Masters Programs in Clinical Laboratory Science

Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science:

For Clinical Laboratory Science Certified Graduates who have a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences: **
The Master of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) in the School of Health Professions is designed to prepare the clinical laboratory scientist, for a career in research, teaching or management within clinical laboratory medicine. Graduates of this program will obtain research, teaching and managerial positions in academia, clinical laboratories and in industry.

For Individuals with B.S. in biology, chemistry, related majors but not certified medical laboratory scientist:
The Master of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) in the School of Health Professions is designed to prepare the basic science undergraduate, for a career in research, teaching or management within clinical laboratory medicine. Graduates of this program will obtain research, teaching and managerial positions in academia, clinical laboratories and in industry.

For SBB certified graduates of an accredited SBB program:
The Masters of Science degree in Transfusion Medicine is designed to prepare specialists in blood banking for a career in consultation, administration and supervision or research in the field of immunohematology and transfusion therapy.The UTMB SBB can be combined withe the Masters in Transfusion Medicine degree program (TRM-MS) through completion of an additional 3-4 semesters, culminating in a research project and thesis. After completion of the Certificate Program, the student must challenge and pass the SBB(ASCP) exam to continue on with the TRM-MS degree program.

PhD Graduate Program in Clinical Science:
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) in collaboration with the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health's Clinical Science Program offers graduate education to provide advanced education for clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists onsite at the UTMB campus. The aim of the collaboration is to educate individuals in areas of research which translate the principles of new basic science laboratory techniques into clinical laboratory practice, study patient outcomes based on treatment protocols utilizing laboratory testing and design diagnostic algorithms for the use in new medical techniques.

More information about the PHD program can be found at http://pmch/education/clinical-science-program.

 

These programs will develop an individual’s ability to:

  1. utilize the theoretical concepts that are the basis of clinical laboratory tests to interpret the significance of results;
  2. propose the clinical significance of clinical laboratory tests results;
  3. trouble shoot causes of laboratory results with questionable quality control results;
  4. recommend appropriate follow up laboratory testing;
  5. utilize an advanced knowledge base in management;
  6. determine correlation of current techniques with potential new techniques;
  7. validate procedures, conduct basic research within the clinical laboratory; and
  8. formulate a research question, conduct the study, and write/publish the findings.

**The program may be taken on one of the three campuses* or as a distance program.  This degree track can also be taken totally and completed either full or part time.  Upon completion of this program, the individual would be awarded the Masters of Clinical Laboratory Science degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

*Campuses available include UTMB-Galveston and UT Tyler.

Prerequisites for the Graduate Programs:
Applicants to the clinical laboratory science masters and PhD degree programs must have either a basic science or clinical laboratory science bachelors degree (depending on the track), including standard college courses in general chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, and biology (see list below). Previous laboratory experience is advantageous. Applications for admission must include a GPA of 3.0, scores from the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and three letters of recommendation.

In addition, students from non-English speaking countries must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. We require a minimum paper-based TOEFL 550, computer-based TOEFL score of 213. A grade of 'B' or higher is required to satisfy any prerequisite.

Science Courses Program Prerequisites  
Biological Sciences 1 8
General Microbiology 1 4
General Chemistry 1 8
Human Physiology 2,4 3
Mathematics 3 3
Biochemistry5 4
Science Electives 4
Total Prerequisite Credit Hours 34
  1. Biology and chemistry science courses must be for science majors and include laboratories.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology II or Human Physiology will be required to satisfy 3 hours of Physiology
  3. The mathematics course must be college algebra or higher.
  4. Human Physiology is only required for non-CLS program graduates.
  5. Applicants missing Biochemistry may take CLLS 5414 Biochemistry
  6. A grade of 'B' or higher is required to satisfy any prerequisite.

Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in genetics and statistics to satisfy their elective prerequisites.

Interested individuals may request an exploratory meeting with the CLS graduate coordinator, Dr. Jian Zhang, by emailing unofficial transcripts with your Name, Address and Phone number and the name of the program to the following email address CLS Masters Program.


CLS Masters Tracks:

Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science for certified CLS Graduates

Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science for certified CLS Graduates

The MSCLS program is a 37-credit online master's degree for clinical laboratory professionals who hold a baccalaureate degree and are certified to practice clinical laboratory sciences. The program is designed for practicing professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the clinical laboratory sciences and develop new proficiencies needed to meet the challenges of a changing profession. The program will develop an individual's ability in management skills, correlating current techniques with potential new techniques, validating new procedures, and conducting basic research within the clinical laboratory aimed at improving the delivery of clinical laboratory services. This degree track can also be taken on-campus/distance and completed either full or part time. Upon completion of this program, the individual would be awarded the Master's of Clinical Laboratory Science degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

 

Degree Requirements
Category Semester Credit Hours (SCH)
Required Courses 30
TOTAL 30

 

Masters Courses Schedule for CLS Applicants
Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH
Fall,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5319 Biostatistics 3
  Total Credits 3
Spring,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5320 Laboratory Management 3
CLLS 6307 Molecular Diagnostics 3
MSHP 5302 Intro to Scientific Writing 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5312 Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine 3
MSHP 5301 Medical Ethics 3
  Total Credits 6
Fall,
Year 2
   
MSHP 5303 Health Care Policy for Clinicians 3
CLLS 5329 Clinical Laboratory Science Research 3
  Total Credits 6
Spring,
Year 2
   
CLLS 5327 Laboratory Validation 3
CLLS 5330 Clinical Investigative Studies (offered year round and may be taken for credit more than once) 3
  Total Credits 6
Summer,
Year 2
   
CLLS 5333 Master's Thesis (offered year round) 3
  Total Credits 3
  Credits For Degree 30

Total 30crs.

