Clinical Laboratory Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Program Description

The Clinical Laboratory Science Certification and Post-Baccalaureate CLS Courses

The clinical laboratory scientist holds a key position in life-and-death matters involving the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Therefore, the practice of clinical laboratory science requires professional certification that is regulated both from within the profession and, in some states, by law. Clinical Laboratory Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. In addition to the coursework for the baccalaureate degree, professional certification as a clinical laboratory scientist requires the completion of post-baccalaureate courses. A student who has a baccalaureate degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, or Microbiology, or who is completing the requirements for such a degree, may obtain one of three post-baccalaureate certifications in clinical laboratory science: generalist, clinical chemist, or medical microbiologist. To apply for certification in any area, a student must complete those Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science Option courses required for certification in that area. Complete information may be obtained from the clinical laboratory science program director.

To apply for clinical laboratory science certification examinations, a student must earn a “C” or better in all CLSC courses. Application for certification programs should be made directly to the clinical laboratory sciences office. An interview and reference letters may be required. Contact a clinical laboratory science faculty mentor for additional information.

Program Requirements

Required Clinical Courses
CLSC 3102Essentials Laboratory for Clinical Laboratory Science1
CLSC 3200Essentials for Applied Laboratory Sciences2
CLSC 4120Hemostasis1
CLSC 4182Seminar – Clinical Correlations1
CLSC 4200Professional Skills for Clinical Laboratory Scientists2
CLSC 4280Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory Profession2
CLSC 4297Professional Practicum I2
CLSC 4325Clinical Chemistry I3
CLSC 4326Clinical Chemistry II3
CLSC 4370Clinical Microbiology I3
CLSC 4371Clinical Microbiology II3
CLSC 4382Advanced Medical Laboratory Procedures3
CLSC 4420Hematology4
CLSC 4430Clinical Immunology4
CLSC 4598Professional Practicum II5
CLSC 4599Professional Practicum III5
Total Hours44

Courses

CLSC 3102  Essentials Laboratory for Clinical Laboratory Science  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lab Hour)  

APPLICATION OF ESSENTIAL PRACTICES FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
CLSC 3200  Essentials for Applied Laboratory Sciences  
2 Semester Credit Hours (1 Lecture Hour)  

INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES, LABORATORY SAFETY AND REGULATIONS, QUALITY ASSURANCE, PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, SPECIMEN ACQUISITION, SAMPLE MAINTENANCE AND MICROSCOPY. INCLUDES AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HEALTH CARE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SYSTEM.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1412.

CLSC 4120  Hemostasis  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

STUDIES OF BLOOD COAGULATION WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE INTERACTION OF BLOOD VESSELS, PLATELETS, AND CERTAIN PLASMA PROTEINS.  DISORDERS OF HEMOSTASIS WILL BE DISCUSSED ALONG WITH DIAGNOSTIC TESTING.

CLSC 4182  Seminar – Clinical Correlations  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

INFORMAL LECTURES COVERING THE NEWEST DEVELOPMENTS IN LABORATORY MEDICINE. INCLUDES DISCUSSION OF THE PATIENT'S CLINICAL LABORATORY RESULTS, SELECTION AND INTERPRETATION OF LABORATORY TESTS, AND PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH.

CLSC 4200  Professional Skills for Clinical Laboratory Scientists  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

STUDY OF THE ROLE OF THE MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONAL IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. INCLUDES PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY, MEDICAL LABORATORY MANAGEMENT, INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS, EVALUATION OF CLINICAL LABORATORY METHODS, MEDICAL LABORATORY INSTRUMENT SELECTION, CLINICAL RESEARCH AND CURRENT PROFESSIONAL TOPICS. REQUIRES PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR AND APPLICATION.

CLSC 4280  Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory Profession  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

STUDIES OF THE LATEST INSTRUMENTATION, INSTRUMENT SELECTION, BASIC RESEARCH, QUALITY ASSURANCE AND STATISTICS USED IN THE CLINICAL LABORATORY.

