Clinical Laboratory Science Curriculum

The program's curriculum not only provides the student with the fundamentals necessary for entry into the profession, but also provides the student with the knowledge and skills to function as a leader in an expansive and ever-changing profession.

The program is a one-year intensive course-of-study in all aspects of Clinical Laboratory Science. The curriculum is divided into two phases. Classes begin at the end of August and graduation is usually the second week of August.

Phase I

Phase I, lasting 17 weeks, prepares the student for clinical rotations by providing the necessary background information and basic skills for the clinical rotations (practicum). Phase I is didactic and includes lectures and student laboratory practice. Student-to-instructor ratio is 8:1 for lecture and student lab.

Total credit hours = 29.3 with 565 contact hours.

Areas studied include:

  • Body Fluids
  • Hematology/Hemostasis
  • Bacteriology
  • Molecular
  • Mycology/Virology/Parasitology
  • Immunology
  • Blood Bank
  • Clinical Chemistry

Phase II

Phase II, lasting 32 weeks, encompasses the clinical rotations and two advanced courses, Management & Education and Research & Clinical Correlations.

Total credit hours = 33.4 with 1172.5 contact hours

Clinical rotation courses include:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Urinalysis
  • Hematology/Hemostasis
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Blood Bank
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Molecular

Students rotate at the Baylor Scott & White Health laboratories and at the program's clinical affiliate, Central Texas Veteran's Healthcare System. The student-to-instructor ratio is 1:1 or 2:1 for clinical rotations. The clinical rotations and advanced courses prepare the student to be a competent, entry-level clinical laboratory scientist.

Students who successfully complete all course work are awarded a certificate of completion from Baylor Scott & White Health. After receiving this certificate, students are eligible for the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) Board of Certification examination. The program's success is demonstrated by a 98.6 percent pass rate since the program began in 1988.

Course credits for students from the program's five affiliated universities are transfered to the university for credit toward a bachelor of science degree in medical technology, medical laboratory science or clinical laboratory science. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon passing any external certifying exam.

Retraining Option

The program offers a retraining option for certified clinical laboratory scientists who have been out of the profession for more than 10 years and wish to reenter the workforce. Eligibility and availability is at the discretion of the program. These individuals may update their knowledge and skills in the profession by taking the lecture/student laboratory courses during the first part of the curriculum, the clinical rotation courses in the second part of the curriculum or both phases of the curriculum.

If you are a certified clinical laboratory scientist (medical technologist) and interested in updating your knowledge and skills in the profession, contact the Program Director, Mary Ruth Beckham Send an e-mail, for more information.


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