Clinical Science

Program Mission

The mission of the Clinical Sciences programs 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 programs, in addition to preparing entry-level clinical practitioners are 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.

Program Goal and Objective Learning Outcomes

The goal, in addition to preparing clinical practitioners, is to produce clinical scientists who can research, develop, evaluate and implement skills and procedures utilizing a high degree of independent judgment, cognitive knowledge, and to consult where appropriate with other members of the health care team. More specifically, students will be expected to enter their careers with the competencies listed below.

  1. Demonstrate the ability to recall, apply and synthesize knowledge of scientific principles, clinical concepts, mechanisms leading to disease, and methodologies in each area of the laboratory.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to correlate laboratory findings with the disease presentation.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform clinical diagnostic testing and evaluate outcomes in order to solve problems related to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of services in each area of the laboratory.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge of research design/practice to evaluate published studies, to create an abstract and proposal, and to address laboratory-related advances and innovations.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of management to address laboratory operations, communication, ethics, safety, regulatory and compliance, and professional development.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism in personal conduct by showing the ability to communicate effectively, respect patient rights, culture, privacy, and participate as a member of the healthcare team and comply with laboratory standards of practice.
  7. Graduates of the program, upon completion of their clinical training and passage of the appropriate certification examination(s), are considered to be clinical/medical laboratory scientists and professionals armed with the technical skills and knowledge theory necessary to meet current and future standards of quality laboratory and healthcare services practice.

Clinical Science Department:

Welch Hall A330

Phone: 310-243-3748


Department Chair: Dr. Payman Nasr, email,

Department Administrative Support Coordinator: Maria Ramirez-Vasquez