Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate

Patricia J. Campbell, Dean, pcampbell@pacific.edu

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate Program at the University of the Pacific is a post-baccalaureate certificate program, delivered in three trimesters through Benerd College. It will consist of an initial face-to-face curriculum to prepare students for their experiential learning phase, and incorporation of didactic modules (primarily online) throughout the internship training at approved clinical laboratory sites.

Admissions requirements:

Must have a current Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee License for the State of California to enroll in the program.  The following are State of California academic requirements to apply for a trainee license:
Bachelor’s degree with the following course requirements:
·    16 semester or equivalent quarter units of chemistry, which must include clinical chemistry OR analytical and biochemistry.
·    18 semester or equivalent quarter units of biology, which must include hematology, immunology, and medical microbiology.
·    3 semester or equivalent quarter units of physics (light and electricity)
      University Requirements:
§    GPA of 3.0 overall and Hematology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology taken with 5 years with a grade of B or better.
§     Three letters of recommendations
§    Be legally able to work in the United States

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certificate requires a minimum of 45 units.

Certificate Requirements

Trimester 1
CLSC 211Laboratory Skills and Management for CLD1
CLSC 221Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Procedures2
CLSC 287ACLS Clinical Rotation12
Trimester 2
CLSC 287BCLS Clinical Rotation15
Trimester 3
CLSC 231Clinical Experience Summation1
CLSC 287CCLS Clinical Rotation14

Clinical Lab Science Cert Courses

CLSC 211. Laboratory Skills and Management for CLD. 1 Unit.

Quality assessment, Safety, laboratory Management, Laboratory Math, Instrumentation, Molecular techniques, Education, Communication, Laboratory information, Laboratory Regulations. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Lab Science certificate program.

CLSC 221. Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Procedures. 2 Units.

Demonstration and practice of specialized techniques used in the clinical setting. Introduction to clinical laboratory techniques including Urinalysis and Hematology methods and the processing of body fluids will be discussed as well as practiced. Phlebotomy is introduced including theory of arterial, capillary and venipuncture with attention focused on pre-analytical phlebotomy errors. Review of state/federal laws, biohazards and quality assurance. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Lab Science certificate program.

CLSC 231. Clinical Experience Summation. 1 Unit.

Review for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) national exam for Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Review will focus on application of information learned throughout the program including skills and application of knowledge to patient care, quality assessment, laboratory regulations, and clinical laboratory procedures. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Lab Science certificate program.

CLSC 287A. CLS Clinical Rotation. 12 Units.

Clinical laboratory experiential learning, with didactic component, in one or more of the clinical rotations required for the Clinical Lab Science certification: Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Immunohematology/Transfusion Medicine, Immunology, Parasitology and Special Procedures. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Lab Science certificate program.

CLSC 287B. CLS Clinical Rotation. 15 Units.

Clinical laboratory experiential learning, with didactic component, in one or more of the clinical rotations required for the Clinical Lab Science certification: Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Immunohematology/Transfusion Medicine, Immunology, Parasitology and Special Procedures. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Lab Science certificate program.

CLSC 287C. CLS Clinical Rotation. 14 Units.

Clinical laboratory experiential learning, with didactic component, in one or more of the clinical rotations required for the Clinical Lab Science certification: Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Immunohematology/Transfusion Medicine, Immunology, Parasitology and Special Procedures. Prerequisites: Admission to Clinical Lab Science certificate program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Determine the clinical significance of laboratory tests 
  • Troubleshoot issues with questionable quality control or patient results 
  • Utilize complex theoretical concepts, which are the basis of laboratory testing, to interpret the significance of laboratory test results 
  • Validate procedures and new testing methodology 
  • Consistently critical review and analyze patient testing results to ensure quality results