The clinical laboratory scientist holds a key position in life-and-death matters involving the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Therefore, the practice of clinical laboratory science requires professional certification that is regulated both from within the profession and, in some states, by law. Clinical Laboratory Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. In addition to the coursework for the baccalaureate degree, professional certification as a clinical laboratory scientist requires the completion of post-baccalaureate courses. A student who has a baccalaureate degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, or Microbiology, or who is completing the requirements for such a degree, may obtain one of three post-baccalaureate certifications in clinical laboratory science: generalist, clinical chemist, or medical microbiologist. To apply for certification in any area, a student must complete those Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science Option courses required for certification in that area. Complete information may be obtained from the clinical laboratory science program director.
To apply for clinical laboratory science certification examinations, a student must earn a “C” or better in all CLSC courses. Application for certification programs should be made directly to the clinical laboratory sciences office. An interview and reference letters may be required. Contact a clinical laboratory science faculty mentor for additional information.