Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions


Two DDTS Students Awarded Scholarships

Two Georgia Southern University Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences students received the Mary Howden Gibson and Lois Gaddis Hamilton Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital Auxiliary, a part of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System.

Minhthu Huynh, senior cardiovascular interventional science (CVIS) major, and Danielle Pentecost, senior respiratory therapy major, both received the award, which provides support for promising students who are accepted into a health professions or medical training program in Chatham County, Georgia.

Pentecost, a Savannah, Georgia native, discussed how the scholarship has benefited her. “I do not have to worry about paying for my educational costs and it also allows me to concentrate on what matters to me most: my schooling and taking care of my young daughter who has cystic fibrosis.”

In addition to receiving the Mary Howden Gibson and Lois Gaddis Hamilton Memorial Scholarship, Huynh, also a Savannah, Georgia native, was awarded the Margaret F. Perryman Trust Scholarship.

“These scholarships will allow me to continue my studies in the CVIS program at Georgia Southern and help me obtain my goal of graduating in the top of my class,” stated Huynh. 

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions and offers undergraduate degrees in medical laboratory science, radiologic sciences and respiratory therapy.

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Respiratory Therapy Program Demonstrates Commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement in Education

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has completed their annual review of the Respiratory Therapy program at Georgia Southern University. The review is conducted as a way to ensure ongoing compliance with accreditation standards and CoARC accreditation policies and procedures. Based on the outcomes of the program, the Respiratory Therapy program has met or exceeded all currently set thresholds for success on each of the required outcome measures. The results of this review demonstrate the program’s commitment to continuous quality improvement in education.

The Respiratory Therapy program is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences and and has been accredited since its inception in 1973. The program is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science. Students who earn a degree from the accredited Respiratory Therapy program are qualified for entry into the advanced practitioner credentialing system, which leads to the highest professional credential available in the field of respiratory therapy.

CoARC grants accreditation status to programs in respiratory care that have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum accreditation standards.

Georgia Southern student lands prestigious clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic

Georgia Southern University medical laboratory science student Lauren Frank recently edged ahead of student hopefuls from around the country to earn a six-month medical laboratory assistant clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Mayo Clinic as the No. 1 hospital overall and No. 1 in more specialties than any other hospital in the nation in its 2018-2019 rankings of top hospitals.

For Frank, who chose the Armstrong Campus for its beauty and renowned health professions program, landing a clinical rotation spot at Mayo Clinic was more than an accomplishment; it was the realization of a childhood dream.

“It means so much to be chosen for a clinical rotation at the Mayo Clinic,” she noted. “It has always been a dream of mine to work at Mayo.”

Diagnosed with a rare type of cancer at age five, Nashville, Tennessee, native Frank said her experiences in the hospital encouraged her pursuit of a degree in the medical field so that she could help others in the same way she was helped.

“I chose medical laboratory sciences so that I could aid in the diagnosis and treatment of those who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses,” she said.

Upon completion of the clinical rotation, Frank will graduate in December and hopes to attend medical school to become a pediatric oncologist.

The Medical Laboratory Science program at Georgia Southern, housed within the Waters College of Health Professions, is the largest in the state. Medical laboratory scientists are trained to provide essential clinical information to healthcare providers and are responsible for assuring reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions.

With three top-ranked campuses in Jacksonville, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; and Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic’s specialized experts treat rare and complex conditions for more than one million patients a year.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit

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