College of Science and Allied Health

Department Chair: Mark R. Zellmer
4046 Health Science Center, 608-785-6620


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Taylor; Associate Professors: Martin, McCoy, Zellmer; Assistant Professors: Dougherty-Harris, Kemnitz, McCannon, Scheuermann, Soneira-Ruiz, Uphoff; Lecturers: Arney, Garland, Heinz, Majewski, Rathgaber, Saeger, Temple, Wessels.



The Clinical Science Department includes five health professions programs. These programs include Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Occupational Therapy (O-T), Physician Assistant Studies (PA), Radiation Sciences: Nuclear Medical Technology (NMT), and Radiation Sciences: Radiation Therapy (R-T). Each of these programs has an identified professional curriculum including both didactic and clinical experiences which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Each program has defined pre-professional prerequisites and admission criteria, which must be completed before seeking admission to the professional program. Student participation in each program is governed by program specific policies that can be obtained directly from the program.



Healthcare institutions are required by law to screen students involved in caring for their patients as part of the Wisconsin Caregiver Program. Clinical Science programs facilitate this process for institutions providing clinical instruction by processing the necessary forms when students matriculate into the professional program curriculum. If an institution determines that a student is ineligible to participate in the care of their patients based on this process, the studentís ability to complete the professional program may be jeopardized. Similar processes exist in Minnesota and other surrounding states. Further information about the Wisconsin Caregive Program and its requirements can be found at


The MLS, O-T, PA and R-T programs all hold programmatic accreditation with their professions' accrediting agency. The NMT program has academic relationships with several hospital-based programs, which hold the NMT professional program accreditation. Further information about each of the Clinical Science Department's programs follows.


The department has several courses which allow pre-professional students to explore the various health professions and aspects of healthcare. The departmentís faculty and instructional academic staff includes those involved directly with these programs and the departmentís curriculum. In addition, recognizing the significant academic contributions to the department by health professionals in both the didactic and clinical setting, numerous clinicians from many disciplines hold clinical, and CSC academic staff appointments. See p. 296 for a listing of those individuals.



CSC/HPR106††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cr. 2

Introduction to Health Related Careers

Overview of health related professions in the health delivery system. Course will include educational and professional aspects of a broad range of health related careers. General topics will include an overview of the health related delivery system, health reform, legal and ethical issues, and professionalism. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to present specific information on individual health related professions. (Cross-listed with HPR; may only earn credit in CSC or HPR.)


CSC†††††† 350†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cr. 1-3

Topics in Clinical Science

Topics for this course are selected by the instructor and/or as developed by student/faculty dialogue to meet special interests and needs of students. These topics are relevant to pre-professional physician assistant education or others interested in health care careers, but are not found elsewhere in the university curriculum. Repeatable for credit ó maximum 6.


CSC 421/BIO 501/P-T 521††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cr. 7

Human Gross Anatomy

A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculo-skeletal components and internal organ systems. Systems included are musculoskeletal, neurological, urogenital, gastrointestinal, skeletal, and cardiopulmonary. The course includes the complete regional dissection of the human cadaver. Biomechanical function, topographic and radiographic correlations, and clinical applications are emphasized. Provides an in-depth understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body through lecture, audiovisual, computer, and gross cadaver dissection. Lect. 5, Lab. 12.5. Prerequisite: admission to the physician assistant or occupational therapy program. (Cross-listed with BIO 501 and P-T 521; may only earn credit in CSC 421 or BIO 501 or P-T 521.)Offered summer session.