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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

 

DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES
 
Interim Chair and Program Director: Vicki Barrett (251) 434-3461
Medical Advisor: J. Allan Tucker
Associate Professor Emeritus: Hall
Assistant Professors: Barrett, Carliss, Denny, Ravine
Adjunct Clinical Faculty: Cale, Cooke, Engels, Holland, McPherson, McRoyan, Miller, Stuardi, Urso, Walton, White
 
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, involving the performance of 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 and an 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 3+1 format, consisting of a 3-year pre-professional component and a one calendar-year professional component. The pre-professional component (freshman, sophomore, and junior years) consists of 84 semester hours of prescribed general and basic biomedical preparation. The professional component (senior year) comprises 4 semesters of advanced biomedical and clinical laboratory science course work. A limited number of students are admitted each Spring to the professional component which begins in the summer semester.

The Senior Year consists of four consecutive semesters beginning with the summer term following the junior year. The senior year calendar varies from the normal University calendar. Sixteen weeks (spring semester) of the senior year comprise the clinical practica at University hospitals or other affiliated teaching hospitals under supervision of clinical instructors. Students gain skills and confidence necessary for the entry-level professional. During the final summer semester, 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 pre-professional courses. Specific questions about Clinical Laboratory Sciences and professional course equivalents should be addressed to the Program Director.

All candidates for admission to the professional component must complete THREE (3) years of pre-professional course work prior to entry into the program. Students must submit a special application for admission to the Professional Component. USA students who are non-CLS majors and students transferring from another institution must have approved coursework to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a second degree are encouraged to apply for the Professional Component (senior year) if they have completed the following courses:

 
Course Semester Hours
General Chemistry 8 hours
Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry II 4 hours
General Biology 4 hours
Microbiology 3 hours
Anatomy 3 hours
Physiology 3 hours
Immunology 3 hours
Genetics 3 hours
 

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. Application deadline is December 15th. Interviews will be scheduled during January, and notification of admission to the professional component will be made by the end of March. Late applicants to the program (after December 15th) may be considered for admission if positions are available.

USA students who declare CLS as their major before the end of their sophomore year and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 for all prerequisite courses will be assured a position in the Professional Component. They will not be required to compete with other applicants for available positions. Other applicants will be 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 (The following pre-professional courses should be completed by the end of the Fall semester in which the application for admission is submitted: BLY 121, MA 112, BMD 401, ST 210, CLS 114, 115, 290, CH 131, 132, 201); 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 student must have a cumulative GPA for all college courses of 2.40 or higher and a GPA in BLY 121, MA 112, BMD 401, ST 210, CLS 114, 115, 290, CH 131, 132, 201 of 2.40 or higher.
2. ALL pre-professional requirements must be completed prior to the beginning of the first summer semester of the senior year. Students may not defer pre-professional prerequisites to the senior year.
3. The student must be in good academic standing to begin the Professional Component of the CLS Program. (See ACADEMIC STATUS, in the section titled UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES). Senior didactic courses (CLS 410, CLS 420, CLS 431 and CLS 432) must be completed at USA to receive a B.S. degree in CLS. )

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.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptional applicants who may not meet all requirements.
 

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 131 semester hours of pre-professional and professional course work is required for the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences as listed:

I. Pre-professional Component
Area I - Written Composition
(6)
EH 101*, EH 102**
3,3
*Students may exempt the EH 101 requirement with a minimum ACT English score of 27, SAT verbal score of 550, or  Advanced Placement Program score of 4.  
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts
(12)
CA 110
3
Fine Arts Elective**
3
Literature Elective**
3
Humanities Elective**
3
Area III - Natural Sciences, Math &
Computer Technology
(21)
BLY 121/BLY 121L**
4
CH 131/CH 131L, CH 132/CH 132L**
4,4
MA 112
3
ST 210
3

CIS 150*

3
*Students may exempt the CIS 150 requirement by passing the Computer Proficiency Examination
Area IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
(12)

History Sequence (HY 101 and HY 102 or
HY 135 and HY 136)**

3,3
Social and Behavioral Science Electives (2 courses)**
6
Area V - Other Required Pre-professional Courses
(28)
AHP 101
2
BMD 401
3
CH 201
5
CLS 114
4
CLS 115
4
CLS 290
3
CLS 310
3
CLS 360
4
**Students scoring 50 or above on the CLEP Subject Examination may exempt this requirement (Refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin or contact the College of Allied Health Professions Advising Office for details).
 
II. Professional Component
Senior Year
Summer     Fall  
CLS 320
4
  CLS 350*
3
CLS 325
2
  CLS 420
4
CLS 330
2
  CLS 431
4
CLS 341
4
  CLS 432
5
CLS 410
5
  CLS 436*
2
 
17
   
18

*These courses may be taken Fall semester of the Junior year by CLS majors that have completed prerequisites.

 
Spring     Summer  
CLS 435
2
  CLS 495
3
CLS 440
3
   
3
CLS 445
3
     
CLS 452
3
     
CLS 453
3
     
 
14
     
 
 
Special Fees
A special course fee is assessed in each of the following courses:
CLS 320 Hematology I
$   60.00
 
CLS 325 Clinical Laboratory Methods
30.00
 
CLS 330 Serology
60.00
 
CLS 341 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I
60.00
 
CLS 350 Clinical Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology
30.00
 
CLS 360 Diagnostic Microbiology I
120.00
 
CLS 394 Directed Study
30.00
 
CLS 410 Diagnostic Microbiology II
60.00
 
CLS 420 Hematology II
75.00
 
CLS 431 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II
120.00
 
CLS 432 Immunohematology
120.00
 
 

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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