BS in Clinical Laboratory Science

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The Clinical Laboratory Science Program (CLS), formerly Medical Technology, is designed to prepare graduates to function as professional members of the health care team. Their services are utilized in hospitals, clinics, and private laboratories, as well as in business and industry. Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform a variety of immunological, biochemical, molecular, and microbiological procedures that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Computerized databases, electronic charting, and sophisticated laboratory techniques such as flow cytometry, DNA, fingerprinting, PCR, and two-dimensional electrophoresis help ensure the accuracy and precision of their work. The University of Texas at El Paso's Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119).

Students completing core and pre-professional courses must apply for the professional phase of the program in the spring semester. The application and application deadlines can be found on the Clinical Laboratory Science department webpage http://www.utep.edu/chs/cls/. All prerequisite courses must be completed before entering the professional phase of the program in the fall semester. Students are not allowed to take other courses concurrently with upper division, professional-phase CLS courses.  Applicants must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in math and sciences and must pass a drug screen and background check. University and clinical faculty may interview all applicants.

A limited number of clinical sites are available; therefore, students are selected in the spring semester to enter the professional phase once a year beginning in the Summer semester. Depending on the number of clinical affiliates available in any one year, a student might be required to attend clinical preceptorships outside the El Paso area at the student’s expense.

Students must complete all lower-division course work prior to enrolling in the professional Clinical Laboratory Science courses. Before enrolling in the clinical practicum, all students must show evidence of professional liability insurance, health insurance, current CPR certification, a recent physical examination, and current immunizations (titers), including hepatitis and influenza vaccinations. Some clinical affiliates may require students to provide proof of immunizations/titers for varicella, hepatitis B, measles, rubella, and rubeola, and twp-step TB proof of medical insurance.  To engage in clinical practicums, which are crucial to the curriculum, CLS students must undergo and pass a background check and drug screening. In addition, some clinical practicums require finger printing.

A grade of C (75%) or higher must be earned in each CLS class. If a student earns less than a C (75%), the student must withdraw from the program and reapply the following year.

All students must perform within limits of safe practice. Students who are deemed unsafe by faculty will be dropped and will receive an F in the clinical course.  All work performed by students during the clinical practicum is under the direct supervision of clinical faculty and countersigned by them.

As a professional, the student must exhibit a commitment to the welfare of patients. The faculty in the program reserves the right to refuse the opportunity of a student to perform tests or procedures on patients if the student gives evidence of unsafe and/or ineffective laboratory techniques.

Students graduating from The University of Texas at El Paso are eligible to take the national certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (BOC). Students passing the exam can use the initials MLS after their names.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 133

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Clinical Lab Science Prerequisites
All CLSC courses require a C or better
Designated Core Courses: C
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
4
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Recommended Core:
PHIL 2306Ethics3
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology3
Program Prerequisites:
The courses below are also prerequisite courses requiring a C or better for other courses in the CLS degree plan
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II
4
BIOL 3320Genetics3
CHEM 2324
CHEM 2124
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324
4
CLSC 2210Intro to the Clinical Lab2
CLSC 2212Clinical Laboratory Statistics2
CLSC 3357Opportunist & Parasitic Infect3
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
4
Clinical Lab Science Core (Courses require a grade of C or better.)
Junior Year-Summer:
CLSC 3351Concepts in Immunodiagnostics3
Junior Year-Fall Semester:
CLSC 3153Body Fluids Lab1
CLSC 3155Clinical Chemistry I Lab1
CLSC 3161Serology Lab1
CLSC 3252Body Fluids2
CLSC 3257Hematology I Lab2
CLSC 3260Serology2
CLSC 3354Clinical Chemistry I3
CLSC 3356Hematology I3
Junior Year-Spring Semester:
CLSC 3164Clinical Chemistry II Lab1
CLSC 3167Intectious Dis Lab:Pre-Anal Op1
CLSC 3168Infec Dis Lab:Anal/Post-Ana Op1
CLSC 3269Immunohematology Lab2
CLSC 3364Hematology II3
CLSC 3365Clinical Chemistry II3
CLSC 3366Infectious Diseases3
CLSC 3368Immunohematology3
Senior Year-Summer
CLSC 4111Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory1
CLSC 4210Molecular Diagnostics2
Senior Year-Fall Semester:
CLSC 4471Preceptorship I4
CLSC 4472Preceptorship II4
CLSC 4273Clinical Education2
CLSC 4274Clinical Investigation2
Senior Year-Spring Semester:
CLSC 4100Ethics1
CLSC 4180Seminar1
CLSC 4275Clinical Lab Mgmt/Supervision2
CLSC 4476Preceptorship III4
CLSC 4478Preceptorship IV4
Total Hours133

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6