Master of Science
in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Advanced Practice Track
Application and Eligibility
To apply to the program, applicants must have completed:
1. An earned B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, microbiology or other science from an accredited university.
2. All of the pre-requisite courses for the undergraduate degree in medical technology.
In addition to their B.S. degree requirements, qualified students must have successfully completed with a “C” or better the specific courses required for medical technology:
Semester hours (SH)
General Biology 8 SH
Microbiology 4 SH
Anatomy & Physiology or Human Physiology 4 SH
General Chemistry 8 SH
Organic Chemistry 8 SH
College Algebra or higher math 3 SH
Applicants apply for acceptance to the B.S. Program in Medical Technology. The application deadline is December 1st. The program is for full time students and begins in August each year. Students must complete forty-four (44) semester hours of the undergraduate professional medical technology courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale before consideration for the Master of Science in CLS Program. Graduate applicants will be notified by the Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences in late April or early May advising them of their admission status. Master’s level course work begins in the second fall term.
Master’s level courses in the second year will be taken with the BS in MT students but will have higher level course learning objectives to improve the learner’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. To achieve these objectives, graduate students will have additional assignments in each course including clinical rotations. These assignments will include but are not limited to: additional reading assignments, essay test questions, journal critiques, case study presentations, research papers and independent learning assignments. The fall semester of the second year will be extended to allow time to complete these graduate assignments.
The grading scale for CLS graduate students is as follows:
Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Academic probation or dismissal from the program may result if the GRA falls below 3.0.
Master's Project and Graduation
During the second Winter/Spring semester, graduate students will begin work with a faculty mentor on a Master’s Level Project, which will be written in a format suitable for publication in a clinical journal. Projects will be presented to faculty and students upon completion.
Having met all the requirements for graduation, successful graduate students will complete the program at the end of the summer term in late August and will be eligible to take national certification examinations and apply for a Tennessee license to practice in the state. Graduation will be held in early December of the second year.
For more information, please contact:
Kathy Kenwright, MS, MT(ASCP)SI, MB
Chairman, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
930 Madison Avenue, Suite 664
Memphis, TN 38163
Department of Clinical Lab Sciences
930 Madison - Suite 664
Memphis, Tennessee 38163