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Collection Development Policy Statement: Allied Health: Purpose or Scope of Collection

Written by Marilia Antunez 10/28/05, Revised 10/8/07, Revised by Susan Kendall 8/21/09. Page Coordinator: Susan Kendall skendall@msu.edu

Purpose or Scope of Collection

A. Curricular, Research and Programmatic Needs

The purpose of the Allied Health Collection of the MSU Libraries’ is to support the research, teaching, and information needs of students and faculty in the (1) Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and in the (2) Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program. The collection consists of materials in these allied health fields/degrees and attempts will be made to have a balanced collection of materials appropriate to the mission of the MSU Libraries.

  1. The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers courses leading to the B.A. and M.A. degrees, with specialization in communicative sciences and disorders. The B.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is not the terminal degree for students wanting to become speech language pathologists. A master’s degree is the requirement for entry-level positions. The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits the M.A. in speech-language pathology. Currently, the Department does not offer the Au.D. degree, the requirement for entry-level audiologists.

    The Department is a unit of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) and utilizes and administers its clinical program through various Clinical and educational settings througout the state.

    The curriculum in the Department focuses on all areas directly related with speech and hearing behavior; speech, hearing and language disorders; and the diagnostic and therapeutic management of these disorders at the undergraduate, graduate and research levels.

  2. The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program, sometimes called Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) is a division of the College of Natural Science. The program offers the B.S. and M.S. degrees. At the undergraduate level, the B.S. in Medical Technology (MT or CLS) and the Diagnostic Molecular Science degree programs are offered. The Bachelors degree leads to certification by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). At the graduate level, the M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and Biomedical Laboratory Operations (BLMO) is offered. The M.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science is also available online. In addition to these degree programs, the College offers certificate programs in Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics and Immunodiagnostic and Clinical Flow Cytometry.

    The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program focuses on the provision of quality medical laboratory tests. The teaching and research effort of the Program is concentrated in the areas of hematology, immunology/immunohematology, hemostasis, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry and body fluids.

B. Existing Strengths and Emphasis

Research in new areas and continued emphasis on the current areas of research will be emphasized.


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