Our Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program is offered in collaboration with the University Health Care System (UHCS) in Augusta, Georgia, where the professional clinical component of the program is offered. The CLS program is a regional professional program for USC Aiken students who are interested in an allied health career in a medical/clinical laboratory setting. Clinical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information, direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Upon successful completion of the CLS program students will be awarded a certificate of completion from University Hospital Laboratory that will afford them the opportunity to become certified Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Additionally, undergraduate biology majors who successfully complete the CLS program have the opportunity to secure a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (BSCLS) from USC Aiken. To learn more about the University of South Carolina-Aiken and University Hospital Clinical Laboratory Science Program partnership, please visit University Health's program page.
The University Hospital Clinical Laboratory Science program is currently seeking CLS/MT accreditation from the following:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)5600 N, River Rd., Suite 720Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
The mission of the University Hospital Clinical Laboratory Science (UH-CLS) program is to provide students with exceptional education and training to prepare future clinical laboratory scientists with the knowledge, and skills necessary to become responsible, competent, entry-level clinical laboratory science professionals. Additionally, the UH-CLS serves to support the University Hospital Laboratory which is to support University Hospital’s mission by continually improving patient care by building professional relationships through excellence in laboratory testing and services which helps the physicians in our community to make their clinical decisions.
Career Entry-Level Competencies
The ultimate goal of the CLS Program at USC Aiken/UHCS is to prepare students for career entry positions as clinical laboratory scientists. Therefore, specific professional competencies dictated by NAACLS are the goals for each graduate. The program strives, through its educational methods, to incorporate all facets of quality laboratory practice into the professional development of students. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates in various testing and analysis skills with the following career entry-level competencies in mind:
- Collect and safely handle biological specimens for analysis.
- Perform laboratory testing with accuracy.
- Evaluate and interpret laboratory test data.
- Identify problems and take corrective actions.
- Utilize quality assurance to monitor procedures, equipment and technical competency.
- Operate equipment properly and perform preventive and corrective maintenance.
- Comply with established laboratory safety regulations.
- Utilize computers and laboratory software effectively.
- Evaluate the efficacy of new procedures and instrumentation for a given setting.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior and maintain confidentiality of patient results.
- Interact professionally with patients and other health care personnel.
- Apply principles of education methodology.
- Apply principles of management.
The goals of University Hospital Clinical Laboratory Science program are as follows:
- To provide students with a quality education in accordance with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) standards for a Clinical Laboratory Science program.
- To gain and maintain a NAACLS accredited CLS program.
- To provide students with a comprehensive education and clinical experience necessary to obtain national CLS certification.
- To effectively prepare graduates of the CLS program with a strong theoretical and practical foundation of clinical laboratory science, strong communication and interpersonal skills and laboratory competencies needed to secure an entry-level position as a clinical laboratory scientist.
- To effectively prepare competent, flexible clinical laboratory scientists who accept and fulfill the roles of health care professional in diverse clinical laboratory settings or other related vocations.
- To foster the development of positive attitudes, behavior and a philosophy of continual professional development and education.
- To promote professional respect, interaction, and communication among fellow health care professionals.
- To develop clinical laboratory scientists who perform the highest quality laboratory services in the most optimal time frame, while maintaining a safe working environment and remaining within compliance of regulatory and accrediting agencies.
- To develop clinical laboratory scientists who maintain superior professional standards and zeal.
The CLS program is designed to prepare students for work in a clinical laboratory setting, which includes clinical hematology, hemostasis, urinalysis, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, mycology, parasitology, phlebotomy, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics and blood bank (immunohematology). Additionally, the program provides graduates with a marketable degree along with a career opportunity to help people while enjoying the hands-on and investigative aspects of laboratory medicine. For further information about the BSCLS degree or CLS program, you can contact either of the USC Aiken faculty advisors or the UH-CLS program director respectively:
Dr. William Jackson
USC AIken Program Faculty Advisor
Dr. Suchreet Mander
USC AIken Program Faculty Advisor
Kenya Calhoun, MS, MT (ASCP)
UH Program Director & Faculty Advisor
For information about the advisement process, roles, and responsibilities for the CLS program, please view the Center for Student Achievement's information on academic advisement.
Complete degree requirements can viewed in the academic bulletins.