Admission to the Program as an Oregon Tech Freshmen
During the freshman year at Oregon Tech, students may apply for acceptance into the Early Admission to Clinical Laboratory Science Program track (EACLSP). Students who successfully complete this track will be automatically admitted to the professional portion of the CLS program, conducted in Portland. Students enrolled in the EACLSP track must meet the following criteria to be admitted into the professional portion of the CLS Program:
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per term;
- Successfully complete all required coursework with
grades of “C” or better;
- Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each term;
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25;
- Adhere to the Student Life Policies and Regulations and the Oregon Tech Academic Regulations - see the Oregon Tech General Catalog and Oregon Tech Student Handbook.
- Job shadow, in a hospital clinical laboratory setting, a
minimum of 20 hours.
Letter grades of “U”, “I” or “N” do not apply toward the above GPA requirements, nor do “repeated” classes or withdrawals. Review of each student’s cumulative GPA will be completed annually after spring term grades are posted. Students who fail to meet any of these criteria will be automatically dropped from the EACLSP track, but are encouraged to apply to the CLS Program through the regular admission process (see CLS application dates) during their third year.
Admission to the Program for Non-Oregon Tech Students and Students not in the EACLSP
The CLS Program culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Students may enter the CLS Program with or without a baccalaureate degree. Those students entering the program without a baccalaureate degree must have completed at least 103 transferable quarter term hours at an accredited college, community college and/ or university prior to matriculation, and be eligible for an OIT/OHSU baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program.
Although students may apply to the program while in the process of completing the admission requirements, those admitted must provide a final transcript prior to registration at Oregon Tech to certify the completion of all prerequisite courses. Those students entering the program without a degree must meet both program prerequisites (see below) and Oregon Tech general education requirements (see General
Education in the catalog for requirements).
Students entering with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university are not required to meet OIT’s General Education requirements.
CLS Program Prerequisites
Undergraduate coursework of at least 103 term hours must include the following:
- At least 24 term credit hours of chemistry lectures and laboratory experience. Courses can be chosen from general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, quantitative analysis and physical chemistry.
- At least 24 term credit hours of biological science lectures and laboratories. This must include at least one microbiology (bacteriology) class and one immunology class. Other recommended biology classes are genetics, physiology, anatomy and cell biology. Survey courses do not qualify as fulfillment of chemistry or biological science prerequisites.
- One college-level mathematics course is required. Minimum requirements are met by college algebra (MATH 111 or an equivalent college course).
Individuals who have met admission requirements seven or more years prior to application to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program must complete additional academic work to qualify. This may be accomplished by one of three routes:
- Completion of college-level courses in biochemistry and microbiology or immunology with a grade “C” or better.
- Receiving credit by examination in biochemistry and microbiology; the examination grade must be equivalent to a grade “C” or better. This examination must be administered by an instructor at an accredited college or university. The OIT-OHSU CLS Program does not administer these examinations.
- Achieving a CLEP score at or above the 50th percentile on both biology and chemistry examinations. (Information can be obtained by writing to the Education Testing Service, CLEP, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540.)
CLS Program Professional Phase Overview
The program extends over a period of 15 months (5 terms), 40 hours per week. Four consecutive terms on the Oregon Tech Wilsonville/OHSU campus followed by an extended (16-week) fifth term, which is the clinical laboratory externship (see next section). On the OHSU campus students attend didactic lectures and structured laboratory sessions (practicums) that include technical instruction and practical experience. These courses provide the students with theoretical background and basic laboratory skills.
Note: The professional phase courses will only be offered at the Oregon Tech campus in Wilsonville starting Fall 2012.
Clinical Laboratory Externship
Upon satisfactory completion of the lecture courses and student practicums, students advance to their 16-week clinical externships at one or more of the participating clinical affiliate laboratories. The clinical experience gives the student the opportunity to take basic theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills learned on campus and apply and develop them in a modern clinical laboratory. Clinical externships are predominantly located in hospital and reference laboratories throughout Oregon. Additional clinical laboratory training sites are located in Washington and Nevada. During the fifth term, no on campus courses are given and students are in clinical rotations full-time (40 hours/week) Monday through Friday.
The Clinical Laboratory Science faculty and staff determine clinical site assignment. Although students admitted into the Clinical Laboratory Science Program are guaranteed a clinical externship, due to limitations in available externship sites from year to year, student placement at a specific site, or at a specific time, may not be possible. Placement in a clinical externship is subject to the following:
- All academic on campus requirements must be met before the start of the externship.
- Externship placement occurs no later than the fourth term (summer term).
- Prior to the start of the externship students must comply with all externship facility requirements. This may include passing a drug test, and completing a request for criminal history.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 to be eligible for graduation. In addition, a final grade of “C” or better in all lecture and student laboratory courses, as well as receiving a grade of “Pass” in all rotations in the clinical externship is required for graduation.