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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2002-2003


Chair: Holly K. Hall (251-434-3461)
Medical Advisor: William A. Gardner, Jr.
Associate Professors: Hall
Clinical Assistant Professor: Barrett, Ravine
Adjunct Clinical Faculty: Bru, Cale, Engels, Jenkins, McRoyan, Miller, Stuardi, White
Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences web site
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences prepares graduates for careers in the clinical laboratory sciences. Most graduates work in hospital laboratories, performing analyses on blood, various body fluids, and tissues to detect and identify diseases and monitor therapies. The curriculum requires extensive preparation in science and quantitative skills. Completion of the program results in a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and eligibility to challenge any of several national certification and state licensure examinations. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, (773)714-8880.
The program is organized in a 2+2 format, consisting of two years (pre-professional component) of general preparation in math, science and liberal arts courses, followed by five semesters (professional component) of advanced biomedical and clinical laboratory sciences courses. Enrollment in or successful completion of the pre-professional component as a clinical laboratory sciences major does not automatically assure acceptance in the professional component. A limited number of students are admitted each Spring to the professional component which begins in the Fall Semester.
The senior year consists of three consecutive semesters beginning with the summer term following the junior year. The senior year calendar varies considerably from the normal University calendar. The last 28 weeks of the senior year comprise the clinical practice curriculum. Students are assigned to University teaching hospitals for clinical practice. Courses meet each day for the number of weeks indicated in the course description.
Students are urged to obtain academic advice early and often while taking lower division preprofessional courses. Specific questions about Clinical Laboratory Sciences and professional course equivalents should be directed to the Chair of the Department.
Students must complete a special application for admission to the Professional Component. Application forms can be requested by writing the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile AL 36604-3273 or by telephone, (251)434-3461. Application deadline is December 1. Interviews will be scheduled during January and notification of admission to the junior year will be made by February 28. Late applications to the program (after December 1) may be considered if positions are available.
Students are selected by various criteria that predict probability of success as a laboratory professional. Selection criteria include: 1) Science/Mathematics grade-point average to include course work in General Biology, General Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics; 2) overall grade-point average; and 3) interview with faculty to assess candidates’ aptitude for the program and the profession.
In order to be considered for admission to the Professional Component of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, students must meet the following criteria:
1. The following preprofessional courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester in which the application for admission is submitted:
BLY 121, MA 112, BMD 114, 210, ST 210, CH 131, 132.
2. The student must have a cumulative GPA for all college courses of 2.4 or higher and a GPA in BLY 121, MA 112, BMD 114, 210, ST 210, CH 131, 132 of 2.4 or higher.
3. ALL preprofessional requirements must be completed prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester of the junior year. Students may not defer preprofessional prerequisites to the junior year.
4. The student must have a grade-point balance of 0 or greater, in order to begin the Professional Phase of the Program. (See ACADEMIC STATUS, in the section titled ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES).
Failure to meet these criteria will disqualify an applicant from the Professional Component of the program for that year. Such an individual must reapply for admission to the Professional Program for the following year.
Successful completion of 138 semester hours of preprofessional and professional course work are required for the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences as listed:
I. Pre-Professional Component
Area I - Written Composition
EH 101,102
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts
CA 110
ARH 100, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101
EH 215 or 225 or 235
*EH 216 or 226 or 236 or Humanities elective (recommend PHL 131 if HY sequence chosen)
Area III - Natural Sciences & Math
MA 112
CH 131, 132
Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
History elective (HY 101, 102, 135, or 136)
*Social Science Electives (3 courses)
Area V - Pre-Professional, Major & Electives
BLY 121
CH 201
BMD 210
ST 210
CIS 150
BMD 114
*Must complete two course sequence in Literature or History.
II. Professional Component  
Junior Year
Fall   Spring  
BMD 115 4 CLS 330 4
CLS 340 3 BMD 410 4
CLS 315 1 CLS 350 3
CLS 360 5 BLY 311 4
  13   15
Senior Year      
Summer   Fall  
CLS 410 7 CLS 420 7
CLS 431 7 CLS 432 7
  14   14
Spring ***      
CLS 440 3    
CLS 441 1    
CLS 445 4    
CLS 452 3    
CLS 454 4    
CLS 455 1    
CLS 490 1    
CLS 435 2    
** Course sequence may vary each year.
*** Course sequence is different for each student; arranged by the Department.
Special Fees
A special course fee is assessed in each of the following courses:
CLS 315 Research Method $
CLS 330 Clinical Lab Analysis  
CLS 350 Clin Parasit & Mycology  
CLS 360 Clin Immunology & Bact.  
CLS 394 Directed Study  
CLS 410 Clinical Microbiology  
CLS 420 Hematology  
CLS 431 Clinical Chem. & Inst.  
CLS 432 Immunohematology  

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