Clinical Laboratory Science Program Including Postbaccalaureate Certification

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Clinical Laboratory Science is an interesting, challenging and rewarding profession. Laboratory tests performed to aid physicians in their diagnosis and treatment of patients are done under the direction of clinical laboratory scientists. Working in a hospital, clinic, research laboratory, physician’s office or public health laboratory, they are responsible for a variety of chemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, serological and other laboratory procedures.

Medical laboratory professionals have unlimited choices of practice settings and a critical shortage of qualified personnel exists throughout the nation. Positions are open now in all areas of the country. In the years to come, the major areas of scientific exploration will include the immune system, cell marker technology, bioengineering, DNA technology and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics are just a few of the specialties with openings. In commercial businesses and industries, there are positions available in marketing and sales of laboratory equipment and products as well as research and development of new technology.

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. More than a quarter million people work in medical laboratory services alone. As our population grows older and medical knowledge expands, there is an increasing need for highly skilled and educated professionals. Despite this growth, there is a national shortage of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (a higher percentage deficit than for any other health-care professional-including nursing). This shortage is likely to increase in the next decade as programs close while the need continues to expand.

At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, you will find well equipped classroom and laboratory facilities where you will spend most of the time learning the principles and theories of clinical laboratory science. These courses are taught by qualified faculty at the University who are knowledgeable in all areas of the clinical laboratory. The classes are small, and the faculty is dedicated to quality instruction and interaction with the students. In addition, you will spend the summer of your final year in various clinical laboratories throughout the city, including a children’s hospital, an independent laboratory and several large city hospitals. This provides a diversity of experience and provides a basis for choosing working circumstances upon completion of this program.

All of our graduates to date have successfully found employment, most within 6 months after completion of the program.  Many remain in the immediate area while others have moved throughout the state and even outside the state.  Job availability for clinical laboratory scientists extends beyond the medical laboratory to industry, research, sales, and consulting. 

Pass Rates (BS & PB)

2013 2014 2015 2016
Total # of graduates 24 18 23 18
# who took BOC first year 21 14 20 15
# who passed BOC first year 19 10 14 7
BOC Pass Rate 90% 71% 70% 63%

Placement Rates (BS & PB)

2013 2014 2015 2016
Total # of graduates 24 18 23 18
# employed or continued education 21 15 22 12
# who did neither above 0 0 1 1
No info available 3 3 0 5
Placement Rate 100% 100% 96% 96%

Graduation/Attrition Rates

2013 2014 2015 2016
Attrition Rate 0% 0% 0% 5%
Graduation Rate 100% 100% 100% 98%

Information at a Glance:

Option: Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
Certification Possibilities:

  • General Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Generalist)
  • Medical Microbiologist
  • Clinical Chemist

Program/Major: Clinical Laboratory Science (degree conferred is Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science)
Department: Life Sciences
College: Science and Technology
Institution: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty with Doctoral Degrees and CLS Certification:

  • Jean Sparks, Ph.D. - Director — MLS (ASCP)
  • Felix Omoruyi, Ph.D. NRCC-CC, SC(ASCP)

Current Clinical Affiliates:

Maximum number of students in program: 24. This number is based on access to equipment, the number of faculty and the availability of clinical affiliates. The student population is a mixture of…

  • Full-time and part-time B.S./Certification CLS students who will earn their first degree from A&M-Corpus Christi
  • Full-time and part-time B.S./Certification CLS students (with A.S. degrees from other institutions)
  • Postbaccalaureate students (with non-CLS B.S. degrees) seeking training and certification.

For more information about Clinical Laboratory Science, visit the website:

… or contact the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science, Dr. Jean Sparks

Telephone: (361) 825-2359
Fax: (361) 825-3719
Office: CS-130G, Unit 5802
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5802

Clinical Laboratory Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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