Clinical Laboratory Science - Health Sciences

Special Requirements for the Program - Admission

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is a competitive program with selective admission requirements. A limited number of students are admitted. Meeting minimal Requirements does not guarantee admission. Successful candidates have excelled in high school and/or college science and math courses.

Students applying to the program with a high school diploma must demonstrate a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Prerequisite courses include high school algebra I and II, chemistry, and biology with a minimum grade of “C.”

Students applying to the program with a GED must demonstrate an overall score of 2500, with a minimum score of 500 in math and a minimum score of 500 in science. GED students must take the required prerequisite courses prior to being considered for admission to the program.

Requirements Upon Admission

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titres results (blood test to prove immune status). A TB test is required each year. Students must carry personal health insurance, professional liability insurance, and have current CPR certification (by the American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for healthcare providers).

Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening, are required by clinical agencies.

Upon admission to the CLS Program, students will be required to submit to a C.O.R.I. (Criminal Offender Record Information) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent students from working in contracted health facilities, which will prevent students from completing the program objectives.

Additional Costs

Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as uniforms, name tags, safety supplies, transportation to and from clinical assignments, and certification exam application fees.

Grade Requirements

A minimum of “C-“ is required for BIO 154, BIO 239, CHM 115, CHM 116, and MTH 119 to provide the necessary foundation for MED courses. Students must pass all components of the MED courses (lecture and laboratory on campus and clinical practicum at the affiliate agency) with a minimum grade of “C-.” Students who do not achieve the minimum grade of “C-“ in the on campus lecture and laboratory components will not be allowed to progress to the clinical practicum.
Students who fail to attain a grade of “C-“ in each of the MED course components (lecture and laboratory on campus and clinical practicum at the affiliate agency) will receive a course grade no higher than a “D.”

A student who fails to attain a minimum grade of “C-“ in the clinical practicum will receive a course grade no higher than a “D.” Failure to achieve the required grade in MED courses may result in dismissal from the program.

Clinical Affiliations

Placement in a clinical practicum is a full-time commitment and students should limit outside work obligations.

Transportation to clinical practicum sites is the responsibility of the students. Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus. The availability of clinical practicums depends on the area healthcare providers’ ability to accept students.

At Bristol Community College, placement decisions will be based on grade point average with emphasis on the MED and science and mathematics courses. In some cases, practicums may be completed beyond the semester schedule. All related practicums must be completed within six months of completing the lecture/laboratory component of MED course. Students who exceed this time limit must demonstrate that they have maintained competency prior to placement.

Essential Functions

The Clinical Laboratory Science program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a professional Clinical Laboratory Technician.

In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities:

  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility, and motor coordination to safely collect and process patient specimens and perform laboratory testing procedures using a microscope, computer and various types of diagnostic instruments.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and interpret test procedures, physician orders and test results, monitor instrument function, focus a microscope and differentiate colors.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients, physicians, and staff and to respond to equipment signals.

Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, patients and physicians.

Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians; respect patient confidentiality; use reasonable judgment; and accept responsibility for their actions.

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