Any student may earn credit by examination for BIMS 3200, BIMS 3102, BIMS 4325, and BIMS 4370. Students must enroll in the course and receive permission from the instructor, the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science and the Dean of the College of Science and Technology. The test will be administered by the instructor and must be passed with an 80% or above. A written and practical examination may be given. Students failing the challenge examination must complete the course for a grade.


All Clinical Laboratory Science courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or above. Professional Practicum II and III (BIMS 4598 and BIMS 4599) have comprehensive examinations which are major portions of the course grade. In addition, students graduating from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi must satisfy other graduation requirements described in the current University Catalog. Students must obtain special permission from the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science and from the Dean of the College of Science and Technology to repeat courses in which they have a grade below a "C" or were dropped after the second examination.


Clinical Laboratory Science students must have…

  • good manual dexterity to manipulate laboratory instruments and equipment;
  • visual capability to differentiate colors, identify structures microscopically and read written materials;
  • communication skills for transmitting information;
  • intellectual ability for critical thinking and
  • good general health. (Students may be exposed to opportunistic and pathogenic organisms.)

Standing, walking, and lifting may be necessary for performance of some duties.


Students must follow all safety regulations and standards during all laboratory sessions and clinical experiences. General safety policies are described in the Laboratory Safety Seminar (SMTE 0092) which is a co-requisite for all courses in the Department of Life Sciences that have a laboratory component. Additional safety information and regulations will be given during the laboratory periods and clinical experiences. Laboratory samples are from clinical laboratories and must be treated as biohazards. Failure to comply with the safety regulations will result in dismissal from the laboratory.


Clinical laboratory science students must follow the professional standards for personal appearance, personal conduct, patient care and medical ethics. The students must follow hospital regulations during the clinical experience.  Students will not be substituted for regular staff during their clinical experiences.  Students are advised and counseled throughout the program with confidentiality and impartiality by their faculty mentor or advisor.  After proper counseling, the program has the right to dismiss any student who refuses to follow these professional standards.


Any problem should be discussed with the instructor or supervisor involved. Unresolved problems should be brought to the attention of the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science. Additional appeals should follow the procedures found in the University Catalog.


Service work performed by the student in a clinical setting must be outside regular academic or clinical training hours, noncompulsory, paid, supervised on site, and subject to employee regulations.


Enrollment in the CLS Professional Practicum courses (CLSC 4297, CLSC 4598 and CLSC 4599) is limited by the number of sites available for clinical laboratory experiences. Students will be admitted to the spring and summer clinicals based on grades in the fall clinical laboratory science courses. Eligible students not admitted to the summer clinicals will be admitted to clinicals the following fall and will graduate in December.

Students planning to enroll in CLSC 4297, CLSC 4598 or CLSC 4599 must submit the following forms and information to the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science one month before the enrollment date:

  • Completed clinical application
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Criminal background check
  • Medical examination and vaccinations
  • Proof of completion of Bachelor's degree, if post-baccalaureate
  • Drug test

(Revised 2005/2006)