Doctorate Program in Clinical Laboratory Science

Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science:

Program Description:
The DCLS is an advanced professional doctorate designed for practicing CLSs who wish to further their level of clinical expertise and to develop leadership and management skills. The purpose of the program is the development of clinical laboratory sciences graduates who function as practitioners, community leaders, educators, and scholars in the profession of clinical laboratory science and the discipline of clinical laboratory science. Graduates of the program will generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge to enhance the understanding of laboratory assessment of health and disease.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the University of Texas Medical Branch Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science is to prepare advanced practice clinical laboratory practitioners who will increase efficiency, facilitate patient management outcomes, and improve timely access to accurate and appropriate laboratory information by participating directly in patient care decisions, monitoring laboratory utilization, and conducting research on the diagnostic process.

Objectives:
A graduate of the UTMB DCLS program will be able to

• Provide patient-centered, customized consultation services on appropriate test selection and interpretation for the purpose of clinical decision making among the interprofessional health care team and for the patient.
• Monitor laboratory data, test utilization, and diagnostic testing processes in individual patients and populations using informatics and analytics to reduce diagnostic errors, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.
• Conduct research and apply evidence to demonstrate clinical utility of laboratory tests and algorithms and to improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of the overall diagnostic testing process.
• Educate health care providers, patients, their families, and the general public about the indications, best evidence, patient preparation, and interpretation of clinical laboratory testing, including home self-testing.
• Direct laboratory operations to comply with all state and federal laws and regulations, as well as guidelines determined by professional boards of licensure, and certification/accreditation agencies
• Participate in public and private health policy decision making at all organization and government levels using best evidence.

Requirements:
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with completion of a nationally accredited program of clinical laboratory sciences. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

• Completion of a nationally-accredited program for clinical laboratory sciences at the baccalaureate degree level
• Professional certification as a generalist Medical Laboratory Scientist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification, MT (ASCP) or MLS(ASCP)
• Minimum of three years of clinical laboratory experience, preferably as a generalist medical laboratory scientist.
• Completion of an application for admission, including official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions attended.
• Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher (on a 4 point scale).
• Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who have the knowledge to evaluate the applicant's academic and professional performance (two letters from professional supervisors/pathologists/laboratory manager and one letter from a college professor).
• Completion of the Graduate Record Exam
• Curriculum vitae/Resume and personal statement/essay addressing career goals and reasons for pursuing the DCLS degree.
• Personal interview (on campus or by video-audio conference).

Tuition and Fees:

Tuition for the DCLS click here

Application:

To be considered for acceptance into the UTMB DCLS Program, the applicant must:

  1. Submit all required application materials to:
     

    Enrollment Services
    The University of Texas Medical Branch
    301 University Boulevard
    Galveston, Texas 77555-1305

     
    Required application materials include:
     

    1. UTMB application (submit online). You must also include the following items:
      1. the required application fee
      2. your signed and dated supporting statement
    1. Transcripts from all previously attended universities and colleges.
      1. Foreign transcripts evaluation information (PDF format) .
      2. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request to have their transcripts sent ELECTRONICALLY to UTMB whenever possible. Electronic submission greatly expedites processing and improves the accuracy of transcript evaluation. The accepted standard for this process in Texas goes by the name SPEEDE.
    1. Three professional references(name and email address) MUST be listed in the application prior to submission, emails from Enrollment services will be sent to your references, ask each reference to add Enrollment.Services@utmb.edu to their contact list so they can receive email from Enrollment Services. Reference letters should be completed by an individual who can evaluate your work and professional ethics, study habits, and classroom/laboratory outcomes. These individuals may include a faculty member, teaching assistant, or work supervisor. If you have volunteer experience in the field of health care, the volunteer coordinator who supervised your experience may be able to complete the form.
       
  1. GPA Requirement
     

a. DCLS degree, an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in science courses on a 4.0 scale is required.

 

  1. Standardized Test Requirements
     

b.  DCLS degree applicants, complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (general aptitude section).

 

  1. Complete personal interviews with the faculty of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
     

DCLS Program Application Dates

  • Deadline for Fall 2017 is August 1, 2017


FAQ

FAQ

General Information

1. What is the DCLS curriculum?

  • View curriculum below

2. Are DCLS students eligible for scholarships?

  • Yes, visit scholarship page by clicking here

3. Is the DCLS offered part-time?

  • Yes.

4. How long will it take to complete the DCLS degree?

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time 4-6 years

5. Is the DCLS program entirely online?

  • All didactic courses are available online
  • You will be required to attend a minimum of four (4) consecutive weeks of DCLS clinicals which are face-to-face on-campus (currently only offered at the UTMB-Galveston location).
  • There a total of 4 DCLS clinicals spread out through the curriculum (about 1 per year).

6. How many DCLS clinicals are required for the DCLS degree?

  • There a total of 4 DCLS clinicals spread out through the curriculum (about 1 per year) see curriculum here.
  • You will be required to attend a minimum of four (4) consecutive weeks of DCLS clinicals which are face-to-face on-campus (currently only offered at the UTMB-Galveston location).

7. Will I have to travel to UTMB for classes?

  • You will be required to attend a minimum of four (4) consecutive weeks of DCLS clinicals which are face-to-face on-campus (currently only offered at the UTMB-Galveston location).
  • There a total of 4 DCLS clinicals spread out through the curriculum (about 1 per year) see curriculum here

8. Will DCLS clinicals be offered at other healthcare institutions?

  • Currently DCLS clinicals are only offered that UTMB-Galveston campus
  • We hope to offer DCLS clinicals at other healthcare institutions in the near future.

