Goals and Competencies
Upon completion of the UNC-Chapel Hill CLS program, graduates will be prepared to
- Work as entry-level clinical laboratory scientists
- Continue to learn throughout their professional careers
- Use ethical standards to guide professional behavior and judgments
- Communicate effectively with other health care providers
- Serve as leaders in the clinical laboratory profession in technical, educational, research and administrative roles
The educational experiences in the UNC-CH CLS program are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to enter the profession and to continue to learn throughout their professional career. At the completion of the UNC-CH CLS program, students will be able to:
- Perform and evaluate pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical procedures to ensure the quality of laboratory results.
- Perform laboratory tests, analyze and verify results, and resolve common problems in all the major areas of the clinical laboratory.
- Explain the principles and methods used in laboratory tests in all major areas of the clinical laboratory.
- Explain the clinical significance of laboratory procedures in diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
- Correlate information from different laboratory departments to verify results or resolve problems.
- Evaluate patient results and suggest or select appropriate additional testing.
- Determine the priority of laboratory requests and arrange the workload for optimal patient care and efficiency.
- Obtain acceptable blood samples for laboratory tests using standard phlebotomy procedures.
- Use quality assurance principles and practices to ensure the accuracy and reliability of laboratory information.
- Perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments.
- Use the principles of method evaluation to select new techniques and instruments.
- Explain and apply the major principles and practices of laboratory administration, supervision and budgeting.
- Explain and apply principles of effective test utilization.
- Comply with all standard safety regulations and monitor changes in safety regulations.
- Use educational methods to present information and develop instructional materials.
- Use computer systems to produce documents, research information, communicate with others and enter and retrieve laboratory information.
- Apply principles of management to the acquisition and evaluation of laboratory information systems.
- Communicate effectively with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, patients and the public.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals and the public.
- Demonstrate ethical standards in all matters related to medical information and patient care.