The Second Degree and Certificate programs in clinical laboratory science are 12-month online programs for students who have completed a four-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Didactic material is delivered online and a six-day laboratory session is conducted on-site at the end of each of the first two semesters. The students will also be required to complete a clinical preceptorship in an affiliated laboratory. Candidates must have an overall 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale and a 2.5 science GPA on a 4.0 scale. A student admitted into the Clinical Laboratory Science program must meet basic AND essential requirements that are necessary to be able to obtain employment in the field of clinical laboratory medicine.

Program Statistics

PROGRAM OUTCOMES - THREE YEAR AVERAGE (2015-2017) CLS Traditional and Second Degree / Certificate Combined Averages
Rate Percentage
Graduation Rate 92%
MLS (ASCP) Certification pass rate 90.9%
Attrition Rate 8.0%
Placement rate 96%

Note: Placement rate is defined as the percent of graduates (respondents) that found employment in the field or a closely related field within one year of graduation.

BOC Certification

Students who successfully complete the requirements of an accredited Clinical Laboratory Science program are eligible to sit for the national Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification examination through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. Additional information can be found at the NAACLS website. 

State Authorization for Distance Education

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

State Authorization website

Additional information about the ASCP BOC certification exam or State Licensures can be found at this website. 

A student admitted into the Clinical Laboratory Science program must meet basic and essential requirements that are necessary to be able to obtain employment in the field of clinical laboratory medicine.

Essential Functions for this program include:

  1. Mobility:

    • The student must have adequate gross mobility in order to maneuver in a timely and safe fashion throughout the department.
    • The student must be able to lift his or her arms above shoulder height in order to place or remove items of ten pound or less from shelves.
    • The student must be able to bend over at the waist or squat (waist and knees) in order to place and remove items of ten pounds or less from drawers and cabinets.
  2. Manual Dexterity:

    The student must have adequate fine motor skills to be able to manipulate small objects in a safe and precise manner. Examples would include (but are not limited to) being able to operate a computer keyboard; dial a telephone; handle cuvettes, sample cups, pipette tips, and reagent vials; pick up glass slides from table top, manipulate tools and instruments used in the clinical laboratory (including a microscope); collect specimens, and use a pen or pencil in order to communicate effectively in writing for coursework and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship to ensure patient/client safety.

  3. Auditory Acuity:

    The student must be able to hear well enough to respond to significant sounds in a clinical lab. Examples would include (but are not limited to) being able to hear signals generated from instrumentation that may indicate normal operating status, critical sample value, or equipment malfunction, and being able to hear and follow verbal instruction from a coworker or supervisor in order to ensure patient safety. (National Patient Safety Goals NPSG)

  4. Verbal Communication Skills:

    The student must be able to orally communicate professionally to persons on the telephone or other health care workers listening specifically to the student in person to ensure patient safety. (National Patient Safety Goals NPSG)

  5. Visual Acuity to read, write, discern colors, and use a microscope:

    The student must have adequate eyesight such that he/she can recognize and distinguish gradients of color (such as on a urine reagent strip and special stains), read numbers and words either on a video display screen, computer printout, or legible handwriting, and interpret lines and points on graphs and charts to ensure patient safety.

  6. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quality Skills:

    The student must possess the ability to develop and exhibit organizational problem solving skills. Specifically, the student must have the ability to measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate data in a short period of time; have the ability to learn to perform duties and assignments in a timely manner while under stress in a variety of settings; exhibit the maturity to accept feedback and demonstrate professional conduct in the classroom, laboratory, and at the preceptorship site.

  7. Social Behavior Skills:

    Demonstrate respect for individual, social, and cultural differences in fellow students, faculty, staff, patients, clients, and patients'/clients' families during clinical/fieldwork/ preceptorship/ and academic interactions. Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in academic and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship situations. Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, demonstrating honesty, integrity, and professionalism in all interactions and situations.

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5700 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 (773) 714-8880