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DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES
 
Chair: Holly K. Hall (251-434-3461)
Medical Advisor: J. Allan Tucker
Associate Professor: Hall
Clinical Associate Professor: Mroz
Clinical Assistant Professor: Barrett, Ravine
Adjunct Clinical Faculty: Cale, Engels, Miller, Stuardi
 
Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/cls/
 
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences prepares graduates for careers in the clinical laboratory sciences, which involves performing laboratory tests used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health. Most graduates work in hospital laboratories in Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology and Microbiology performing analyses on blood, various body fluids, and tissues. Clinical laboratory scientists help diagnose conditions such as diabetes, anemias, infectious disease and blood transfusion compatibility. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad education in the humanities and social sciences, extensive preparation in basic math and sciences followed by strong, in-depth study of the various clinical laboratory sciences. 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 program is organized in a 2+2 format, consisting of a 2-year pre-professional component and a 2-year professional component. The pre-professional component (Freshman and Sophomore years) consists of 64 units of prescribed general preparation and elective studies. The professional component (Junior and Senior years) comprises 5 semesters of advanced biomedical and clinical laboratory science course work. 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 (12 months) beginning with the summer term following the Junior Year. The senior year calendar varies considerably from the normal University calendar. Twenty-eight weeks of the senior year comprise the clinical practica in the University teaching hospitals under supervision of clinical instructors. Students gain skills and confidence necessary for the entry-level professional. The students return to the University classroom for the final 5 weeks of the program for clinical correlation studies and certification examination review. During this time students evaluate case studies and practice advanced problem solving skills in preparation for national certification examinations.
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
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.
All candidates for admission to the professional component must complete 2 years of pre-professional course work prior to entry into the program. Students must submit 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, 1504 Springhill Avenue, Room 2309, Mobile AL 36604-3273 or by telephone, (251)434-3461, or on the Allied Health website. Application deadline is February 1. Interviews will be scheduled during March and notification of admission to the professional component will be made by May 1. Late applications to the program (after February 1) will 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, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, 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 should be completed by the end of the Fall semester in which the application for admission is submitted:
BLY 121, MA 112, BMD 210, ST 210, CH 131, 132, CLS 114.
2. The student must have a cumulative GPA for all college courses of 2.40 or higher and a GPA in BLY 121, MA 112, BMD 210, ST 210, CH 131, 132, CLS 114 of 2.40 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 be in good academic standing 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 may reapply for admission to the professional program for the following year.
 
CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS are fundamental tasks and skills that are required for successful completion of the program. They have been outlined and are available from the Department upon request.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES
Successful completion of 133 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
(6)
EH 101,102
3,3
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts
(12)
CA 110
3
ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, 242, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101
3
EH 215 or 225 or 235
3
*EH 216 or 226 or 236 or Humanities elective (recommend PHL 131 if HY sequence chosen)
3
Area III - Natural Sciences & Math
(11)
MA 112
3
CH 131, 132
4,4
Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
(12)
History elective (HY 101, 102, 135, 136)
3
*Social Science Electives (3 courses)
9
Area V - Preprofessional, Major & Electives
(23)
BLY 121
4
CH 201
5
BMD 210
3
ST 210
3
CLS 114
4
CLS 115
4
*Must complete a two-course sequence in Literature or History.
 
II. Professional Component  
Junior Year
Fall   Spring  
CIS 150 3 CLS 330 4
CLS 340 3 CLS 341 3
CLS 320 4 CLS 345 4
CLS 350 4 CLS 360 4
BMD 401 3
17 15
Senior Year      
Summer      
**CLS 410 5    
**CLS 420 3    
8    
Fall/Spring ***      
**CLS 431 3
**CLS 432 5
CLS 435 2
CLS 436 1
***CLS 440 2
***CLS 441 1
***CLS 445 3
***CLS 452 2
***CLS 454 3
***CLS 455 1
***CLS 490 1
CLS 495 4
CLS 496 1
29
**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 330 Serology/Immunohem
$30.00
 
CLS 350 Clin Parasit, Mycol, Virol
30.00
 
CLS 360 Clin Bacteriology
45.00
 
CLS 394 Directed Study
30.00
 
CLS 410 Clinical Microbiology
150.00
 
CLS 420 Hematology
75.00
 
CLS 431 Clinical Chem/Instrumentation
100.00
 
CLS 432 Immunohematology
90.00
 
CLS 436 Intro Research
30.00
 
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.
 
 


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