Clinical Laboratory Science Program Information


CLS Program

 

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program faculty have the responsibility to educate the future clinical laboratory science professionals. The faculty are responsible for the planning and selection of course content and for the coordination of all professional classroom teaching and applied education.

The student educational experiences include didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Affiliation agreements are arranged with accredited laboratories and the clinical faculty at the affiliated sites are the educational coordinators for the students. Currently there are 29 clinical affiliates in Georgia and throughout the nation.

The Clinical Laboratory Science educational philosophy is based on the creation of a stimulating scientific and professional learning environment. The courses are objective driven and cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains are incorporated into the courses. Faculty utilize text books, lecture notes, images, cases studies, study questions, professional experiences, problem-based learning experiences, laboratory experiences, and clinical experiences to ensure that the students graduating from the clinical laboratory science program are competent first-time practitioners. The faculty stay up to date on current theories and concepts through professional practice and by involvement in clinical laboratory science research. The faculty provide many hours of continuing education at local, state, regional, and national meetings. The clinical laboratory science professional courses meet and exceed the accreditation standards for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Scientists are employed in general hospital laboratories, physicians' offices, private laboratories, mission fields, armed forces, Peace Corps, Project HOPE, public health, medical research programs, pharmaceutical laboratories, blood banks and industry.

Beginning salaries for recent graduates with baccalaureate degrees in clinical laboratory sciences average $40,000 in the clinical areas and $55,000 in industry.