Second Degree & Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Clinical Laboratory Science
The Second Degree and Post Baccalaureate Certificate programs in clinical laboratory science are 12-month online programs for students who have completed a four-year science 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. Students who complete requirements for the certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification examination through the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. 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:
- 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 to write the English language legibly.
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 the telephone ring; hearing a fire alarm or other warning system; 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.
4. Verbal Communication Skills: The student must be able to speak the English language in a manner that is understandable (this being both clear distinct words and adequate volume) to persons on the telephone or other health care workers listening specifically to the student in person.
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 English words either on a video display screen, computer printout, or legible handwriting, and interpret lines and points on graphs and charts.
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; have the ability to learn to perform duties and assignments in a timely manner while under stress and in a variety of settings; exhibit the maturity to accept feedback and demonstrate professional conduct in the classroom, laboratory, and at the preceptorship site.
Additional information on the Second Degree & Certificate CLS Programs:
Online Program Statistics:
- Information regarding tuition, room and board, books and supplies refer to catalog
- 2012 ASCP Certification First-time Pass Rate 97%
- 2012 Employment Rate 100%