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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.

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 in diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
  3. Interpret and evaluate patient results and suggest or select appropriate additional testing.
  4. Use quality assurance principles and practices to ensure the accuracy and reliability of laboratory information.
  5. Use the principles of method evaluation to select new techniques and instruments.
  6. Explain and apply the major principles and practices of laboratory administration, supervision and budgeting.
  7. Explain and apply principles of effective test utilization.
  8. Use educational methods to present information and develop instructional materials.
  9. Use research methods to design, conduct and disseminate results of studies on new technologies, procedures or diagnostic correlations in molecular science.
  10. Interpret, implement, and complying with laws, regulations and accrediting standards and guidelines of relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies.
  11. Apply principles of management to the acquisition and evaluation of laboratory information systems.
  12. Design, implement and evaluate resource management strategies to maintain optimal laboratory efficiency.
  13. Communicate effectively with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, patients and the public.
  14. Communicate effectively in both written and spoken English.
  15. Formulate a strategic plan for professional career development.
  16. Develop and complete a Capstone project in advanced clinical laboratory practice, education, or laboratory operations.