Second Degree & Certificate Programs in Clinical Laboratory Science
About the Clinical Laboratory Science Second Degree and Certificate Programs
The Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center offers both a second bachelor’s degree and a clinical laboratory science certificate program in an online hybrid format combining distance education with on site laboratory sessions. Both the second degree and certificate options are accredited 12-month programs for students who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university and who now wish to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in clinical lab science or acquire additional training to work in the field of medical laboratory science.
Each program combines online lectures and instructional material with a six-day laboratory session conducted on-site at the end of each of the first two semesters. For either program, you will be required to complete a clinical preceptorship in an affiliated laboratory.
While the coursework for both programs is the same, the prerequisite requirements for the clinical laboratory science post-baccalaureate certificate and the second degree bachelor’s programs are different. Please review carefully the prerequisites for each program prior to applying. You may apply to more than one program and you will be considered for the program for which you meet the requirements.
The Second Degree and Certificate Curriculum
The curriculum of both the TTUHSC CLS Second Degree and Certificate Program consists of 35 hours of academic education combining online class instruction and on site laboratory experience. Classes include:
- Clinical Immunology
- Foundations of Clinical Microbiology
- Clinical Laboratory Practice
- Principles of Molecular Diagnostics
- Advanced Microbiology
The 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.
Clinical Laboratory Science Certification
When you successfully complete the requirements of either the second degree or certificate in clinical laboratory science you are eligible to sit for the national Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.
- For the past three years, TTUHSC students in the CLS traditional and Second Degree / Certificate Combined had a graduation rate of 93%.
- Our students consistently score above the national average on the MLS (ASCP) certification exam; for the past three years, our students' first-time pass rate was 91%.
- For the past three years, 96% of our graduates found employment in the field or a closely related field within one year of graduation.
"The online CLS program at TTUHSC changed my life! While investigating career options,
I found the CLS online program at TTUHSC. The program was challenging and there were
times, despite my determination and commitment, that I was sure I wasn’t going to
be up to the task; but the instructors were so great at their subjects and so invested
in my success, that they got me through every challenge and past every doubt. The
quality of education I received from this program ensured that I was confident and
impressive in my local job market. I received multiple job offers at graduation and
chose a great spot for me. I feel secure in my bright future with this exciting new
career, thanks to the great education I’ve received. I can’t thank everyone involved
with the program enough, for helping me find my way to a job I love."
Clinical Laboratory Science, Online