Clinical Laboratory Science Concentration:
Applicants and matriculated students must demonstrate the ability to perform (or
learn to perform) essential skills according to the technical standards listed below.
These standards have been developed in accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational
Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Standards
and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Technologist/Clinical
Laboratory Scientist as adopted by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical
Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Programs and Essential Requirements for Clinical Laboratory
Due to the nature of the tasks required of a working medical technologist/clinical
laboratory scientist, certain physical characteristics are required. Each student
must have reasonable visual acuity sufficient physical dexterity and fine motor
skills and finger/hand dexterity in both hands that enable the student, in a timely
and efficient manner, to do the following:
- Learning skills - Follow verbal and written instructions.
Observe demonstrations and participate in laboratory procedures as required by the
curriculum. Complete reading assignments and search/evaluate assigned literature
in a timely fashion, complete any written assignments and records, and use a computer
as needed for assignments and patient care. Solve problems and think critically.
Apply knowledge, skills, and values to new situations. Independently prepare papers
and laboratory reports, and take paper, computer-assisted, and laboratory practical
- Communication skills - C ommunicate effectively in written
and spoken English; comprehend and respond to both formal and colloquial English;
and appropriately interpret nonverbal communication signals. Various communications
may be in person, over the telephone, or in writing.
- Visual acuity - Read written materials, charts, graphs,
and instrument scales; and identify and distinguish objects macroscopically and
- Movement - Move easily from one location to another such
as the clinical laboratory, patient areas, corridors, and elevators. Travel to different
clinical sites for practical training.
- Small motor skills - Safely handle specimens and laboratory
reagents; manipulate instruments, including handling small objects; adjusting dials/knobs
and manipulate other laboratory materials (e.g., pipettors) in order to complete
tasks. Use an electronic keyboard to calculate record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory
- Personal physical requirements - Demonstrate adequate
stamina to tolerate physically taxing workloads and work situations such as sitting
or standing at a microscope or other laboratory equipment for extended periods of
time. Lift and move objects of at least 20 pounds. Discrimination texture and temperature
- Safety awareness - Work safely with potential chemical,
radiologic, and biologic hazards and follow prescribed guidelines for working with
all potential hazards, including mechanical and electrical.
- Professional skills - Follow written and verbal directions;
work independently and with others; prioritize requests and work concurrently on
at least two different tasks; maintain alertness and concentration during a normal
- Personal stability - Demonstrate the psychological health
required to respond to supervisors, coworkers and others in a collegial manner;
Recognize emergency situations and respond with appropriate actions. Maintain a
high level of competence in a stressful and distracting environment.
- Values - Demonstrate respect for self and others and present
a professional image and deportment, including qualities of confidence, personal
integrity, and appropriate appearance. Critically evaluate own performance, accept
constructive criticism, and plan self improvement activities.
These essential functions are provided to current and prospective students and to
the public as part of the admissions process and in compliance with Standard 10
of the Standards of Accredited Educational Programs for the Clinical Laboratory
Scientist/Medical Technologist of the National Accrediting Agency for ClinicalLaboratory Sciences.
All students must perform these essential functions of the curriculum according
to the standards described- with or without reasonable accommodations. Students
in need accommodations should initiate a request for specific accommodations through
the Dean of the School of Health Sciences.