The faculty members of the School of Clinical Sciences believe they must provide high-quality, effective, professionally and technically oriented educational programs as described by the various professional and certification agencies. The school recognizes the ever-changing role of the clinical practitioner and believes the curriculum must include features to foster adaptability in its graduates while maintaining a current relevant curriculum. The school embraces the concept of the career-ladder education approach in curriculum design and fosters innovative ways to present education.
The school recognizes the important balance between biology, chemistry and clinical courses in the preparation of a clinical professional and, therefore, adapts an interdisciplinary approach, where applicable, in curriculum design to provide the depth and breadth needed for a specialized knowledge base.
The faculty not only serves the student, but the community and profession as a whole. Therefore, the faculty must serve as professional role models for students and provide leadership in cooperation with other organizations and agencies in promoting the profession and resolving professional issues.
The following goals are identified as necessary to fulfill the program’s philosophy; the school must:
- Provide sufficient clinical training in all areas of the profession to attain competency and proficiency as a technical support clinical professional. It is recognized that all aspects of the profession may not be performed but that the student has gained competency in techniques representative of and applicable to most procedures and/or processes.
- Provide appropriate levels of clinical training with extensive academic support.
- Include clinical and simulated experiences, and academic courses to promote adaptable multi-tasking skills among the graduates as they become exposed to varied technologies, responsibilities and future opportunities.
- Continuously evaluate and implement (as appropriate) auto-tutorial instruction which may include computer-aided instruction and audio-visual programs.
- Incorporate clinical experiences as appropriate throughout the curriculum in order to provide students with marketable skills during the process of their education.
- Closely monitor the job market and appropriately counsel students based on this information.
- Periodically undergo program review to meet accreditation or approval standards as set forth by the appropriate accreditation agencies. The program evaluation process must be frequent and in full cooperation with its academic and clinical faculty, students and administrators.
- Produce graduates who successfully complete appropriate certification exams and are highly competitive in securing future employment or advanced education as appropriate.
- Provide continuing education activities for community and regional practicing professionals.
- Hold membership and actively participate in the professional societies.
- Provide mentorship to students in the academic and clinical settings.