Clinical Lab Science

The educational program in clinical laboratory science through the IU School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is located on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus at the IU Health Pathology Laboratory Building.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis is to provide a high quality education in the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes in CLS in order to prepare graduates who have entry-level competency to practice in the clinical laboratory.

Goal Statements 

The goals of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program are to prepare graduates who:

  • Have the knowledge and skills needed to provide health care professionals with accurate and timely diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory data and participate as effective members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through honesty and integrity in reporting results, respect for patient confidentiality, and a desire for life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.
  • Successfully complete the national certification examination.

To accomplish these goals, the program faculty foster the development of critical thinking and life-long learning skills and evaluate overall program effectiveness through outcomes assessment.

Entry Level Competencies

Upon successful CLS program completion, the clinical laboratory scientist should be able to demonstrate the behaviors described in the entry-level competencies listed below.

  • Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of laboratory testing, including technical, procedural, and problem-solving aspects. Recognize the importance of proper test selection, causes of discrepant test results, deviations of test results, and correlation of abnormal data with pathologic states. 
  • Technical Skills: Perform proficiently the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology/hemostasis, clinical chemistry, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, serology/immunology, urine and body fluid analysis, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics and play a role in the development and evaluation of new test systems and interpretive algorithms.
  • Communication: Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, at a level sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the public, and members of the health care team. 
  • Clinical Studies: Apply the principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation, and dissemination of results.
  • Educational Methodologies and Training Responsibilities: Effectively apply educational methodologies and terminology at a level sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.
  • Supervision, Management, Administration: Apply safety and governmental regulations and standards in clinical laboratory science. Apply knowledge of principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to clinical laboratory science.
  • Professional and Ethical Conduct and Continuing Professional Development: Apply the principles and practices of professional and ethical conduct and recognize the significance of continuing professional development.

*Educational objectives to direct learning to the level required for entry-level competencies are provided for each course and lecture in the CLS curriculum. CLS programs objectives in the affective domain (Professional Attitudes and Behaviors) guide all student learning.

Description of Program

Clinical laboratory science is a diverse, science-based profession aimed at accurate performance of clinical laboratory procedures on biologic samples from patients. Physicians use the results from these procedures in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating diseases. Some of the tasks that clinical laboratory scientists perform are listed below:

  • Analysis of simple/complex chemical components of body fluids
  • Evaluation of cellular components of blood
  • Identification of microorganisms and their antibiotic susceptibilities
  • Preparation of blood components for patient therapy
  • Evaluation of new techniques, procedures, and instruments

These laboratory personnel continually evaluate the quality of the results from procedures and instruments and solve problems that relate to inconsistencies. Excellent communication skills are required to interact with other members of the health care team, to teach, and to manage individuals under their supervision. Clinical laboratory scientists typically work in laboratories located in hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, blood centers, medical research facilities, or medically oriented industries.

Graduates of the Program

Students who successfully complete the senior/professional year of the clinical laboratory science program are eligible to take national certification examinations. Nationally recognized certification is a requirement for employment in many settings.

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Licensure Requirements to Practice

There is no state licensure in Indiana; however, some states require licensure in addition to or instead of national certification.

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