Clinical Laboratory Science Program

State
Texas
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Health

Overview

Established in 1976, the mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program is to provide a quality educational experience, which prepares clinical laboratory scientists for leadership roles in a multicultural health care system. Excellence in teaching is enhanced by faculty engaged in research, creative activities as well as professional service to the Profession, the University, and the Community.

Program Description

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program students are predominantly Hispanic, first-generation, and college students. Many are migrants, single parents or recent immigrants with a strong commitment to remain in the area. The program helps students succeed academically by providing orientation, peer mentoring, and faculty mentoring. The support system developed for students includes former students, current seniors, as well as laboratory managers. When students graduate, a White Coat Ceremony is hosted, symbolizing the code of ethics and responsibility students will assume as members of the health care team.·

Outcome

Since 2010, the program has had a first-time pass rate of 94% success rate on the national certification exams.

Since the inception of the program, there have been approximately 508 graduates and 418 identified as Hispanic.

The December 2015 cohort won 2nd place at the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science Student Bowl competition and had 8 out of 21 (38%) students graduate with honors.