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Clinical Science

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Clinical Science (CS) Program is to provide high quality education and professional preparation in cytotechnology and medical technology for a diverse student population, to prepare them for traditional and emerging roles as clinical science professionals.  The goals of each of the options, in addition to preparing entry-level clinical practitioners, is to:       Produce clinical scientists who can research, develop, evaluate and implement clinical skills and procedures utilizing a high degree of independent judgment and applied cognitive knowledge; Consult where appropriate with other members of the health care team; and Instill within graduates a sense of professionalism, dedication and commitment to healthcare and their profession that will stay with them throughout their careers.

What is a Medical Technologist?

Medical Technologists perform or supervise the performance of clinical laboratory testing in the general and specialized areas of clinical biochemistry, hematology, medical microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, serology and clinical microscopy.  Data collected is correlated to pathophysiology and used by health professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and preventions of disease.  Also, Medical Technologists review and conduct research activities.

What is a Cytotechnologist?

Cytotechnologists 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 process9ing tissue specimens which have been removed by non-invasive techniques, surgery or fine needle aspiration.  Advanced techniques include cellular analysis using specialized microscopy, immunofluorescent, molecular markers, cytogenetics and medical photograph.  The Cytotechnologist is capable of developing a differential diagnosis based upon cellular evidence in conjunction with pertinent cognitive knowledge and other clinical data and issues the final report on specimens that contain normal cells.  When abnormal cells are present, the cytotechnologist teams with a pathologist to arrive at a final diagnosis.

The Medical Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Rd
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

The Cytotechnology clinical program is accredited through The Greater Los Angeles Consortium by the Program Review Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology, sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) located at 35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1970 Chicago, IL, 60601-2208

Graduates of each program are eligible for the certification examination of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the certification examination of the National Certification Agency (NCA), and for licensure examination of the California State Department of Health.

CSU Dominguez Hills offers one of the few four-year curricula culminating with the BS degree in Clinical Science with eligibility to take the professional certifying examinations and California State Licensure. Programs at many other institutions are not accredited and require five or more years to complete.

For those who have a clinical or related science undergraduate degree, but do not have the appropriate clinical training/internship, the Certificate Program in Medical Technology or Cytotechnology provides an academic and clinical route to professional certification and California state licensure.