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Program Information - Clinical Laboratory Science

The Clinical Laboratory Science/medical technology (CLS/MT) is a professional bachelors (4 year) program. The freshman and sophomore years, are taken at any accredited college or university, afford the fundamentals of a liberal education. Entry to the program is in the post-summer quarter at the junior-year level. After satisfactory completion of the program, the student is awarded a bachelor of science degree and is eligible for state licensure and to take the national board examination.

The junior year is a ten-month program of lecture and laboratory. Emphasis is on the basic clinical science courses necessary for CLS/MT.

The senior year is a ten-month clinical practicum that provides professional clinical experience in the hospital laboratory environment. Emphasis is on technical proficiency, organization and the laboratory's relationship to patient care. Senior students must coordinate their schedules with the operation of the Loma Linda University Medical Center clinical laboratory and with supplemental training laboratories in the community. Transportation to supplemental training laboratories is the responsibility of the student. Depending on the clinical assignment, commuting times may be up to two hours one way.

The senior schedule is a full-time week (40 clock hours), arranged with a Monday through Friday, day-shift schedule for lecture and laboratory requirements. On occasion, days or times outside of this typical schedule may be necessary to allow students exposure to unique procedures. A special calendar schedule is followed which is different from the University academic calendar.

CLS Program Accreditation

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N River Road Suite 720, Rosemont, Il 60018; Phone: (773) 714-8800; FAX: (773) 714-8886; Email: naaclsinfo@naacls.org; <www.naacls.org>.

It also satisfies the requirements in Medical Laboratory Science of the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification for Medical Laboratory Science, P.O. Box 12277, Chicago, IL 60612-0277. The program is approved by the State of California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Bldg, P 1st Floor, Richmond CA 94804, Phone: (510) 620-3800.

University Student Learning Outcomes

Students will meet the following institutional learning outcomes:

1.  Information Literacy:  Students demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, utilize and share information.

2.  Quantitative Reasoning:  Students demonstrate the ability to reason and develop evidence baed decisions using numerical information.

3.  Critical Thinking:  Students demonstrate critical thinking through examination of ideas and evidence before forumlating an opinion or conclusion.

4.  Oral Communication:  Students demonstrate effective oral communication skills in English.

5.  Written communication:  Students demonstrate effective written communication skills in English.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students will also meet the following program student learning outcomes:

1.    Demonstrate basic knowledge essential to the practice of Clinical Laboratory Science.
2.    Demonstrate technical ability essential to the practice of Clinical Laboratory Science.
3.    Practice professionalism through ethical behavior and attitudes.
4.    Demonstrate leadership and administrative skills in laboratory practice and the community, consistent with the mission of the School of Allied Health Professions.
5.    Adhere to rules and regulations promoting workplace and patient safety and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).
6.   Exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in laboratory medicine.

Pass Rates for Board of Certification Exam & California Licensure

Period

# of students taking the exam within the first year of graduation

# of students who
passed within the first year

Pass Rate

2013-2014

21

21

100%

2014-2015

18

18

100%

2015-2016

18

18

100%

3 Yr. Average

Pass Rate

   

100%

 

Graduation Rates

Period

# of students who began the final half of the program

# of students who
graduated

# of students who completed the program on time

Graduation Rate

2013-2014

21

21

21

100%

2014-2015

18

18

18

100%

2015-2016

18

18

18

100%

3 Yr. Average Graduation Rate

   

 

100%

 

Placement Rates

Period

# of graduates

   # of graduates employed in the field or continuing their education 

# of graduates for which information is unavailable

Placement

Rate

2013-2014

21

20

1

94%

2014-2015

18

17

1

94%

2015-2016*

18

11

7

61%

3 Yr. Average

Placement Rate

 

 

 

84%

*Data collection for this period is still in progress.