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2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science


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Both On-Campus and Internet Options.

Career Information

Clinical laboratory scientists (Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists) perform laboratory tests used to diagnose and treat disease and maintain health. Clinical laboratory scientists work in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, urinalysis and molecular diagnostics.They ensure accurate and reliable test results. In hospital clinical laboratories, laboratory scientists analyze blood, body fluids and tissues to detect disease.They work with sophisticated computerized technology such as automated chemistry and hematology analyzers, GLC-Mass spectrophotometers and molecular testing such as PCR and DNA probes. Clinical Laboratory Scientists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, maintain quality assurance programs, educate laboratory professionals and manage laboratories. Clinical laboratory scientists are sought in clinical areas, research and industry.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career in Clinical Laboratory Science

Accuracy, dependability, adherance to deadlines, responsibility, manual dexterity, computer literacy and good interpersonal/communication skills are essential.

Career Opportunities

Clinical 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, forensic laboratories, bioterrorism response and industry.

Career interests include clinical specialties, quality improvement and process control, computer analysis, forensic science, research, education and management.

Graduates with this advanced education may progress to supervisory, specialist or management positions, depending on capability, experience. Opportunities are available for graduate education in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, education, management and specialist categories.

Doctoral programs in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science are now offered in the US.

Salary Information

Beginning salaries for graduates with baccalaureate degrees average $40,000 in clinical areas and $55,000 in industry, depending on location and job responsibilities. Experienced technologists who become laboratory managers in large hospitals may earn $90,000 or more.

About the Program

GRU grants a Master of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. The program requires 74 graduate semester credit hours for graduation. This is an entry-level degree and upon graduation, the student would be eligible to sit for the national certification examinations. The program is 5 semesters long and culminates in a research or capstone project. This program will also offer courses in evidence based practice, clinical services delivery, epidemiology, and education principles. This degree will prepare the student for practice in research, management, and education as well as practice as a clinical laboratory scientist.

For the internet students, laboratories are conducted at a satellite laboratory in Atlanta or at the clinical affiliates. The clinical internships are conducted at affiliated clinical sites. Internet students are encouraged to identify possible internship sites convenient to them. The Program of Clinical Laboratory Science will contact these sites to explore a clinical affiliation. The program requires computer capability and Internet connectivity.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: June 15, Fall entry
Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space-available basis only.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official transcripts: Baccalaureate degree approved by the department.
Official transcripts are required from all colleges ever attended. Transcripts should be mailed to GRU’s OAA directly from the Registrar’s office of the institution. Applicants may also deliver or mail official transcripts to GRU’s OAA if the transcript remains in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office at the institution. Alternatively, GRU will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar’s office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to admissions@gru.edu.

Transcript/credential evaluation of foreign transcripts: Official transcripts from foreign countries must be evaluated by a professional evaluation agency prior to application (see http://www.gru.edu/Admissions/instud.html). Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Three Letters of recommendation with Graduate Reference Form: Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to critically assess the applicant’s prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant’s potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees’ submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet.

GRE requirement: Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GRU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GRU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Test takers who took the GRE prior to August 1, 2011 were scored on the old scoring scale of 200-800.  The minimum score requirement of 1000 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will continue to be used for those who took the GRE prior to the scoring changes.
Test takers who took the GRE after to August 1, 2011 are scored on the new scoring scale of 130-170.  The minimum score of 300 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will be required for those who took the GRE after to the scoring changes.

Provisional acceptance may be awarded for highly qualified applicants with a GRE score less than the minimal requirements.

GPA requirement: A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum math/science grade point average of 2.75.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Baccalaureate degree approved by the department
  • At least 16 semester hours of biology courses, including biology with lab and anatomy and physiology.
  • At least 12 semester hours of chemistry courses, including general chemistry 1 and 2 with lab, and organic chemistry with lab
  • At least 3 semester hours of college algebra (or higher-level math)

TOEFL exam scores: Minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based

Personal Interview (includes writing sample)

This is an entry-level program and prior certification is not required. However, if you do have prior certification, the following applies:

1. An applicant already holding a Medical Laboratory Science certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, MLS(ASCP), will receive advanced credit for the following courses:

  CLS 6220 Introduction to CLS Practice 2 credit hours
  CLS 6645 Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory 2 credit hours
  CLS 6845 Clinical Hematology Laboratory 2 credit hours
  CLS 6445 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 2 credit hours
  CLS 6745 Clinical Immunohematology Lab 2 credit hours
  Total   10 credit hours

2. An applicant already holding a categorical/specialist ASCP cetification in blood bank, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology or molecular biology will receive up to 10 advanced credit hours for courses specific to their specialty area.

* Applications deferred to the next year are subject to all admission requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

Technical Standards/Essential Functions

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit http://www.gru.edu/alliedhealth/mlirs/clc/standards.html to view these requirements.

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and other assistance is available. GRU Participants in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. GRU helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.

When and How to Apply

Applicants for the Masters of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science must be graduates of a regionally accredited college or university and meet the following qualifications:

  1. baccalaureate degree approved by the department;
  2. official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GRU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GRU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. Test takers who took the GRE prior to August 1, 2011 were scored on the old scoring scale of 200-800.  The minimum score requirement of 1000 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will continue to be used for those who took the GRE prior to the scoring changes. Test takers who took the GRE after to August 1, 2011 are scored on the new scoring scale of 130-170.  The minimum score of 300 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will be required for those who took the GRE after to the scoring changes. Provisional acceptance may be awarded for highly qualified applicants with a GRE score less than the minimal requirements.;
  3. minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum math/science grade point average of 2.75;
  4. at least 16 semester hours of biology courses, including biology with lab and anatomy and physiology; at least 12 semester hours of chemistry courses, including general chemistry 1 and 2 with lab, and organic chemistry with lab; at least 3 semester hours of college algebra (or higher-level math);
  5. three letters of recommendation;
  6. for applicants whose first language is not English, minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 paper-based (213 computer-based);
  7. official transcripts from foreign countries must be evaluated by a professional evaluation agency prior to application. Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

For best chance of acceptance, application to this program should be made during the fall preceding the fall in which admission is sought to allow adequate time receipt of all required information. All application materials should be received in GRU’s Office of Academic Admissions by June 15th. Applications completed after this date are considered on a remaining space available basis. Complete applications include the application, references, official academic materials, documentation of professional certifications, if applicable. If accepted to the program, documentation of current CPR and First Aid certification is required upon enrollment.

How to Get an Application

To receive an application for this career field, visit www.gru.edu/admissions, or call or write:

Office of Academic Admissions
Georgia Regents University
Benet House
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, Georgia 30904
Telephone
: 706-737-1632
E-mail: Admissions@gru.edu

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