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Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science: Curriculum

The DCLS program offers an innovative educational experience utilizing a blended pedagogy, distance education, and clinical practice. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary theoretical courses and the clinical residency enhances the student’s experiences to interact with other healthcare professionals.

  • 80 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree
  • Completion of a one year, full time clinical practice/residency component
  • Research project conducted during the residency year.

The DCLS curriculum focuses on four core areas: Advanced Clinical Laboratory Science, Professional, Research, and Clinical Practice/Residency. All pre-residency courses are offered ONLINE and during the residency year some courses are web-enhanced.

Academic Standing


  • Student must maintain a “B” average (GPA 3.0).

  • Students are expected to continually maintain matriculation while enrolled in the program.

Full-time and Part-time Status

A part time option is available for the ONLINE pre-residency portion of the program. The residency portion of the program is a one year, full time clinical residency at an affiliated institution and includes completion of a research project.

  • Full time:   enroll for a minimum of 9 credits (3 courses) per semester.

  • Part time:  enroll for 3-6 credits (1-2 courses) per semester

Students must complete the program within 10 years of enrollment.

For a full listing of courses and syllabi click here:   DCLS Course List

* Curriculum subject to change.


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