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MCLS Program Goals

Upon completion of the UNC-Chapel Hill Master’s in Clinical Laboratory Science –Medical Laboratory Science Track, MLS graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Serve as leaders in the clinical laboratory profession in technical, educational, research and administrative roles.
  2. Critically analyze professional literature and apply that information in work settings.
  3. Communicate effectively with health care providers and the public.
  4. Continue to learn throughout their professional careers.

MCLS Educational Objectives

At the completion of the MCLS-MLS program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles and methods used in molecular laboratory tests.
  2. Explain the clinical significance of molecular laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.
  3. Use the principles of method evaluation to select new techniques and instruments.
  4. Apply bio-statistical concepts to data to draw conclusions and evaluate significance of research results.
  5. Use research methods to design, conduct and disseminate results of studies on new technologies, procedures or diagnostic correlations.
  6. Assess the quality assurance practices used to ensure the accuracy and reliability of laboratory information.
  7. Explain and apply the major principles and practices of laboratory administration, supervision and budgeting.
  8. Explain and apply principles of effective test utilization.
  9. Interpret, implement, and comply with laws, regulations and accrediting standards and guidelines of relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies.
  10. Apply principles of management to the acquisition and evaluation of laboratory information systems.
  11. Design, implement and evaluate resource management strategies to maintain optimal laboratory efficiency.
  12. Develop a strategic plan to support the professional career development of clinical laboratory personnel.
  13. Use educational methods to present information and develop instructional materials.
  14. Communicate effectively with diverse audiences using a variety of formats (e.g. presentations, written communications).
  15. Develop and complete a Capstone project in advanced clinical laboratory practice, education, or laboratory operations.