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Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science: The Program

In 2012, the School of Health Related Professions, Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences was approved to offer a Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS), the first advanced practice doctorate in CLS offered in the USA. The DCLS program focuses on advanced clinical practice, which prepares medical laboratory scientists to assume expanded roles as integral members of the interprofessional healthcare team in a variety of practice settings. The DCLS offers an innovative educational experience utilizing a blended pedagogy, distance education technology, and clinical practice. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary courses which will provide students the opportunity to interact with other health care professionals. The clinical practice component further enhances this interaction.

The DCLS is designed for the certified medical laboratory scientist (MLS-ASCPCM) with an interest in advancing theoretical and clinical learning, practice, and research. The program prepares the certified MLS for advanced practice opportunities with academic and clinical professional growth through:

  • advanced expert-knowledge and skills
  • critical thinking proficiency
  • interdisciplinary collaboration through a focused clinical residency
  • increased skills in evidence-based practice, and research methodologies
  • conduct translational research in clinical laboratory science

The program is 80 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, and requires completion of a one year, full time clinical practicum(residency) and a research project. Full time and part time options are available for the theoretical portion (web-based courses) of the program.

Mission Statement - DCLS

The mission of the DCLS is to prepare graduates for advanced practice in clinical laboratory science, instill the importance of the interprofessional team approach to health care, and increase skills in evidence-based practice and research methodologies to conduct translational research in clinical laboratory science.  




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