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The Clinical Sciences option prepares students with life long career skills in the biomedical sciences.

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Students take a core of laboratory science courses in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunology, and 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.

The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the biomedical laboratory. 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.
This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, e-mail: info@naacls.org, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website. The Medical Laboratory Science program recently received the maximum accreditation award of 10 years from NAACLS.

The teaching faculty is doctorally prepared in various science disciplines and nationally certified with teaching, clinical, and research experience. Many of the faculty are nationally recognized in their respective fields. Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge biomedical research projects. 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 program has recently upgraded its equipment and acquired state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation for all of the student laboratories and the research laboratories. Students receive further in-depth experience with laboratory instrumentation during their directed study and senior research courses. Students can elect to be involved in research projects at various clinical institutions affiliated with the department.

All students must complete a basic core of science courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Physiological Chemistry, and Basic Clinical Microbiology. These courses, along with the General Education courses in Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities, must be completed prior to the Junior year. The upper division (junior and senior) courses combine classroom and online teaching and learning. Specific courses include Hematology, Coagulation, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Bacteriology, Medical Mycology and Parasitology, Medical Virology/Serology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunohematology, and Molecular Diagnostics. After completing the core courses required in the upper division, students select laboratory specialization courses in various biomedical disciplines.

The program requires a total of 120 credits. Successful completion of the required course sequence results in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science degree. The granting of the degree is not dependent upon students passing any type of external licensure or certification examination. Students who choose to take these examinations do so on a voluntary basis after they have graduated from the program. The academic requirements of the Medical Laboratory Science option in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences major fulfill the University's general education course requirements and major course requirements for graduation as well as the curriculum requirements for the national certification examinations.

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Note: If you are interested in studying Math, Science or Engineering, it is strongly recommended that you take four years of Math and Science. 
Students are prepared for a variety of careers in the biomedical sciences. Nearly 100 percent of program graduates are successfully employed in all departments of various hospital laboratories, physician office laboratories, medical reference laboratories, the American Red Cross Blood Bank laboratories, public health laboratories as well as veterinary office laboratories.

Graduates also have obtained employment in various jobs as sales representatives, R&D scientists, clinical research associates, technical field representatives, regulatory affairs personnel, and quality control personnel in the biomedical device, biotechnology, health informatics and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates are also employed in research laboratories at various universities and medical schools in the Greater Boston area. All of these opportunities are available locally and regionally.

Finally, many graduates of this program have continued on to graduate school and received master's or Ph.D.s in various science disciplines such as biology, biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, physical therapy, and clinical laboratory sciences. Others have earned master's of Education, master's of Business Administration (MBA) or Health Administration (MHA). Graduates have also gone to Veterinary School, Chiropractic School, Osteopathic School, Medical School or Physician and Pathologist Assistant's programs.

Clinical Sciences

The Clinical Sciences program prepares entry-level biomedical scientists who are able to:
  • Select and provide analytical and evaluative laboratory services based on scientific theory.
  • Effectively assess the results of their efforts.
  • Possess leadership skills of accountability, delegation, education, and supervision. 

Medical Laboratory Science

The educational goals of the Medical Laboratory Science Program reflect the Missions of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the College of Health Sciences and the Medical Laboratory Science Program. The Medical Laboratory Science Program is committed to:
  • Providing a quality program in Medical Laboratory Science that meets all the academic standards of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  • Educating Medical Laboratory Scientists who will possess the skills and knowledge to function competently, professionally, and ethically in the field of Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Instilling in each student a commitment to lifelong learning that allows for future leadership within the profession, and the ability to adapt to the progressive needs of the clinical laboratory.
  • Preparing students to contribute to the interprofessional healthcare team by working collaboratively with other health care professionals to improve patient safety and provide patient-centered care.
  • Continuously assessing program effectiveness in order to maintain successful NAACLS accreditation and to meet changes in the practice of the profession.
ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES

At the completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, graduates will be able to:
  • Perform laboratory tests accurately and efficiently in all major areas of laboratory medicine.
  • Operate and perform preventative and corrective maintenance on the sophisticated biomedical instrumentation used in all major areas of clinical laboratory testing.
  • Explain the principles behind the methods used in clinical laboratory testing.
  • Verify laboratory results and correlate information with other laboratory tests and clinical diagnosis.
  • Establish and monitor quality assurance practices to ensure accurate laboratory results.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of new instruments, techniques or procedures for implementation into the  laboratory using method evaluation standards.
  • Comply with all safety guidelines required by governmental agencies and employers.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to strong ethical principles and professional behaviors.
  • Recognize the necessity for continuing professional development, and participate in continuing education activities throughout their careers.
  • Effectively communicate clinical information both orally and in writing to patients, peers, other healthcare professionals and the public.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of educational methodologies and terminology that can be used in instructing other users and providers of laboratory services.
  • Apply basic management and supervisory skills to the principles and practices of laboratory administration.
  • Demonstrate the research skills necessary to evaluate published papers in the field of laboratory medicine.
Students who have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology and Physiological Chemistry may continue their interest in the clinical sciences by obtaining a minor. The minor enables students to select two additional advanced clinical courses for study depending upon their interest. Students in other majors in the College of Health Sciences will find that the minor can provide them with advanced and cutting edge knowledge in select biomedical courses, an opportunity to engage in clinical case problem-solving, and/or work on a specific research project in the clinical sciences.

Career Opportunities

Students from other majors within the College of Health Sciences may use the Clinical Sciences Minor to deepen their understanding in areas that can lead to professional specialization and career advancement. The minor courses are also highly recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies.


Admission Requirements

Students interested in the Clinical Sciences Minor must apply to the Department for authorization and present 18 credits in the minor field with at least six credits obtained from select upper division courses.

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