May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

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Human Health Building

433 Meadow Brook Road

Rochester, MI 48309-4452

(248) 370-3562

Department Website


Acting Chair: Sumit Dinda, Ph.D.

Professor: Sumit Dinda

Associate professors:  Kristin Landis-Piwowar, Dale Telgenhoff

Special Instructors: Christina Lim, Sara Rivard

Adjunct Instructor: Bill Van Dyke

Visiting Instructor:  Stephanie Mabry

Special Lecturer:  Lisa DeCeunick

Clinical associate professors: Barbara Anderson, Ann Marie Blenc, Martha J. Higgins

Clinical instructors: Nancy E. Ramirez, Dawn Taylor, Bernarda Wroblewski, Jamie Pert, Caroline Loomis, Ryan Smith, Tyler Swift, Brent Vasicek, Sara Wagner


The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences offers programs designed to prepare students for professional opportunities in a variety of settings. Graduates may find employment in hospital or commercial clinical laboratories, research laboratories or public health facilities. Positions within biomedical corporations, including research and development, quality assurance and sales or service may also be prospective sources for employment. Furthermore, because it meets basic academic requirements, the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences curricula provide excellent preparation for entry into post-baccalaureate professional programs including physician assistant, medicine, dentistry and osteopathy. 

In response to new technologies, many areas of specialization have evolved to ensure the expertise of individuals performing the required tasks. As health care professionals, biomedical and clinical scientists play an integral part in patient care. Some are involved in detection and diagnosis of disease while others provide therapy to patients. The Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Department at Oakland University offers several specializations including histotechnology, medical laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, pre-clinical professions, pre-pharmacy, and radiologic technology. Histotechnologists are involved in the diagnosis of disease based on alterations in cells or tissues (anatomic pathology). Medical laboratory scientists perform a wide variety of tests, including chemical, microscopic, bacteriological and immunological procedures used in the diagnosis and study of disease (clinical pathology). Nuclear medicine technologists use small amounts of radioactive materials for diagnostic evaluation of anatomic or physiologic conditions of the body and  provide therapy with radioactive sources. Radiologic technologists utilize ionizing radiation to image internal structures of the body (x-ray and subspecialties).

Generally, employment in a hospital or community clinical laboratory requires certification in a specialization field. Students are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in their specialization upon completion of the appropriate clinical internship at an accredited institution. Professional certification is obtained by successfully passing the examination.

Admission to Specializations

Students are admitted to the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences major directly from high school or by transfer from other colleges or universities. Students have the option of earning the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences degree by completing a clinical specialization internship (described below in “admission to clinical specialization internship”).  A medical laboratory science internship is completed post-baccalaureate. Acceptance into the internship programs is competitive and based on grade point average, personal interview, and letters of recommendation. The application process for each of the specializations is unique. Students are advised to read carefully about their chosen specialization. In some cases, it is the policy of the affiliate institution that a criminal background check, at the student’s expense, is required for acceptance into a clinical program.

All students should select their desired area of specialization by the end of sophomore year, since the coursework in the junior year is different for each specialization. The actual acceptance into a student’s chosen clinical program (specialization) shall define specialization standing for course prerequisites and professional course requirements. The junior and senior year curricula will vary depending upon the specialization.

Pre-Professional Concentration

Students who wish to pursue post-baccelaurate degrees (MD, DO, PA, PhD, etc.) may complete the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Pre-Professional Concentration. Such students may still be eligible to apply for clinical internship opportunities either before or after graduation, if desired.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.



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