Weekend Laboratory:
The molecular diagnostics course has a laboratory component. Students enrolled in this course will be required to attend wet laboratories at participating laboratories for approximately 4 days within one week during the semester to learn molecular procedures.

Masters Thesis:
The student will complete a rigorous thesis that 1) constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions, 3) investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project, and 4) evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabus.

Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science for Science Graduates

Masters of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science for Science Graduates

The MSCLS for Science graduates program is an 80/84-credit blended (online with on-campus laboratory experiences) masters degree for individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in biology, chemistry, or a related major and who are not certified medical technologists /clinical laboratory scientists but who desire a career in the clinical laboratory sciences. Upon completion, 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
Additional Required Courses 30
Other (Specify, e.g., internships, clinical work) 12
TOTAL 80

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 Thesis:

The student will complete a rigorous thesis that 1) constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions, 3) investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project, and 4) evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabus.

Curriculum
(CLS Core and Masters Core Courses)
Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH
Fall,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5200 Laboratory Techniques 2
CLLS 5405 Intermediate Pathogenic Microbiology 4
CLLS 5417 Hematology and Coagulation I 4
  Total Credits 10
Spring,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5506 Clinical Chemistry I 5
CLLS 6325 Advanced Path Microbiology/Mycology 3
CLLS 6417 Coagulation / Hematology II 4
MSHP 5302 Intro to Scientific Writing 3
  Total Credits 15
Summer,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5310 Serology and Blood Banking 3
CLLS 5331 Urinalysis, Body Fluids & Parasitology 3
CLLS 5335 Clinical Practice 3
CLLS 5312 Evidence-based Laboratory Medicine 3
  Total Credits 12
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 80

Clinical Laboratory Basis:

  1. 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 Thesis:

The student will complete a rigorous thesis that 1) constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions, 3) investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project, and 4) evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabus.

Masters of Science degree in Transfusion Medicine for Students with SBB certification

Masters of Science degree in Transfusion Medicine with SBB certification

The MS in Transfusion Medicine program is a 30-credit online master's degree for individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory science/medical technology or associated science and who have certification as specialist in blood bank technology from an accredited program. The Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine is designed to provide graduates with advanced knowledge in consultation services to other health care workers, the administration and supervision of transfusion services and in conducting and publish research in the field of immunohematology and transfusion therapy. This program would be offered as a full-time or part-time distance curriculum. Upon completion of this program, the individual would be awarded the Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Degree Requirements
TOTAL 30

Master's Courses for Transfusion Medicine Students:

Molecular Diagnostics1 3 crs.
Clinical Correlation 3 crs.
Biostatistics 3 crs.
Introduction to Research in Transfusion Medicine 1 cr.
Advanced Research in Transfusion Medicine 2 crs.
Clinical Investigative Studies 3 crs.
Master's Thesis2 3 crs.
Blood Bank Laboratory Operations3 2 crs.
Advanced Transfusion Medicine Principles3 3 crs.
Seminar3 1 cr.
Introduction to Scientific Writing 3 crs.
Health Care Policy 3 crs.
TOTAL 30 crs.

1This course has a laboratory component. Students enrolled in this course will be required to attend wet laboratories at participating campuses for approximately four (4) days within one (1) week during the semester to learn molecular procedures related to immunohematology.

2The student will complete a rigorous thesis that 1) constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions, 3) investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project, and 4) evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabu


3Credit awarded for these courses for students holding a SBB certification..

Weekend Laboratory:

The molecular diagnostics course has a laboratory component. Students enrolled in this course will be required to attend wet laboratories at participating laboratories for approximately 4 days within one week during the Spring semester to learn molecular procedures related to immunohematology.

Master's Thesis:

The student will complete a rigorous thesis that 1) constructs a focused investigation of a clinical laboratory science problem in real-world setting, 2) applies problem solving methodologies for development and execution of solutions, 3) investigates and applies theory through practical implementation of a project, and 4) evaluates and reports this research project in a clear, professional manner using the guidelines set forth in the course syllabus.

Example Curriculum
(Masters in Transfusion Medicine with previous SBB)
Prefix and Number Required Courses SCH
Credit Awarded for SBB Certification    
CLLS 5260 Blood Bank Laboratory Operations 2
CLLS 5360 Advanced Transfusion Medicine Principles 3
CLLS 5095 Seminar in Transfusion Medicine II 1
 
Coursework    
Summer,
Year 1
   
MSHP 5302 Introduction to Scientific Writing 3
MSHP 5319 Biostatistics 3
  Total Credits 6
Fall,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5265 Advanced Research in Transfusion Medicine 2
CLLS 5160 Introduction to Research in Transfusion Principles 1
MSHP 5303 Healthcare Policy 3
  Total Credits 6
Spring,
Year 1
   
CLLS 5330 Clinical Investigative Studies 3
CLLS 6307 Molecular Diagnostics 3
  Total Credits 6
Summer 2,
Year 2
   
CLLS 5311 Clinical Correlation 3
CLLS 5333 Master's Thesis 3
  Total Credits 6
  Credits For Degree 30  

* Credit given if student has previously completed Introduction to Research in Transfusion Medicine and/or Molecular Biology, including laboratory, with at least a grade of "B".

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