Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Academic programs

The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is the academic home of five undergraduate programs that each focus on different aspects of clinical care.

These accredited programs develop health care professionals who have state-of-the-art clinical knowledge and skills. Each program has a 100% board examination pass rate and 100% job placement rate. CDS students are well prepared to excel in collaborative health care teams because they participate in engaging interprofessional activities with students in medicine, nursing and the other programs in the College of Health Sciences.

Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical laboratory scientists are the “medical detectives” of health care, identifying diseases by examining body fluids, tissues and cells. They perform complex laboratory tests, analyze results and discuss the findings with physicians. They also may develop, modify and monitor procedures and programs the ensure the accuracy of tests.

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Also known as sonographers, ultrasound technologists use equipment that generates high-frequency sound waves to obtain real-time images and information about the human body for diagnosis and evaluation. They may perform ultrasound assessments on a patient’s abdomen, brain, heart, reproductive system or musculoskeletal system.

Nuclear Medicine

This field uses trace amounts of radioactive-labeled compounds to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and diseases. It is at the frontier of discovering and understanding the complex physiologic processes of human bodies, affecting every field of medicine from cardiology to neurology, orthopedics to oncology.


Radiographers provide patient services using a variety of imaging machines. In addition to conventional X-ray procedures, radiographers also work with computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiac- and vascular-interventional radiography and quality control.

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pulmonary disorders. They conduct and interpret tests to diagnose impaired lung function and are responsible for assessing, evaluating and modifying treatment. They consult, educate and advise physicians, other health care providers, the community and the patient.

Inclusion, diversity and equity

The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) is committed to supporting teaching, learning, research, and clinical experiences that foster an inclusive and diverse community of people and cultures based on mutual respect and understanding. We recognize the value that diverse perspectives and lived experiences bring to our learning community and to the communities our graduates serve.

Read more about the CDS commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity.

Commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity