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
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 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%
For TTUHSC School of Allied Health to offer online courses in a state other than Texas,
TTUHSC must first comply with that state's requirements. These requirements differ
from state to state, with requirements being more rigorous and expensive in some states
than others. TTUHSC is working to gain authorization to offer online courses in the
Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York,
North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia
If your state is listed above, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student
Affairs (email@example.com or 806-743-3220) to inquire about the current status
of your state.