Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The M.S. in Health Sciences—Clinical Laboratory Sciences online program provides advanced knowledge for certified medical laboratory scientists and medical technologists seeking to advance their careers.

Focused on the major areas of laboratory medicine as well as management and leadership, this 100% online master's degree prepares you for middle management in hospital or reference laboratories. Graduates may also pursue consulting positions in private labs or physician office labs or teaching positions in medical laboratory science programs at a university or hospital.

UT Rio Grande Valley offers our Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree program 100% online.

The health care industry is expected to continue to grow rapidly and there is increasing demand for candidates with graduate-level training who can take leadership roles in clinical laboratory sciences. Our program helps lab technicians take the next step in their career.

Graduates gain a more sophisticated knowledge of laboratory systems and essential laboratory management and leadership skills, and emerge better qualified for careers in diagnostic and clinical services, pathology, research, and other medical technology laboratory settings.

MSHS Clinical Laboratory Sciences online program advantages:

  • 100% online
  • Affordable tuition
  • Accelerated program
  • Instruction from faculty with experience in the field
  • Complete coursework in as few as 12 months
Duration MBA Financial Planning  Complete in as few as 12 months
Credit Hours MBA Financial Planning  36 credit hours
Per credit hour Per 3-credit course Total program cost
Tuition MBA Financial Planning  444.44 Tuition MBA Financial Planning  1,333.32 Tuition MBA Financial Planning  16,000*
*We estimate the tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
      • Students with a lower GPA will be considered for Probationary Admission.
    • For MSHS CLS, applicants should be a medical lab scientist with AMT or ASCP certification and/or hold a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science.
    • Applicants must provide two letters of reference, personal and professional.
    • Applicants must provide a letter of intent.
    • Cleared Criminal Background Check

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and International applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, click here.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). For additional information, click here.

    *Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

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  • Program Contact

    Program Director:Dr. Saraswathy Nair

    Phone: 956-882-5108

    Office: Brownsville Campus, BBRHB 1.103


    Special Assistant to the Program: Ms. Kim M. Garcia

    Phone: 956-665-4781

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EHABW 1144A


  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadline:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I Fall 2018 Module II
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22 September 17
  • Course Requirements

    Core Courses

    INFS 6340 Health Computer Information Systems

    This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    HSCI 6300 Introduction to the Health Care System and Quality Improvement

    An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    HSCI 6307 Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing

    This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    HSCI 6310 Research in Health Sciences

    An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    HSCI 6345 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

    Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of health care in today's society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    HSCI 7302 Professional Proposal Writing

    This course will cover the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources, as well as the principles of successful grant management.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    Clinical Laboratory Sciences Track

    CLSC 6300 Pathophysiology of Disease

    This course explores the phenomena that produce changes in normal cellular and tissue functions as well as related physiologic processes resulting from aging and various disease processes.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    CLSC 6301 Advanced Clinical Practice in Hematology and Hemostasis

    The pathogenesis, mechanism and morphological overview of hematological and coagulation disorders. Laboratory testing protocols, clinical pathways and interpretation of diagnostic tests will be covered.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    CLSC 6302 Advanced Practice in Clinical Chemistry

    This course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of the practice of clinical chemistry. Topics include advanced analytical techniques, selection of methodologies, clinical pathways and the application of biochemical testing to the diagnosis of disease. Current practice as well as an analysis of future trends in laboratory testing will be discussed.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    CLSC 6303 Advanced Practice in Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Disease

    Laboratory techniques used in the diagnosis of infectious diseases in humans. Emphasis will be placed on the differential diagnosis and correlation of microbiology results with other laboratory tests. Current research in these areas will be explored.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    CLSC 6304 Advanced Practice in Immunohematology and Immunology

    This course focuses on the function of the immune system in both health and disease. Advanced concepts in immunology are covered in the areas of transplantation, clinical immunopathology, immunotherapy and transfusion practice. Current research in red cell, antigens and antibodies, autoantibodies, drug induced sensitization and problem solving techniques are explored.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    CLSC 6305 Clinical Applications of Molecular Diagnostics

    This course provides foundation knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, and the molecular basis of selected human diseases. An over-view of molecular diagnostics techniques used in the diagnosis, monitoring, therapeutic decision-making, and prediction of genetic, infectious, and malignant diseases is discussed. Pharmacogenomics and ethical issues are also addressed.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3