UTRGV receives federal grant to provide scholarships for students aspiring to become clinical laboratory scientists

Monday, July 13, 2020 -By Letty Fernandez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV has been awarded a $1.15 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) to help provide scholarships to aspiring students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

UTRGV will receive $230,000 per year for five years from the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. The funding will help support the UTRGV Clinical Laboratory Science Program (CLS) in its efforts to actively recruit talented students interested in the CLS profession.

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Congratulations to Professors Daniela Gill and Sandie Tijerina

Transmission of a HRSA Notice of Award for 1 T08HP39286-01-00

Sandra Tijerina Daniela Gill

Sandra Tijerina – Associate Professor;
Program Director of CLS Program

Daniela Gill- Clinical Assistant Professor

Scholarships For Disadvantaged Students provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the CLS program

Period of Funding: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2025

PI: Daniela Gill, MSHS, MLS(ASCP)CM and

Co-PI: Sandra L. Tijerina, MS, MLS(ASCP)cmSBB,SH(ASCP)cm

Shortened Abstract: The Clinical Laboratory Science Program requests SDS scholarship support for a total of 20 disadvantaged students enrolled in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. The CLS program facilitates the mission of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by providing a quality educational experience which prepares medical laboratory scientists students for leadership roles in a multicultural healthcare system. Becoming part of the SDS program will allow disadvantaged students in the Rio Grande Valley to obtain higher education in a rigorous and under-staffed healthcare profession. The high increase of laboratory tests being developed, including novel molecular testing requires trained, specialized medical laboratory scientists to perform, analyze and interpret laboratory data. Providing accurate laboratory results to the physician will decrease healthcare costs as well as increase positive patient outcomes. The UTRGV CLS program remains committed to provide healthcare professionals in medically underserved communities.

Due to proactive measures by UTRGV to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on our university community, 

The Fall 2020 semester application deadline have been extended to April 20th.

Vision Statement

We strive to be a leader in the transformation of healthcare and the future growth of the South Texas Region through education, research and service.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program is to provide a quality educational experience which prepares clinical laboratory scientists for leadership roles in a multicultural health care system. Excellence in teaching is enhanced by faculty engaged in research, creative activities as well as professional service to the Profession, the University and the Community.

Bachelor of Science Clinical Laboratory Science Degree Plan

Bachelor of Science Clinical Laboratory Science Roadmap


 43rd cohort

It is an honor to present the newest cohort to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. This is the 43rd cohort to be admitted to the program. The first cohort started in 1976. The white coat ceremony was held on Friday, September 27, 2019.

2020 Profiles in Excellence

April 14, 2020
Jo-Ann Galindo

Name: Jo-Ann Galindo
Age: 22
Major: Clinical Laboratory Science
Hometown: Rio Grande City, TX

Before graduating high school, my plan was to move away for college. However, as graduation got closer, I realized being close to home and my family was very important to me. It was then when I decided to stay in the Valley and attend UTRGV. Being close to the people I most love while still being able to attend college and obtain my desired degree was perfect. 

Read more about Jo-Ann Galindo.



3rd place winners

Names Left to Right:  Victoria Rodriguez, Marco Ibarra, Paulina Flores, Roxanne Cano, Luis Salinas (Team Captain), Mrs. Sandra Tijerina (CLS Program Director), Mr. Duncan Samo (TACLS President)

UTRGV Clinical Laboratory Science Program students competed at the state Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science Student Bowl and placed 3rd.  There were 11 teams from various universities and hospitals competing

Online Clinical Micro being offered Summer I 2019

If you still need to take clinical microbiology which is a prerequisite for nursing, CLS, and other health majors, the College of Health Professions is now offering Clinical Microbiology in Healthcare fully online for Summer I 2019.   Please register for both Lecture CLSC 2429-01 and Lab CLSC 2429A.  Registration will open March 4, 2019.

Watch the Clinical Laboratory Science White Coat Ceremony 2018 - 2019 here.


CLS ceremony

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program White Coat Ceremony for the 2018-2019 cohort. (Photo courtesy of David Pezzat Photographers.) 

“Congratulations to CLS students and faculty on the 100% pass rate achieved by December 2016 graduates at the National Board of Certification Exam!  Well done!”

UTRGV’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program selected as Examples of Excelencia finalistRIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 10, 2016 – Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization focused on the success of Latino students, has announced the selection of the UTRGV Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program as one of 20 finalists for its national Examples of Excelenciaawards.

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The Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences is offering the course Clinical Microbiology in Health Care in Brownsville for pre nursing, pre nutrition and pre CLS students for the first time. We need more students to enroll in this class for the Brownsville campus. If enrollment is less than 15 students, then the class will have to be postponed until Spring 2017. That course is currently being offered in Edinburg. 

Congratulations to faculty and students!

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program Pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam (national) for the Fall 2014 graduating cohort is 95.5%.   Retention rates for that cohort were 100% as per certification standards.  95.5% of the Fall 2015 graduating class (21 out 22) found jobs within one month of graduation.