Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Degree Plans & Curriculum

See Also: SHP Bulletin and Student Handbook

MS in CLS for certified CLS Graduates

The MSCLS program is a 30-credit online master's degree for clinical laboratory professionals who hold a baccalaureate degree and are certified to practice clinical laboratory sciences. The program is designed for practicing professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the clinical laboratory sciences and develop new proficiencies needed to meet the challenges of a changing profession.

The program will develop an individual's ability in management skills, correlating current techniques with potential new techniques, validating new procedures, and conducting basic research within the clinical laboratory aimed at improving the delivery of clinical laboratory services. This degree track can also be taken on-campus/distance and completed either full or part time. Upon completion of this program, the individual would be awarded the Master's of Clinical Laboratory Science degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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    Total Credit Hours: 30

    SemesterCourseTitleCredits
    Fall ICLLS 5319Biostatistics3
    Total: 3
    Spring ICLLS 6307*Molecular Diagnostics3
    Spring IMSHP 5302Intro to Scientific Writing3
    Total: 6
    Summer ICLLS 5312Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine3
    Summer IMSHP 5301Medical Ethics3
    Total: 6
    Fall IICLLS 5329Clinical Laboratory Science Research3
    Total: 3
    Spring IICLLS 5327Laboratory Validation3
    Spring IICLLS 5330Clinical Investigative Studies (offered year round and may be taken for credit more than once)3
    Spring IICLLS 5320Laboratory Management3
    Total: 9
    Summer IICLLS 5333Master's Thesis (offered year round)3
    Total: 3

    *Students who have taken an undergraduate molecular diagnostics course are recommended to take CLLS 6348 Advanced Topics in Molecular Diagnostics

    Weekend Laboratory

    The molecular diagnostics course has a laboratory component. Students enrolled in this course will be required to attend wet laboratories at participating laboratories for approximately 4 days within one week during the semester to learn molecular procedures.

    Masters Thesis

    The student will complete a rigorous thesis that 1) constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions, 3) investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project, and 4) evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabus.

MS in CLS for Science Graduates

The MSCLS for Science graduates program is an 80-credit blended (online with on-campus laboratory experiences) masters degree for individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in biology, chemistry, or a related major and who are not certified medical technologists / clinical laboratory scientists but who desire a career in the clinical laboratory sciences. Upon completion, these individuals will be eligible to take a national examination for certification as a medical technologist/clinical laboratory scientist.

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    Core CLS Curriculum: 38
    Additional Required Courses: 30
    Other (Specify, e.g. internships, clinical work): 12

    Total Credit Hours: 80

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    SemesterCourseTitleCredits
    Fall ICLLS 5200Laboratory Techniques2
    Fall ICLLS 5319Biostatistics3
    Fall ICLLS 5405Intermediate Pathogenic Microbiology4
    Total: 9
    Spring ICLLS 5417Hematology and Coagulation I4
    Spring ICLLS 6325Advanced Path Microbiology/Mycology3
    Spring ICLLS 5506Clinical Chemistry I5
    Spring IMSHP 5302Intro to Scientific Writing3
    Total: 15
    Summer ICLLS 5310Serology and Blood Banking3
    Summer ICLLS 5331Urinalysis, Body Fluids & Parasitology3
    Summer ICLLS 5335Clinical Practice3
    Summer ICLLS 5312Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine3
    Summer ICLLS 6310Clinical Chemistry II3
    Total: 15
    Fall IICLLS 5336Clinical Practice II3
    Fall IICLLS 6417Coagulation / Hematology II4
    Fall IICLLS 5415Immunology and Immunohematology4
    Fall IICLLS 5329Clinical Laboratory Science Research3
    Total: 14
    Spring IICLLS 6307Molecular Diagnostics3
    Spring IICLLS 5337Clinical Practice III3
    Spring IICLLS 5327Laboratory Validation Studies3
    Spring IICLLS 5320Laboratory Management3
    Total: 12
    Summer IICLLS 5307Clinical Laboratory Science Seminar3
    Summer IICLLS 5338Clinical Practice IV3
    Summer IIMSHP 5301Medical Ethics3
    Summer IICLLS 5330Clinical Investigative Studies (offered year round)3
    Total: 12
    Fall IIICLLS 5333Masters' Thesis (offered year round)3
    Total: 3

    Clinical Laboratory Basis

    1. At least 35 credits of subjects specific to clinical laboratory science will be completed by applicants without a degree in clinical laboratory science prior to remainder of the curriculum. This is necessary both for the student to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the profession to practice in a clinical laboratory setting and to select a Masters Project.
    2. These courses are predominately laboratory courses. Competency in the various laboratory techniques is necessary to function within the clinical science laboratory. This requires that the student be a student on the Galveston or Tyler campus.

    Clinical Practice (Preceptorships)

    1. Supervised clinical practice will include: clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, & immunohematology.
    2. Supervised clinical practice (preceptorship) will involve 40 hours/week for 3 weeks per specialty area specified above for a total of 120 hours.

    Masters Thesis

    The student will complete a rigorous thesis that

    1. Constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting
    2. Applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions
    3. Investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project
    4. Evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabus

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