CLS Partnerships and Ladders


The Partnerships and Ladders (PAL) Project develops partnership programs with historically Black and Hispanic undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and institutions in medically underserved areas of Texas to develop Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Respiratory Care (RC) educational tracks for minority students. PAL provides pre-professional mentoring resources, shadowing experiences, and articulation routes to students interested in the fields of CLS and RC. The project targets both traditional and non-traditional students who wish to enhance their skills by earning their B.S. degree. Graduates of this project provide a source of valuable allied health professionals to health care facilities in the medically underserved areas of Texas.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, you become a behind-the-scenes detective in the health care industry, accurately and precisely performing laboratory procedures to provide crucial information in diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases. Using the latest in biomedical instruments, Clinical Laboratory Scientists analyze samples of blood, tissue and body fluids to generate accurate, reliable test results. The field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is a dynamic, exciting profession that continually changes as new scientific and medical knowledge is discovered. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in CLS enjoy a wide range of career options.

CLS Job Market

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17% increase in the number of CLS positions needed nationwide by the year 2008. The Texas Workforce Commission estimates that the demand within Texas for health care workers, including CLS, will grow by 44% by the year 2005. The vacancy rates for CLs in the TX, OK, AR, and LA region have increased an average of 10% over the last few years. As you can see, the demand for clinical laboratory scientists is growing. You can help meet the challenge!

UTMB Impact Article

Students from Wiley College in Marshall got a peek behind the laboratory doors during a tour of UTMB's Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Feb. 8.

As part of a newly energized recruiting effort in the department, Leonce Thierry, clinical assistant professor for CLS, show-cased the laboratories...and offered the 25 students a chance to observe plasma cells under a high-powered microscope. Read the full story... (144 KB)

Respiratory Care

Respiratory Therapists work as part of the health care team in hospitals, cardiopulmonary diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation centers and home care agencies. They work with physicians and other health professionals in health care planning, evaluation, and treatment of patients with cardiac and pulmonary disorders.

As clinicians, they perform therapeutic and life support procedures including the administration of oxygen and aerosolized medications, breathing treatments, chest physical therapy and mechanical ventilator support. In addition, they perform diagnostic tests that assess cardiac and lung function and operate physiologic monitoring equipment and life support systems in the critical care setting.

RC Job Market

The AARC Human Resources Study (2000) indicates there are 5000 RC job vacancies nationwide. In addition, the latest projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a 42.6% increase in the number of RCP's needed by the year 2008. The AARC Classified Ad Project indicated that the total number of jobs advertised for the Dallas/Fort Worth area averaged 19 FTE's (full-time equivalent) per week during 1998, and Houston averaged 10 FTE's per week during the same time frame.

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