CLS CLS 3+2 Education Programs

 

The 3 + 2 degree plan allows students to complete their B.S. degree from their participating 4 year university while gaining credits towards a master's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UTMB.

Program Summary

The 3+2 degree program is for students who are attending a four year college that has a 3+2 articulation agreement with the UTMB-CLS Program.  The student enrolled in the 3+2 Program will be required to complete a minimum three (3) years (90 semester credits) at the originating institution.  The student will then attend UTMB for approximately two (2) years and complete 85 semester credits. Upon successful completion of the first year, the student will be awarded a bachelor's degree from the originating institution.  Upon successful completion of the UTMB-CLS curriculum, the student will be awarded a master's degree from UTMB. The student's college must be a partner with the UTMB Galveston Clinical Laboratory Science program. Contact your college advisor to find out about your college's eligibility. If your college is not a partner speak to your Department Chair or your academic advisor about partnering with UTMB for this degree option.

Program Outline

A. The student enters a curriculum leading to a B.S. degree designed by the 4 year college that shall include the prerequisite course requirements as outlined below by the UTMB-CLS Program. The student successfully completes the biology, chemistry and general education courses outlined in the Combined CLS Plan in the articulation agreement.
B. Upon successful completion of the first 3 years at the originating institution and acceptance into the UTMB-CLS CLSB program, the student enters the combined 2+3 B.S. /M.S. degree program at the bachelor's level. Upon successful completion of the first year at UTMB, the UTMB-CLS courses are transferred back to the originating institution and the student is awarded a B.S. or B.A. from that institution.
C. The student continues their study at UTMB at the master's level. Following successful completion of the combined five-year curriculum at originating institution and UTMB, the student will be granted a MS degree in CLS.

University Partners

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University of Houston at Clear Lake

St. Edwards University

 

Masters of Science Degree Plan

Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and Bachelor of Science Degree (from originating College)

Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and Bachelor of Science Degree Granted from Originating College

The CLSB-MS for Science graduates program is an 85-credit blended (online with on-campus laboratory experiences) Master's degree for individuals having 90 semester hours towards a Bachelor of Science or Arts in biology or related science. Upon completion of the Master's Degree, these individuals will be eligible to take a national examination for certification as a medical technologist/clinical laboratory scientist.

Degree Requirements
Category Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
Core CLS Curriculum 38/42
Additional Required Courses 31
Free Electives(not required for degree) (3)
Other (Specify, e.g., internships, clinical work) 12
TOTAL 81/85

Clinical Laboratory Basis:

  1. At least 35 crs. of subjects specific to clinical laboratory science will be completed by applicants without a degree in clinical laboratory science prior to remainder of the curriculum. This is necessary both for the student to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the profession to practice in a clinical laboratory setting and to select a Masters Project.
  2. These courses are predominately laboratory courses. Competency in the various laboratory techniques is necessary to function within the clinical science laboratory. This requires that the student be a student on the Galveston, Permian Basin, or Tyler campus.

Clinical Practice:

  1. Supervised clinical practice will include: clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, & immunohematology.
  2. Supervised clinical practice (preceptorship) will involve 40 hours/week for 3 weeks per specialty area specified above for a total of 120 hours.

Masters Project:

The student will submit a project topic for approval by the faculty and if required the UTMB IRB Board. Upon approval, the student will conduct the project and write a paper describing the project, findings and conclusions.

Curriculum
(CLS Core and Masters Core Courses)
Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH
Fall,
Year 1
   
CLLS 3200 Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations 2
CLLS 3405 Intermediate Pathogenic Microbiology 4
CLLS 3414 Biochemistry* 4
CLLS 3417 Hematology and Coagulation I 4
  Total Credits 14
Spring,
Year 1
   
CLLS 3514 Clinical Chemistry I 5
CLLS 4325 Advanced Path Microbiology/Mycology 3
CLLS 4417 Coagulation / Hematology II 4
MSHP 5302 Intro to Scientific Writing 3
  Total Credits 15

B.A. or B.S. Degree awarded from student's originating college. Transfer to the CLS Master's Degree Program

Summer,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5310 Serology and Blood Banking 3
CLLS 5331 Urinalysis, Body Fluids & Parasitology 3
CLLS 5335 Clinical Practice 3
CLLS 5311 Clinical Correlation 3
CLLS 5150 Graduate Seminar in CLS 1
  Total Credits 13
Fall,
Year 2
   
CLLS 5336 Clinical Practice II 3
CLLS 6310 Clinical Chemistry II 3
CLLS 5415 Immunology and Immunohematology 4
CLLS 5319 Biostatistics 3
CLLS 5329 Clinical Laboratory Science Research 3
  Total Credits 16
Spring,
Year 2
   
CLLS 6307 Molecular Diagnostics* 3
CLLS 5337 Clinical Practice III 3
CLLS 5327 Laboratory Validation Studies 3
CLLS 5320 Laboratory Management 3
  Total Credits 12
Summer,
Year 2
   
CLLS 5307 Clinical Laboratory Science Seminar 3
CLLS 5338 Clinical Practice IV 3
MSHP 5301 Medical Ethics 3
CLLS 5330 Clinical Investigative Studies (offered year round) 3
  Total Credits 12
Fall,
Year 3
   
CLLS 5333 Masters' Thesis (offered year round) 3
  Total Credits 3
  Credits For Degree 85

* If student has previously completed Biochemistry for science majors and/or Molecular Biology with a "B" or better, he/she may receive credit for the course(s).

 

Clinical Laboratory Basis:

  1. Courses specific to clinical laboratory science will be completed by applicants without a degree in clinical laboratory science prior enrolling in the CLLS 5326 Research in CLS course with the exception of CLLS 5307 Seminar and CLLS 5328. This is necessary both for the student to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the profession to practice in a clinical laboratory setting and to select a Masters Project.
  2. These courses are predominately laboratory courses. Competency in the various laboratory techniques is necessary to function within the clinical science laboratory. This requires that the student be a student on the Galveston, Permian Basin, or Tyler campus.

Clinical Practice (Preceptorships):

  1. Supervised clinical practice will include: clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, & immunohematology.
  2. Supervised clinical practice (preceptorship) will involve 40 hours/week for 3 weeks per specialty area specified above for a total of 120 hours.

Masters Project and Thesis:

The student will submit a project topic for approval by the faculty and if required the UTMB IRB Board. Upon approval, the student will conduct the project and write a paper describing the project, findings and conclusions.

 

 

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