Prerequisite: (CLSC 3200, CHEM 4401 and MATH 1442).

CLSC 4297  Professional Practicum I  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

SUPERVISED LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN SELECTED DEPARTMENTS OF THE CLINICAL LABORATORIES.

CLSC 4325  Clinical Chemistry I  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF PROCEDURES FOUND IN GENERAL CLINICAL CHEMISTRY. INCLUDES THE METHODOLOGY OF DIAGNOSTIC TESTS AND NORMAL AND ABNORMAL HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AS APPLIED TO DIAGNOSIS OF PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS.

Prerequisite: CHEM 4401.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
CLSC 4326  Clinical Chemistry II  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

CONTINUATION OF  CLSC 4325 - CLINICAL CHEMISTRY I. EMPHASIS ON ADVANCED CLINICAL CHEMISTRY TOPICS AND PROCEDURES.

Prerequisite: CLSC 4325.

CLSC 4370  Clinical Microbiology I  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

LECTURE AND LABORATORY STUDIES OF COMMON PATHOGENIC BACTERIA. EMPHASIS IS ON STAINING, CULTURAL, AND DIFFERENTIAL BIOCHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS, METHODS OF ISOLATION FROM BODY FLUIDS AND SUSCEPTIBILITY TO THERAPEUTIC AGENTS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2421.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
CLSC 4371  Clinical Microbiology II  
3 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

LECTURE AND LABORATORY STUDIES OF PARASITIC, VIRAL, MYCOLOGICAL AND UNUSUAL BACTERIAL HUMAN PATHOGENS. EMPHASIS ON METHODS OF ISOLATION FROM BODY FLUIDS, IDENTIFICATION METHODS AND CORRELATION WITH PATHOLOGY.

Prerequisite: CLSC 4370.

CLSC 4382  Advanced Medical Laboratory Procedures  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

LECTURE AND LABORATORY STUDIES OF THE NEWEST DEVELOPMENT IN LABORATORY DIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE. INCLUDES ADVANCED CLINICAL CHEMISTRY, IMMUNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES.

Prerequisite: CLSC 4325 and BIMS 4406 or BIOL 4406 and CHEM 4401.

CLSC 4420  Hematology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

STUDIES OF THE FORMATION, FUNCTION AND IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CELLULAR ELEMENTS OF HUMAN BLOOD AND OTHER BODY FLUIDS IN HEALTH AND DISEASED STATES AND LABORATORY STUDIES ON BLOOD COAGULATION. LECTURE AND LABORATORY EMPHASIZE THE ENUMERATION, MORPHOLOGY AND STAINING CHARACTERISTICS OF NORMAL AND ABNORMAL CELLS AND HEMOSTASIS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2416 and CHEM 4401.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
CLSC 4430  Clinical Immunology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF THE IMMUNE RESPONSE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASE AND CLINICAL IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY. LECTURE AND LABORATORY STRESS THE DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ANTIBODIES, BLOOD GROUPING AND TYPING, COMPATIBILITY TESTING, BLOOD COMPONENT THERAPY, HLA TESTING AND DIAGNOSIS OF PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS.

Prerequisite: BIMS 4406 or BIOL 4406.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
CLSC 4598  Professional Practicum II  
5 Semester Credit Hours (5 Lecture Hours)  

CONTINUATION OF  CLSC 4297 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I. SUPERVISED LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN SELECTED DEPARTMENTS OF THE CLINICAL LABORATORIES.

Prerequisite: CLSC 4297.

CLSC 4599  Professional Practicum III  
5 Semester Credit Hours (5 Lecture Hours)  

CONTINUATION OF  CLSC 4598 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM II. SUPERVISED LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN SELECTED DEPARTMENTS OF THE CLINICAL LABORATORIES.

Prerequisite: CLSC 4598.