CLS CLS Distance Education Programs


Our distance education programs offer qualified students an opportunity to complete a majority of their coursework at a distance. The goal of these programs is to provide critically needed laboratory personnel for health care facilities in rural Texas. Students receive the same faculty support, advisement and personal contact as if they were on campus at UTMB Galveston.

Instruction is provided via streaming video and narrated Powerpoint lectures, web-based instructional lessons, on-line interactive course laboratories using video and animation, interactive discussion and chat sessions, on-line testing and evaluation, comprehensive on-line review materials, the Internet, and occasional on-campus laboratories. An off-campus baccalaureate degree has been approved by the UT System, the Board of Regents, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Laboratory Education and Advancement Program (LEAP)

To qualify for the LEAP program, students must have completed an Associate's of Science degree from a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program. Students will also need to send a copy of their ASCP MLT certificate and their BOR scores. LEAP students may choose the 3.5-year standard or the accelerated 2-year LEAP degree plan. If you are MLT certified and have completed all your required prerequisites, you may begin in the fall or spring semester.

The University of Texas Health Northeast (UTHSC Tyler) Program

UTMB is collaborating with UTHSC Tyler to offer clinical laboratory science education and on-site experiences in the Tyler area.