Program Goals, Objectives, and Expectations
Upon completion of the UNC-Chapel Hill Master’s in Clinical Laboratory Science –Medical Laboratory Science Track, MLS graduates will be prepared to:
- Serve as leaders in the clinical laboratory profession in technical, educational, research and administrative roles.
- Critically analyze professional literature and apply that information in work settings.
- Communicate effectively with health care providers and the public.
- Continue to learn throughout their professional careers.
At the completion of the MCLS-MLS program, students will be able to:
- Explain the principles and methods used in molecular laboratory tests.
- Explain the clinical significance of molecular laboratory procedures in diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
- Interpret and evaluate patient results and suggest or select appropriate additional testing.
- Use quality assurance principles and practices to ensure the accuracy and reliability of laboratory information.
- 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.
- Use educational methods to present information and develop instructional materials.
- Use research methods to design, conduct and disseminate results of studies on new technologies, procedures or diagnostic correlations in molecular science.
- Interpret, implement, and complying with laws, regulations and accrediting standards and guidelines of relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies.
- Apply principles of management to the acquisition and evaluation of laboratory information systems.
- Design, implement and evaluate resource management strategies to maintain optimal laboratory efficiency.
- Communicate effectively with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, patients and the public.
- Communicate effectively in both written and spoken English.
- Formulate a strategic plan for professional career development.
- Develop and complete a Capstone project in advanced clinical laboratory practice, education, or laboratory operations.
Attitudinal, Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Emotional Attributes
An MLS student must be of sufficient emotional health to fully use his or her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, to complete responsibilities promptly, and to relate to instructors and colleagues with courtesy and respect. The ability to participate collaboratively and flexibly as a professional team member is essential. The MLS student must display this emotional health in spite of stressful work and changing environments. The MLS student must be able to modify behavior in response to constructive criticism.
An individual with a diagnosed psychiatric disorder may function as an MLS student as long as the condition is under sufficient control to allow accomplishment of the program’s educational goals with or without reasonable accommodation. The student must exhibit behavioral, emotional, and intellectual functioning that does not differ from acceptable standards. In the event of deteriorating function, it is essential that an MLS student be willing to acknowledge the disability and accept professional help before the condition poses danger to self, instructors, or colleagues.
Additional Program Expectations
All students in the Master’s of Clinical Laboratory Science are expected to:
- Abide by all Student Conduct Policies of the University, including the Honor Code.
- Complete all course assignments on time.
- Work cooperatively with instructors, other students, and clinical laboratory personnel.
- Maintain grades of Pass (P) or High Pass (H) in all CLSC courses.
- Complete all required documentation in a timely fashion.
- Adhere to ethical standards in all matters related to medical information and patient care.
- Communicate periodically with the faculty advisor concerning Capstone project and course sequencing.
Failure to meet these expectations will result either in an offer of admission being rescinded, or in dismissal of an enrolled student. A more complete discussion of these expectations may be found in the Division of CLS Policies. If you have any questions or concerns about these expectations, please contact the Program Director.