Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Clinical Laboratory Science is an interesting, challenging and rewarding profession. Laboratory tests performed to aid physicians in their diagnosis and treatment of patients are done under the direction of clinical laboratory scientists. Working in a hospital, clinic, research laboratory, physician’s office or public health laboratory, they are responsible for a variety of chemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, serological and other laboratory procedures.

Medical laboratory professionals have unlimited choices of practice settings and a critical shortage of qualified personnel exists throughout the nation. More than a quarter million people work in medical laboratory services alone. As our population grows older and medical knowledge expands, there is an increasing need for highly skilled and educated professionals. Despite this growth, there is a national shortage of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (a higher percentage deficit than for any other health-care professional-including nursing). This shortage is likely to increase in the next decade as programs close while the need continues to expand.

At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, you will find well equipped classroom and laboratory facilities where you will spend most of the time learning the principles and theories of clinical laboratory science. These courses are taught by qualified faculty at the University who are knowledgeable in all areas of the clinical laboratory. The classes are small, and the faculty is dedicated to quality instruction and interaction with the students. In addition, you will spend the summer of your final year in various clinical laboratories throughout the city, including a children’s hospital, an independent laboratory and several large city hospitals. This provides a plethora of experience and provides a basis for choosing working circumstances upon completion of this program.

Admission Criteria

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours: 42 are from designated Core Curriculum Program courses, 17 are from clinical laboratory core courses, 8 are required Foundation courses and 51-53 are Clinical courses. After their sophomore year (60 semester hours), students must have (and maintain) a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above in their course work, with no course work older than 6 years. No “D” or “F” grades will be accepted as credit within the clinical laboratory core or clinical courses.

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