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Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science: Objectives & Competencies

Learning Goals

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


Learning Outcomes

The DCLS program promotes the general outcomes established for clinical doctorate graduates of Rutgers-School of Health Professions, and implements the competencies developed by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Doctorate Task Force, and the Graduate Task Force of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

These learning outcomes meet the Institute of Medicine’s core competencies for health care professionals, namely, the ability to provide patient-centered care, work in interdisciplinary teams, employ evidence-based practice, apply quality improvement, and utilize informatics. (Institute of Medicine. Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality. Washington, DC, National Academies Press, 2003).

The graduate of the DCLS program will be able to:

Provide patient-centered, customized consultation services on appropriate test selection and interpretation for the purpose of clinical decision making among the interprofessional health care team and for the patient.

  1. Monitor laboratory data, test utilization, and diagnostic testing processes in individual patients and populations using informatics and analytics to reduce diagnostic errors, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.
  2. Conduct research and apply evidence to demonstrate clinical utility of laboratory tests and algorithms and to improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of the overall diagnostic testing process.
  3. Educate health care providers, patients, their families, and the general public about the indications, best evidence, patient preparation, and interpretation of clinical laboratory testing, including home self-testing. 
  4. Direct laboratory operations to comply with all state and federal laws and regulations, as well as guidelines determined by professional boards of licensure, and certification/accreditation agencies.
  5. Participate in public and private health policy decision making at all organization and government levels using best evidence.








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