Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences - Clinical Science
The curriculum of the Clinical Science option prepares students with life long career skills in the biomedical sciences. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers as biomedical and biotechnical research scientists, clinical trial coordinators, pharmaceutical and forensic scientists as well as positions in the growing biomedical device industry.
Students take a core of laboratory science courses in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Microbiology and laboratory specialization electives. Through Directed Study and Senior Research courses, students work with department faculty to gain skills in both library and clinical laboratory research.
Students will develop skills and knowledge required for success in advanced degree programs, including critical and independent thinking, research design, normal and pathophysiology, analytical method evaluation and scientific literature assessment.
In-depth experience with laboratory instrumentation is provided. Students can elect to be involved in research projects at various clinical institutions affiliated with the department. Many students have presented their research results at state, regional and national science meetings and have been co-authors of papers published in respected science journals. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the biomedical laboratory. Qualified students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree.
Requirements of the Major
- Apply analytical and critical thinking in trouble shooting laboratory instrumentation and procedures.
- Demonstrate leadership skills of accountability, delegation, education, and supervision.
- Clearly communicate scientific information both orally and in writing.
- Generate, analyze and present research results.
- Be admitted to and be successful in graduate/professional programs.
- Advance in their chosen fields.
- Work safely with potential chemical and biological hazards using the standards established in the workplace chemical hygiene plan, safety manual, and the blood-borne pathogen policy.