CLS Categorical Certification

 

Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher and wish to enter or advance in the field of CLS may apply for admission to our categorical certification program.

Upon successful completion of the certification program, the student will be eligible to sit for national categorical credentialing examinations with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. For information on Gainful Employment, click here.

To be eligible to sit for the exam, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have completed 30 semester hours in the biological, chemical, and/or medical sciences, in addition to or part of their bachelor’s degree. Students must be able to attend student labs on campus in Galveston or other collaborative program sites. Students can attend didactic lectures either on campus or online.

UTMB Categorical Certificate Programs

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematogy
  • Microbiology
  • Hematology and Chemistry (combined track is not available for CLIMBS grant)

Academic credit is granted for courses taken in the CLS categorical certification program. To apply, complete an online application for the Categorical Certification Program and submit your official transcripts for proof of prerequisite completion. The cost of the Categorical Certification Program is based on course credit hours. You can access the link to a tuition and fees calculator under the link Tuition/Financial along the left side.

International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency.  Click here for the list of UTMB approved agencies. International students must also fulfill requirements for TOEFL and TSI. Click here for more information.

Application Deadlines

All application documents must be received by the following dates:

  • July 1 for Fall semester
  • December 1 for Spring semester
  • April 1 for Summer semester*

*Students applying for the Summer semester must have completed Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations for the Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology or Hematology/Chemistry categorical certification.

 

Application documents include official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and signed application. For more admission information click here.

You may also contact our Admissions Chair at clsadmin@utmb.edu or (409) 772 - 3055 for more information.

Categorical Program Prerequisites:

Categorical Course Program Prerequisites

Pre-requisite: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a major in biological science or chemistry or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 23 semester hours of biology, chemistry and/or medical sciences plus 3 semester hours of mathematics. A grade of 'C' or higher is required to satisfy any prerequisite.

Categorical Course Program Prerequisites

Biological Sciences 1, 2

8

General Microbiology1 (required for Microbiology track only)

(4)

General Chemistry 1

8

Anatomy & Physiology II (required for all tracks except Microbiology)

4

Mathematics 3

3

Science Elective4 (Blood Bank track only)

3

Total Prerequisite Credit Hours

26

  1. Biology and chemistry science courses must be for science majors and include laboratories.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology I may be used to satisfy 4 hours of Biology.
  3. The mathematics course must be college algebra or higher. A statistics course is strongly encouraged.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in genetics and immunology to satisfy their science elective prerequisites.

Categorical Tracks:

Chemistry Categorical Certificate Track

Chemistry Categorical Certificate Track
Fall, Year 1 Credit Hrs
CLLS 3200 Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations 2
CLLS 3414 Biochemistry (if not completed as pre-requisite) (4)
Total Hours   2(6)
 
Spring, Year 1
CLLS 3514 Clinical Chemistry I 5
CLLS 3231 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2
CLLS 4313 Clinical Laboratory Sciences Management Skills 3
Total Hours   10
 
Summer, Year 1
CLLS 4310 Clinical Chemistry II 3
CLLS 4301 Clinical Preceptorship I 3
Total Hours   6
 
Total Program Hours 22(18)

Hematology Categorical Certificate Track

Hematology Categorical Certificate Track
Fall, Year 1 Credit Hrs
CLLS 3200 Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations 2
CLLS 3417 Hematology and Coagulation I 4
Total Hours   6
 
Spring, Year 1
CLLS 4417 Coagulation and Hematology II 4
CLLS 3231 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2
CLLS 4313 Clinical Laboratory Sciences Management Skills 3
Total Hours   9
 
Summer, Year 1
CLLS 4301 Clinical Preceptorship I 3
Total Hours   3
 
Total Program Hours 18

Microbiology Categorical Certificate Track

Microbiology Categorical Certificate Track
Fall, Year 1 Credit Hrs
CLLS 3200 Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations 2
CLLS 3405 Intermediate Pathogenic Microbiology 4
Total Hours   6
 
Spring, Year 1
CLLS 4325 Advanced Microbiology / Mycology 3
CLLS 3229 Parasitology 2
CLLS 4313 Clinical Laboratory Sciences Management Skills 3
Total Hours   8
 
Summer, Year 1
CLLS 4301 Clinical Preceptorship I 3
Total Hours   3
 
Total Program Hours 17

Immunohematology Categorical Certificate Track

Immunohematology Categorical Certificate Track
Spring, Year 1 Credit Hrs
CLLS 3200 Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations 2
CLLS 4313 Clinical Laboratory Sciences Management Skills 3
Total Hours   5
 
Summer, Year 1 Credit Hrs
CLLS 3310 Serology/Blood Bank 3
Total Hours   3
 
Fall, Year 1
CLLS 4415 Immunology / Immunohematology 4
CLLS 4301 Clinical Preceptorship I 3
Total Hours   7
 
Total Program Hours 15

Hematology and Chemistry Categorical Certificate Track

Hematology and Chemistry Categorical Certificate Track
(The following certificate is unavailable to CLIMBS Recipients.)
Fall, Year 1 Credit Hrs
CLLS 3200 Basic Methods and Introduction to Lab Operations 2
CLLS 3414 Biochemistry (if not completed as pre-requisite) (4)
CLLS 3417 Hematology and Coagulation I 4
Total Hours   6 (10)
 
Spring, Year 1
CLLS 3514 Clinical Chemistry I 5
CLLS 4417 Coagulation and Hematology II 4
CLLS 3211 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2
CLLS 4313 Clinical Laboratory Sciences Management Skills 3
Total Hours   14
 
Summer, Year 1
CLLS 4301 Clinical Preceptorship I 3
CLLS 4310 Clinical Chemistry II 3
CLLS 4302 Clinical Preceptorship II (Chemistry) 3
Total Hours   9
*May be repeated for credit
Total Program Hours 33 (29)

To apply for the certificate option, review the Categorical Certification Online Application Procedures.

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