Program Objectives

Students participating in the School of Clinical Laboratory Science program are expected to meet several cognitive, affective and psychomotor domain objectives.

Cognitive Domain Objectives

A student works on a project.Upon completion of the program, a clinical laboratory science student will be able to:

  • Relate the role of the clinical laboratory to total patient care.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of all basic laboratory testing, most specialized laboratory testing and some esoteric laboratory testing.
  • Formulate answerable questions, review current knowledge and make clinical decisions regarding the correlation of patient results, validity of those results and the need for additional testing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency by discussing, interpreting and utilizing quality control methods to maintain laboratory accuracy and precision.
  • Apply established quality assurance practices in respect to patient care.
  • Demonstrate entry-level competence regarding computer basics and laboratory information systems.
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on laboratory instrumentation and recognize when to refer repairs to the appropriately trained source.
  • Describe the rationale behind cost-effective surveys, comparison/correlation studies, normal patient studies to set normal ranges, studies to set control value ranges, proficiency testing and studies that set reportable ranges when starting a new procedure, instrument or methodology.
  • Utilize problem solving and other critical thinking skills during all laboratory functions and endeavors.
  • When necessary, apply the basic principles of laboratory education, management and supervision.
  • Demonstrate an entry-level understanding of healthcare regulatory agencies and how they regulate and affect the clinical laboratory.
  • Recognize potential troubleshooting opportunities through the evaluation of laboratory statistics.
  • Obtain certification as a laboratory professional (medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist) by passing a national certification examination.

Affective Domain Objectives

Upon completion of the program, a clinical laboratory science student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an attitude of compassion, understanding, cooperation, care, friendliness and encouragement to patients, customers and coworkers.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to organizational and professional policies regarding appearance, safety, confidentiality and ethics.
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to maturity by handling stressful situations calmly and hectic situations efficiently, defining and being aware of personal limitations, seeking help when needed and pursuing continuing education independently.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and belief in the value of good communication and team skills.
  • Interact with professional personnel, peers and the public in a constructive manner, displaying tact, respect, cooperation and good team skills.
  • Respond appropriately to directions from faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrate educational initiative.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and ambition.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly work area and maintain instrumentation properly so that instruments perform accurately and hold up to wear and tear well.
  • Accept personal responsibility for consequences of one's own actions.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility to change and learning (in contrast to rigidity and narrow-mindedness).
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the clinical laboratory science profession by displaying enthusiasm, interest and an eagerness to learn.
  • Display a firm commitment to accuracy and precision in professional endeavors by utilizing strict overall technique, competent quality control techniques, sound critical thinking skills and strong professional ethics.

Psychomotor Domain Objectives

Upon completion of the program, a clinical laboratory science student will be able to display sufficient coordination and manual dexterity to collect blood, perform daily laboratory tasks and report accurate/precise results. These functions include, but are not limited to, these essential functions:

  • Visual acuity: For the close inspection of and attention to minute details and small objects, the student must be able to detect and react to slight motions and detect color.
  • Hearing: The student must be able to communicate with others, hear instrument alarms and answer telephones, among other hearing-related skills.
  • English language skills: The student must be able to read, write and speak effectively in English to communicate ideas, facts and technical information concisely and clearly.
  • Motor coordination skills: Gross to fine motor skills are necessary for accomplishing grasps, inoculations, cutting and phlebotomy, among other tasks.
  • Physical requirements: Students will be sitting, standing, walking, pulling, pushing, crouching, lifting, sensing, feeling, kneeling, bending, reaching, stooping and performing other physical movements. The degree of physical exertion is light.
  • Intellectual and emotional stability: Students will be dealing with a frenzied pace, coping with stressful situations, placing others' needs before personal needs, utilizing repetitive procedures, and must commit time and effort to their duties.
  • Working conditions: There is frequent potential for exposure to unpleasant odors, blood, body fluids and possible infectious agents, toxins and/or chemicals.