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Strategic Plan for Diagnostic & Treatment Sciences

Context For Planning

The Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences was created in January of 2014, It consists of 5 different programs: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Dosimetry, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiation Therapy, and Therapeutic Recreation. There are 17 faculty members, 1 full-time and 1 part-time PSS that make up the department. These are all secondary admit, undergraduate programs with the exception of the Medical Dosimetry program which is a master's level graduate program. There is a plan that includes exploring the possibility of developing and implementing a master's level graduate program in Therapeutic Recreation. Additionally, there is a focus on increasing the size of cohorts within the Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Radiation Therapy, and Medical Dosimetry programs. As part of this growth, and impacting the Medical Laboratory Science and Therapeutic Recreation programs as well, there is an emphasis on recruiting a more diverse student population. Finally, there is a continuous effort to engage in the process of continual quality improvement for all aspects of the programs.


To prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be impactful and competent practitioners, enabling the provision of quality health-care services.


The Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences is focused on inspiring students to be life-long learners who will continually exhibit a passion for their profession and strive to be impactful, competent, and innovative practitioners who contribute to the overall health and wellness of their communities.

Value Statement

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase diversity of students to 10%


Across the programs in the DTS department the range of underrepresented groups is currently between ~8%.


2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Diversity overall for the department measured to be 9.8%.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

All program/emphasis areas within DTS will have advisory boards made up of diverse audience of interests that will meet a minimum of 1x/yr.


Currently not tracked


2016 Status
All programs have advisory boards that meet a minimum of 1x/year and have diverse audiences of interest as defined by their respective accrediting bodies.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

Faculty from all programs will evaluate, and where appropriate, integrate new technologies to support delivery of curriculum.


No baseline has been established.


2016 Status
Substantial Progress
All programs within the department activity evaluate and integrate new technologies to support delivery of curriculum.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

100% of programs/emphasis areas will achieve maximum level of accreditation


Currently 5 of the 6 programs/emphasis areas are accredited at their maximum levels.


2016 Status
Substantial Progress
All programs that are accredited are currently at their maximum level of accreditation. Therapeutic Recreation program is not yet accredited but anticipates a site visit in April of 2017 with accreditation to follow.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

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