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Department of Clinical, Diagnostic, & Therapeutic Sciences

The fact finders of a patient's clinical experience 

These professionals engage in activities ranging from taking x-rays, MRIs, and sonograms to analyzing blood and tissue samples, performing intravascular catheterizations, and treating cancer.

Did you know?

  • 70-80% of all medical decisions are based on results provided by clinical laboratory professionals including medical laboratory scientists.
  • In 2015, the Radiation Therapy program was one of the first nationwide to adopt the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) system to educate radiation therapy students.
  • Approximately 30 million MRI exams are conducted annually in the U.S.
  • Radiographers (formally known as x-ray technologists) are referred to as "the eyes of medicine" for identifying structures within the body.
  • Ultrasound has evolved from a method of detecting submarines to one of the primary imaging modalities used to screen, diagnose, and treat disease.
Howard Hunt, MA, MD, 1970

From the McGoogan Health Sciences Library Special Collections and Archives

James Temme, MPA, RT(R)(QM), 2014

From the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Strategic Communications

Department Leadership

The Radiography program was created by Howard Hunt, MA, MD, in the 1930s as an approximately 6-month internship. From the 1940s to the early 1970s there were several directors of Radiography. In 1974, James Temme, MPA, RT(R)(QM), was named program director.

Programs: Years Established

  • Medical Laboratory Science - 1938
  • Nuclear Medicine - 1972
  • Radiation Therapy - 1973
  • Radiography - 1974
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography - 1975
  • Cardiovascular Interventional Technology - 2000
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging - 2012

Founding Directors

Helen Wyandt Reinhart, MsC

Medical Technology Program (Medical Laboratory Science)

Maria Nagel

Nuclear Medicine Program

Connie Mitchell, MA, RT(R)(CT)

Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Program

Diane Chadwell, MA, RT(R)(T), FASRT

Radiation Therapy Program

Adam Stevens, MA, RT(R)(CT)(MR)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program

Cheri Fisher, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

We invite you to explore our current programs.



Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Improve health and provide care for individuals across the lifespan who have injuries, disabilities, or other health conditions that affect movement and function.

Physical and occupational therapists are movement experts who diagnose and treat individuals with medical or other health-related conditions so they can regain optimal movement and functional activities in their daily lives.

Physical therapists evaluate and provide intervention to prevent injury and reduce or manage pain and other chronic conditions. They also help people achieve fitness goals and lead active lives.

Occupational therapists evaluate and provide intervention to compensate, remediate, or prevent injury or illness and promote health and wellness. They help people adapt and engage in daily life activities where they live, play, work, learn, and rest.

Did you know?

  • For patients with a new episode of lower back pain, beginning with physical therapy can lower first-year treatment costs by 72%.
  • Occupational therapy and physical therapy trace their beginnings to the early 20th century, following World War I.
  • Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist were ranked the #10 and #11 “best health care jobs” by US News and World Report in 2022.
  • Employment demand for occupational and physical therapists is projected to grow 17% and 21% respectively from 2020-2030.

Programs: Years Established

  • Physical Therapy - 1970
  • Occupational Therapy - 2021

Founding Directors

Mary Ellen Sacksteder, PT

Physical Therapy

Nancy Krusen, PhD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy

We invite you to explore our current programs.



Department of Medical Sciences

Aiding and expanding care through early diagnosis, treatment, and patient education.

Professionals in the medical sciences provide direct patient care. They are members of surgical teams, use nutrition science to help people stay healthy and treat disease, microscopically evaluate cells to detect disease, and provide education and counsel to help patients understand diagnoses and procedures.

Did you know?

  • Physician assistants treat patients and prescribe medications in all 50 states.
  • The first UNMC physician assistant class began in 1973 with five students who went to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the first year of their curriculum.
  • UNMC has awarded over 5,800 degrees to the graduates of the U.S. military Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) since 1996, providing uniformed services with highly competent PAs. This is the longest continually federally funded contract at UNMC.
  • The field of cytology began with a discovery by George Papanicolaou, MD, of abnormal cells in women who had or would soon develop cervical cancer. Thus, was born the "Pap" smear and the profession trained in cancer detection.
  • Cytology at UNMC is one of only 13 programs in the country, within a network of 15 sites nationwide.
  • Medical nutrition therapy is treatment provided by a registered dietician nutritionist alongside therapeutic and counseling services to manage health conditions.
  • The genetic counseling profession has grown by over 100% and is expected to grow another 100% in the next ten years.
  • . In 2024, UNMC’s College of Allied Health Professions will launch a Master of Respiratory Therapy Program with an entry-into-practice degree (9th in the U.S.), a Degree Advancement Option (5th in the U.S.) that will confer a Master of Respiratory Care (MRC) degree upon graduation. Offered in both Omaha and Kearney, these newly developed programs will provide Nebraska and the nation with quality health care practitioners by offering education and clinical opportunities at the highest level of practice. Discover more about the history of respiratory therapy.


Programs: Years Established

  • Physician Assistant - 1973
  • Medical Nutrition - 1976
  • Clinical Perfusion - 1989
  • Cytology - 1994
  • Genetic Counseling - 2017
  • Respiratory Therapy - 2021

Founding Directors

Dave Goddard, CCP

Clinical Perfusion

Jesse Edwards, MS

Physician Assistant

Sandy Stork, MS

Medical Nutrition

Holly Zimmerman, MS, CGC

Genetic Counseling

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Department of Allied Health Professions Education, Research, & Practice

Dedicated to advancing knowledge, increasing opportunities for allied health professionals, and expanding the role of allied health in interprofessional education and practice.

Through distance education opportunities, graduate degrees, and certifications, professionals are encouraged to continue growing their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their patients.

Did you know?

Programs: Years Established

  • Health Professions Teaching & Technology - 2016
  • Healthcare Delivery Science - 2021
  • Certificates in Applied Informatics & Healthcare Quality Improvement - 2021


Online Degree Advancement Options: Years Established

  • Physician Assistant - 1996
  • Radiography - 2003
  • Clinical Perfusion - 2003
  • Medical Laboratory Science - 2005


Founding Directors

Tanya Custer, MS, RT(R)(T)

Healthcare Delivery Science

Jan Tompkins, MPH, MT(ASCP)

Health Professions Teaching & Technology

We invite you to explore our current programs.