Clinical Laboratory Science BS

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. 

 

Tuition Refunds

Refunds are based on:

  • The term student is enrolled in
  • # of class days attended by student
  • Withdrawal from university or from course(s)
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Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Possess a broad understanding of science and its in-depth applications, techniques, principles, and instruments used to their specific option within the clinical laboratory sciences major.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Practice the skills necessary to analyze and interpret test results through knowledge of physiological and pathological conditions that affect testing.
Admission Criteria and General Requirements for CLS
The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours: 42 are from designated Core Curriculum Program courses, 17 are from clinical laboratory core courses, 8 are required Foundation courses and 51-53 are Clinical courses. After their sophomore year (60 semester hours), students must have (and maintain) a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above in their course work, with no course work older than 6 years. No “D” or “F” grades will be accepted as credit within the clinical laboratory core or clinical courses.
CLS Mission

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE MISSION

The mission of Clinical Laboratory Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is to prepare students for productive careers in clinical laboratory science and related fields and to provide students with the intellectual, cultural and ethical foundations necessary to contribute effectively and positively to a changing global community.

CLS Goals

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE GOALS

The goals of Clinical Laboratory Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi include:

  1. providing the student with a solid foundation of knowledge to build upon through added experience. This foundation should include:
    1. an in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, instruments, and their inter-relationships in the clinical laboratory at hospitals as well as in a variety of other settings.
    2. the ability to recognize the interdependency of clinical laboratory tests and interpret the validity of the tests through knowledge of the physiological and pathological conditions which affect the tests.
    3. a sense of pride in the quality of work and in the contribution toward quality patient care.
    4. a continuing interest in expanding their knowledge and in professional advancement.
    5. a basic understanding of leadership skills and techniques as applied to the clinical laboratory.
    6. the educational background necessary to provide the flexibility to adapt to an evolving profession and to accept the challenge of new opportunities.
  2. supporting and encouraging intellectual growth of the faculty through applied research and continued education.
  3. developing innovative programs, curricula and teaching methods to meet the needs of the diverse student population and the changing profession.
  4. providing information, expertise and service to the community.
Competencies

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE COMPETENCIES

Entry level competencies for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Clinical Laboratory Science students address the areas of professionalism, skills, knowledge and synthesis.

Professionalism

The graduating Clinical Laboratory Scientist is expected to:

  1. maintain professional standards in all matters related to the ethics, medical information and job responsibilities.
  2. promote public relations for the clinical laboratory by maintaining professional image and conduct.
  3. utilize appropriate communication skills for exchanging ideas and information and transmitting laboratory results.
  4. recognize the need for continuing education for the application of current scientific/technical knowledge in the clinical laboratory and for participation in professional organizations.
  5. demonstrate an awareness of the knowledge/responsibility level of the clinical laboratory scientist and of other laboratory personnel.

Skills

The graduating clinical laboratory scientist is expected to:

  1. obtain blood from a patient insuring the comfort and safety of the patient before, during and following blood collection.
  2. obtain and process specimens, utilizing appropriate techniques and maintaining integrity of the specimen in relation to the test to be performed.
  3. determine the priority of laboratory requests and arrange the workload to provide for optimal patient care and workload efficiency.
  4. calibrate and operate instruments and equipment using the appropriate materials and following established protocols.
  5. perform preventative maintenance operations on laboratory instruments following established protocols.
  6. perform tests according to established methods, utilizing efficient organization and work flow and producing accurate test results.
  7. accurately calculate, record, and report test results and associated information, conforming to established procedures and standards.
  8. prepare and periodically update procedure manuals.
  9. instruct students and/or personnel in the operation and maintenance of instruments and equipment, the performance of methods and procedures and standards.
  10. recognize, record and evaluate instrument or equipment malfunctions and discrepancies in test results.
  11. prepare and label chemical and biological reagents and materials according to prescribed directions, using proper laboratory techniques and observing safety precautions.
  12. monitor acquisition, processing and storage of laboratory supplies.

Knowledge

The graduating clinical laboratory scientist is expected to:

  1. recognize correct specimen collection procedures based on test request, analytical system requirements and patient status.
  2. identify or state principals of basic laboratory methods.
  3. recognize internal and external policies and regulations including medico-legal custodial responsibilities for the acquisition, identification, transport, storage and disposal of specimens.
  4. recognize hazardous specimens and materials and process them according to established safety measures.
  5. associate basic human physiology and pathophysiology with test results.
  6. evaluate the validity of test results by relating them to reference intervals, quality control data, analytical system performance, correlation with other test data and patient status.
  7. recognize situations in which additional or confirmation procedures are indicated.
  8. demonstrate an awareness of necessity for periodic evaluation of safety manuals, procedure manuals, and instrument maintenance protocols.
  9. demonstrate an awareness of the use of basic management principles in the clinical laboratory setting Including:
    1. critical pathways and clinical decision making
    2. performance improvement
    3. dynamics of healthcare delivery systems as they affect laboratory service
    4. human resource management to include position description, performance evaluation, utilization of personnel, and analysis of workflow and staffing patterns
    5. financial management: profit and loss, cost/benefit, reimbursement requirements, materials/inventory management
  10. critically evaluate and review published research.

Synthesis

The graduating clinical laboratory scientist is expected to:

  1. establish a patient identification system.
  2. select, evaluate and implement laboratory test methods including the selection of reagents.
  3. develop and monitor quality assurance systems/quality improvement including an instrument maintenance program
  4. establish criteria for evaluating and evaluate the suitability of specimens for the analysis requested.
  5. establish a system for providing patients with blood and blood products in accordance with internal and external policies and regulations or standards.
  6. establish reference intervals appropriate for the systems utilized and the population served.
Clinical Facilities
  • Christus Spohn Health System
  • Memorial
  • Shoreline
  • South
  • Kleberg
  • Alice
  • Beeville
  • Corpus Christi Medical Center
  • Doctors Regional
  • Bay Area
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital
  • Corpus Christi Women’s Center
  • Nueces County Health Department
  • Citizens Medical Center (Victoria, Tx)
  • Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital (Kenedy, Tx)