BS in Clinical Laboratory Science

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. 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
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
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
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II
BIOL 3320Genetics3
CHEM 2324
CHEM 2124
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324
CLSC 2210Intro to the Clinical Lab2
CLSC 2212Clinical Laboratory Statistics2
CLSC 3357Opportunist & Parasitic Infect3
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
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-Fall Semester:
CLSC 4111Molecular Diagnosis Laboratory1
CLSC 4210Molecular Diagnostics2
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 (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
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
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. 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 one of the following:1-4
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
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
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 Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
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 (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
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 (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6