are skilled in examining human cellular material in search of abnormalities
that are the warning signs of cancer. They perform a variety of diagnostic
and research procedures in the cytology laboratory including basic cytologic
examinations, staining and processing tissue specimens which have been
removed by non-invasive techniques, surgery or fine needle aspiration.
Advanced techniques include the use of the electron and immunofluorescent
microscopy, cytogenetics and medical photography. The cytotechnologist
is capable of developing a differential diagnosis based upon cellular
evidence in conjunction with pertinent cognitive knowledge and other
and Policies for Clinical Options
procedures are required for students pursuing clinical year placement.
Admission to the clinical science major is contingent upon admission
to the University. However, admission to the University does not constitute
admission to the clinical component. Refer to the section on admission
requirements to the University. In addition, all Clinical Science applicants
to the University must score 575 or above on the Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for an applicant for which English is a second
language, regardless of subsequent instruction in English.
Applications may be accepted after the deadlines if positions are available.
Priority will be given to applications submitted by the deadline.
clinical training options, i.e. Cytotechnology and Medical Technology,
Supplemental Admission Criteria apply.
clinical facilities in each of the options have a limited number of
positions, a limited number of students are admitted to a given option.
In addition, clinical positions may not be available to foreign student
visa holders or students not proficient in English. For any clinical
class there may be more qualified applicants than can be accommodated,
thereby designating the program as “impacted”.
for clinical placement must have been fully admitted to the University
and must have been in residence for two semesters prior to the beginning
of the clinical component. Successful degree applicants must have completed
all graduation requirements with the exception of clinical requirement.
the applicants for a Clinical Option, the Committee for Clinical Laboratory
Experience (CCLE) will determine those applicants who are accepted to
the clinical on the basis of the following Supplemental Admission Criteria:
success as reflected by:
point average in required “pre-clinical course work” (minimum
3.00 on a 4.00 scale).
“pattern” of academic performance
(i.e., consistency and/or improvement);
of the General Education Requirements.
by the Committee for Clinical Laboratory Experience of the student’s
potential to succeed in the program and the profession (appearance,
attitude, interest, enthusiasm, poise, motivation, expectations, career
planning, maturity, social understanding and involvement, flexibility,
professional and emotional fitness for the demands of the job as verified
by a physician and three letters of recommendation. At least one of
these letters should validate relevant work experience and/or knowledge
of the field. Accordingly, it is recommended that one be from an employer
(if employed in a health related field) and the others from faculty
teaching for the pre-clinical course work at CSU Dominguez Hills. Recommendations
should address recent activities.
of two semesters in residence prior to beginning the clinical training.
of expression (oral and written) and relevant extracurricular activity
(e.g. active member or officer of a social club, Clinical Science Club,
etc.) as revealed by an extemporaneous essay and in the application
no felony convictions.
factors that will be considered, but which will not guarantee selection
are: prior qualified application, efforts to seek psycho-social balance
in the program, and veteran status.
to the clinical who have repeated three or more designated pre-clinical
classes may have their ranking reduced in the selection process. Repeating
a single course more than once is discouraged.
is composed of three university faculty and two adjunct faculty from
each clinical facility. One or more oral interviews will be required
on campus and/or at the clinical facilities.
director will notify the applicant of the admission decision in consultation
with the Committee for Clinical Laboratory Experience (CCLE). Once an
applicant has been admitted to the clinical year, the program director,
in consultation with the officials of the affiliated program, determine
to which affiliate the student will be placed. Student preference is
considered as one factor in the decision. In order to retain admission
status, students must communicate their intention to the program director,
in writing, within 15 working days following notification of admission.
Final placement assumes continued eligibility under supplementary and
basic admission criteria. In some cases, the CCLE may require additional
course work or performance levels prior to placement consideration.
Failure to satisfy such requirements may disqualify the student from
entering the clinical component.
not accepted into the clinical component may meet degree requirements
in another major and complete a minor in clinical sciences that may
lead to certification in the option. Alternate degree objectives should
be determined after consultation with an advisor to avoid loss of credit