CLS Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in CLS at UTMB


Established in 1968, the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program in the School of Health Professions is a 2+2 Program that gives you more opportunity compared to 3+1 programs at other universities. You will receive a better background in research, teaching, and management--all important aspects in professional development paths for you, the Clinical Laboratory Scientist. The CLS 2+2 Program also provides an opportunity for community college students to continue their professional program in a 2-year curriculum. This opportunity allows students, including graduates from medical laboratory technician (MLT) programs, to progress directly into the professional curriculum (entering in your junior year) upon completion of 60 credit hours of pre-requisites.

Your CLS education will include theoretical knowledge and practical experiences in: biotechnology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, endocrinology, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, mycology, parasitology, research, and toxicology.

Educational experiences also include classroom participation, student laboratories and clinical rotations. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for professional growth and the ability to adapt in a changing profession. The CLS Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

During your junior year, the curriculum focuses on basic laboratory sciences, interdisciplinary and research courses. The first semester of your senior year consists of advanced laboratory science and management classes. In the second semester of your senior year, you enter clinical rotations at affiliated community and UTMB hospitals. These rotations include theory and techniques of clinical laboratory medicine through supervised laboratory experiences in a patient-centered environment. You work under the supervision of pathologists, certified clinical laboratory scientists and other laboratory personnel, where you will gain practical job-related experiences.

Upon graduation, you earn a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. As a graduate of this Program, you are eligible for national certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (also known as Medical Technologist). Several certification examinations are administered by national agencies. Several states require a license to practice and may require graduates to take an additional examination. (Note: Texas does not currently require a license to practice.)

Part-time & alternate and distance degree plans are also available for students who may desire more than two professional years to complete their Program.

For information regarding UTMB's Specialist in Blood Bank (SBB) Technology Program, please visit their web site.

For more information about Clinical Laboratory Sciences Accreditation. Contact:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd.
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119