Clinical Laboratory Science is an interesting, challenging, and rewarding profession. Clinical laboratory scientists obtain and analyze clinical laboratory data and consult with physicians and others regarding those data. Working in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, physicians’ offices or public health laboratories, they are responsible for performing (or directing those who perform) a variety of chemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, serological, and other laboratory procedures. Furthermore, the clinical laboratory scientist is also responsible for quality assurance in the laboratory and the supervision of other laboratory personnel.
To earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Clinical Laboratory Science, all students must complete the General University Requirements for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the CLS Core Requirements.
Clinical Laboratory Science Option-Required Pre-requisite Courses
|Course #||Course Title||SCH|
|CHEM 4401||Biochemistry I||4|
Clinical Laboratory Science Curriculum
|Course #||Course Title||SCH|
|CLSC 3200||Essentials for Applied Laboratory Sciences||2|
|CLSC 3102||Essentials Laboratory for CLS||1|
|CLSC 4325||Clinical Chemistry I||3|
|CLSC 4326||Clinical Chemistry II||3|
|CLSC 4430||Clinical Immunology||4|
|CLSC 4370||Medical Bateriology||3|
|CLSC 4371||Clinical Microbiology||3|
|CLSC 4380||Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Profession||3|
|CLSC 4382||Advanced Medical Laboratory Procedures||3|
|CLSC 4200||Professional Skills for Clinical Laboratory Science||2|
|CLSC 4182||Seminar-Clinical Correlations||1|
|CLSC 4297||Professional Practium I||2|
|CLSC 4598||Professional Practium II||5|
|CLSC 4599||Professional Practium III||5|
Admission to these courses is limited to students who have a minimum GPA of 2.7, and who have a “C” or better in all prerequisite Biology, Chemistry, and Biomedical Sciences courses. Full-time students will be given preference for admission to these courses.
Clinical Laboratory Science Certification and Post-Baccalaureate CLS Courses
The clinical laboratory scientist holds a key position in life-and-death matters involving the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Therefore, the practice of clinical laboratory science requires professional certification that is regulated both from within the profession and, in some states, by law. To apply for certification as a clinical laboratory scientist, a student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi must complete the course work required for the baccalaureate degree.
A student who has a baccalaureate degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, or Microbiology, or who is completing the requirements for such a degree, may apply for post-baccalaureate certification in one of three areas: General Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS-Generalist), Clinical Chemist, or Medical Microbiologist. National certification examinations are given through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Certification (ASCP, BOC). Before applying to take a certification examination in any area of clinical laboratory science, a student must complete the Clinical Laboratory Science courses required for certification in that area, and have earned a “C” or better in all CLSC courses.Students who are seeking more information about requirements for the different areas of certification, or who are interested in applying for admission to courses or certification examinations should contact the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science directly.
For help designing a personal degree plan and scheduling courses, a student should contact his or her Faculty Mentor and Academic Advisor in addition to consulting the degree plan.
Jean Sparks, Ph.D.
Clinical Laboratory Science Director
CS-130G, Unit 5802
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5802
Telephone: (361) 825-2359
FAX: (361) 825-3719
Clinical Laboratory Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accredited by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. Up River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119