Departmental Honors tracks coming to Radiation Therapy Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science next fall

Beginning in fall 2022, Departmental Honors tracks will be available to undergraduate students in the WSU Applebaum Radiation Therapy Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science programs, in conjunction with the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

Jeannetta Greer
RTT Program Director Jeannetta Greer

“This will not only enhance course content within our specialized accredited programs but expand opportunities for undergraduate research,” said Associate Dean for Health Sciences Peter Frade. “Through the efforts of EACPHS Dean Brian Cummings and Dean John Corvino and Academic Advisor Rachel Pawlowski from the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, along with the dedicated work of Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director Karen Apolloni, Radiation Therapy Technology Program Director Jeannetta Greer and Health Care Sciences Chair Sara Maher, an approved agreement was achieved for fall 2022 launch. This now opens the door for continued growth and collaboration between undergraduate programs at our two colleges at Wayne State.”

Karen Apolloni
CLS Program Director Karen Apollini

Apolloni says the new Clinical Laboratory Science Honors program will challenge and encourage students to develop undergraduate research projects relevant to their major and to explore CLS course content in greater depth, adding, “Our outstanding faculty are here to guide and mentor the clinical laboratory leaders of tomorrow as they explore and learn more about their chosen profession.”

Echoing that sentiment, Greer said, “Our Radiation Therapy Technology Honors program will be an opportunity for students to learn more about areas of radiation therapy that pique their interest, and go beyond the classroom to enhance their academic experience and patient care skills.”

Dean Cummings says he is looking forward to offering our best and brightest students a new way to shine. “I am immensely pleased to be able help create one of the first formal Honors tracks in the history of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences,” Cummings said. “I want to acknowledge the hard work of Dean Frade and Professors Apolloni and Greer, as well as the awesome people at the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, including Dean Corvino.”

Clinical laboratory scientists work behind the scenes to provide critical information to doctors through medical tests. In fact, lab results inform more than 70% of diagnoses, allowing doctors to tailor treatment plans and therapies to each patient. Clinical laboratory scientists may also pursue careers in medical information systems technology, research and design new testing methods, or go on to medical school. The bachelor of science in Clinical Laboratory Science is offered through Wayne State’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with an application deadline of May 1.

Radiation therapists have a unique opportunity to blend the knowledge and skills of mathematics, science and psychology in their daily work. Radiation therapists operate sophisticated radiation equipment to treat malignant tissue, assist in designing cancer treatment through the use of 3D computer-generated calculations, recognize when a patient is having additional medical problems that require a doctor's attention and provide psychological support for patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness. The bachelor of science in Radiation Therapy Technology is offered through Wayne State’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with an application deadline of Nov. 30

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