The goals of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program are to prepare graduates who have the knowledge and skills needed to provide health care professionals with accurate and timely diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory data and participate as effective members of the health care team. Graduates are able to successfully complete the national certification examination and demonstrate professionalism through honesty and integrity in reporting results, respect for patient confidentiality, and a desire for life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.
Upon successful program completion, the clinical laboratory scientist will be able to demonstrate the following entry-level competencies:
- Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of laboratory testing, including technical, procedural, and problem-solving aspects. Recognize the importance of proper test selection, causes of discrepant test results, deviations of test results, and correlation of abnormal data with pathologic states.
- Skills: Perform proficiently the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/ immunology, coagulation, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics and participate in the evaluation of new techniques and procedures in the laboratory.
- Communication: Provide administrative and technical consulting services on laboratory testing.
- Solving and Analytical Decision Making: Evaluate and solve problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis and differentiate and resolve technical, instrument, and physiologic causes of problems or unexpected test results.
- Training Responsibilities: Incorporate principles of educational methodologies in the instruction of laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and consumers.
- Supervision and Management: Give direction and guidance to technical and support personnel. Apply knowledge of financial operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective, high-quality, value-added laboratory services.