9. Can I take the DCLS clinicals at my place of employment?

  • Currently DCLS clinicals are only offered that UTMB-Galveston campus
  • We hope to offer DCLS clinicals at other healthcare institutions in the near future.

10. I have a Masters degree, will that make a difference? Will I receive any transfer credits?

  • A masters degree is not required for admissions to the UTMB-DCLS
  • If you have earned a Masters degree up to 18 credit hours may be applied to the UTMB-DCLS.
  • The admissions committee will review and determine transfer eligibility.
  • Only courses with a grade of "B" or higher will be considered for transfer.

11. I'm an F1 visa student, How does this affect my course of study?

  • You must attend courses on-campus.

12. Is orientation mandatory? Yes.

  • 1 day orientation on August 25, 2016 held at the UTMB-Galveston campus.
  • 8am-5pm
  • See orientation info here (link to orientation)

Admissions

13. When is the deadline to apply?

  • Deadline for Fall 2017 is August 1, 2017

14. What are the requirements to apply?

Applicants must have a bachelor of arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with completion of a nationally accredited program of clinical laboratory sciences.  Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a nationally-accredited program for clinical laboratory sciences at the baccalaureate degree level
  • Professional certification as a generalist Medical Laboratory Scientist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification, MT (ASCP) or MLS(ASCP)
  • Minimum of three years of clinical laboratory experience, preferably as a generalist medical laboratory scientist.
  • Completion of an application for admission, including official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions attended.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher (on a 4 point scale).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who have the knowledge to evaluate the applicant's academic and professional performance (two letters from professional supervisors/pathologists/laboratory manager and one letter from an academic source).
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam, however, because the GRE is one of many factors in the admission decision, there is no set any minimum score or cut-off for either the test as a whole or its components.
  • Curriculum vitae/Resume and personal statement/essay addressing career goals and reasons for pursuing the DCLS degree.
  • Personal interview (on campus or by video-audio conference).

 

15. May I submit a hard-copy application?

  • No, all applications must be submitted electronically through UTMB's office of enrollment services.

16. Am I required to take the GRE?

  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam is required, however, because the GRE is one of many factors in the admission decision, there is no set any minimum score or cut-off for either the test as a whole or its components.

17. What is the minimum GRE score requirement?

  • Since the GRE is one of many factors in the admission decision, there is no set minimum score or cut-off for either the test as a whole or its components.

18. Am I required to take the TOEFL exam?

19. Do I need work experience to apply?

  • Minimum of three years of clinical laboratory experience, preferably as a generalist medical laboratory scientist.

20. Do I need to be certified as an MLS?

  • Yes, professional certification as a generalist Medical Laboratory Scientist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification, MT (ASCP) or MLS(ASCP) is required for admission into the UTMB-DCLS program.

21. Do you require reference letters?

  • Yes three (3) reference letters are required.
  • These letters should come from individuals who have the knowledge to evaluate the applicant's academic and professional performance.
  • Two (2) letters should be from professional supervisors/pathologists/laboratory manager and one (1) letter from an academic source.

22. Is an interview required for admissions into the UTMB-DCLS program?

  • Yes, a personal interview is required (on campus or by video-audio conference).

 

Contact us at DCLS.admissions@utmb.edu

 


CLS Doctorate Track:

Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science

Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science

 

Degree Requirements
Category Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
TOTAL 75

 

Doctorate Course Schedule for CLS Applicants
Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH
Fall,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5319 Biostatistics 3
CLLS 5350 Hematopathology 3
CLLS 5351 Pharmacology/Pathophysiology 3
  Total Credits 9
Spring,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5325 Advanced Microbiology/Infectious Disease 3
CLLS 5314 Advanced Clinical Chemistry/Toxicology 3
MSHP 5302 Intro to Scientific Writing 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5312 Evidence Based Lab Medicine 3
CLLS 6330 DCLS Seminar 1 1
CLLS 6341 DCLS Clinical 1 3
  Total Credits 7
Fall,
Year 2
   
CLLS 6301 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
CLLS 6315 Clinical Immunology and Transfusion 3
CLLS 6371 DCLS Project I (Question development) 3
  Total Credits 9
Spring,
Year 2
   
CLLS 6320 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
CLLS 6307 Molecular Diagnostics 3
CLLS 5320 Laboratory Management 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer,
Year 2
   
CLLS 6302 Evidence Based Practice 3
CLLS 6331 DCLS Seminar 2 1
CLLS 6342 DCLS Clinical 2 3
  Total Credits 7
Fall,
Year 3
   
CLLS 6305 Quality Systems, Patient Safety and Medical Error Prevention 3
CLLS 6306 Diagnostic algorithms 3
63xx Selective 3
  Total Credits 9
Spring,
Year 3
   
CLLS 6372 DCLS Project II (Data Collection/Evaluation) 3
CLLS 6343 DCLS Clinical 3 3
63xx Selective 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer,
Year 3
   
CLLS 6373 DCLS Project III (Final Defense/Presentation) 3
CLLS 6332 DCLS Seminar 1
CLLS 6344 DCLS Clinical 4 3
  Total Credits 7
  Total Program Hours 75
Selectives    
CLLS 6348 Advanced Topics in Molecular Diagnosis 3
MSHP 5303 Health Care Policy for Clinicians 3
CLLS 5341 Global Health 5
Electives    
CLLS 5340 Evidence-based Specialty Preceptorship 3
CLLS 6309 Global Health Internship 3
PHS 6334 Field Epidemiology: Principles & Practices 3
PHS 6410 Intensive Course in Tropical and Travel Medicine Infectious Diseases 3

 

 

Total 75 crs.

 

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