The Master of Health Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (MHS CDS) is designed for practicing health care providers seeking to build advanced, profession-specific competencies and learn how to develop safe and effective interprofessional health care teams.
The program offers emphasis areas for health care professionals who hold active credentials in clinical laboratory science, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiography and respiratory therapy. Health care professionals who do not have a one of these credentials may complete this degree without a transcripted emphasis area.
The MHS CDS program is a 30-credit, online program which is designed to be completed part-time by practicing health care professionals. The curriculum is organized into three parts with integrated opportunities to achieve stackable credentials.
Interprofessional core courses
Interprofessional core courses (9 credit hours) offer practical preparation for effective team functioning.
- Hth_Pr 7100 Intro to Interprofessional Practice (1 credit hour)
- CDS 8410 Clinical Analytics (3 credit hours)
- CDS 8420 Clinical Management (3 credit hours)
- CDS 8430 Clinical Leadership (2 credit hours)
Leadership electives (minimum 12 credit hours) offer preparation for one of three career paths:
- Health care facilities (hospitals, clinics);
- Higher education programs preparing entry-to-practice health care professionals (colleges, universities); or
- Health care industry (medical equipment or pharmaceutical sales and customer support).
Students should identify leadership elective courses of interest within the first semester of enrollment in the program. Leadership electives plan must be approved by the program director no later than the beginning of the second semester of enrollment in the program. Electives include graduate certificates such as the following:
- College Teaching graduate certificate (12 credit hours)
- Global Public Health graduate certificate (15 credit hours)
- Online Educator graduate certificate (12 credit hours)
- Organizational Consulting & Change graduate certificate (12 credit hours)
- Public Health graduate certificate (12 credit hours)
Emphasis area electives
Emphasis area electives (minimum 6 credit hours) prepare students for one or more advanced professional credentials.
- MHS CDS–Clinical Laboratory Science: Most students will hold an active MLS credential from ASCP.
- MHS CDS–Imaging Sciences
- MHS CDS-Respiratory Therapy: Most students will hold an active RRT credential from NBRC.
The program culminates in a personalized capstone project (CDS 8990 Clinical Capstone) with a potential employer that is tailored to the student’s management and/or leadership goals (3 credit hours).
Eligible students must:
- have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- have earned a 3.0 or better GPA in the last 60 hours of baccalaureate coursework (for applicants with less than a master’s degree).
- meet additional requirements for international applicants.
If your degree is from a U.S. college or school, the institution must be approved by one of the following U.S. Regional Accrediting Bodies:
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
If your degree is from a non-U.S. college or university, the institution must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. The degree must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree, or higher degree. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding degree equivalency.