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Graduate Certificate in CLS:


When do I register for courses?

Students register prior to the beginning of each semester, during Open Registration Period. Registration dates are posted on the SHP website.

How do I register for courses?

Students register for courses each semester as a non-matriculated student. Non-matriculated student course registration information

What are the requirements for taking online courses?

Reliable access to Internet services that include Internet browsing capability and email are required.

How are the online courses designed?

Each course is accessible 24/7 during the semester (with the possible occasional exception of time needed to complete upgrades or maintenance). There are no class meetings when all course participants are expected to log on at the same time. You can, therefore, log on whenever it is convenient for you, giving you significant personal choice and control over when and where your learning takes place. It is recommended, however, that you log on to any online course at least three times a week. The most important ingredient in any online course is your participation. The program’s courses have been designed to provide a high level of interaction between you, your course faculty, and fellow students. An ongoing interaction between faculty and students is required. Regular assignments and feedback from the course faculty, and opportunities to participate in group discussions are built into the program. The online delivery system also provides an opportunity for you to interact on a one-to-one basis with faculty and student colleagues in many health-related disciplines from all over the country and, often, internationally.

 I have never taken an online course, what do I do?

The University uses course management technology to deliver online courses. All first time students are required to complete a 2-3 hour online orientation before the start of their first online course. The orientation is designed to introduce the first-time online learner to the online environment and provides practice in using some of the most commonly used features. Most students find that navigating through an online course is fairly easy after completing the orientation.

Do I have access to the University’s library?

As a matriculated or non-matriculated student, you will have online access to resources of the University Libraries. You will have remote access to the library electronic resources and databases, including over 2,000 electronic journal subscriptions and more than 90 database subscriptions. These resources are not available free to the general public, but are available to registered students. After registering for an online course, you will be provided with instructions for remote access to the restricted library resources.

 Can you describe a typical day or week in an online course?

The daily or weekly workload will vary with the number of courses taken. In general, the expectation is a minimum of 9-12 hours per week per 3-credit online course. For structured courses, this typically involves logging on at least three times a week to check for new announcements, participating with  classmates in  posted discussion topics, working on regular unit readings and assignments (usually offline), and completing essay-type examinations or major course capstone project activities.

When are the courses offered?

The majority of the online courses are offered on a two semester academic schedule in the fall and spring, with limited course offerings in the summer semester. Fall and spring semester is normally 15-weeks. Summer semester is 10-12 weeks.

Who teaches the online courses in the MS-CLS Program and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences?

The online courses are taught by experienced and dedicated faculty in the Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Faculty are experts in their field with many years of professional and educational experience, including the delivery of high quality, student-centered, online education. Most are doctoral-prepared and clinical laboratory science faculty hold generalist and often specialist certification in their disciplines. In addition, adjunct faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in CLS also serve as guest faculty.

How long does it take to complete the program? Is there a time limit?

A student has up to 3 years to complete the Graduate Certificate Program. Most students take one course a semester and complete in 2 years.

 Are these programs accredited?

The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. There is no professional accreditation for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science.






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