Program Description

The Program in Clinical Laboratory Science is a two-year program with entry at the Junior or at Senior level depending on pre-requisites. It is a highly intensive course of study in preparation for national certification as a medical laboratory scientist.

For each area of study you will receive classroom lectures, laboratory demonstrations and technical experience.


Because The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the largest cancer centers in the world, many special areas of instruction can be presented, covering areas such as steroid receptors, tumor markers, bone marrow interpretation, flow cytometry and molecular techniques.

The Program includes the following topics:

  • Capstone Seminar
  • Clinical Coagulation
  • Clinical Hematology and Cytogenetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Instrumentation
  • Clinical Microbiology: Bacteriology, Parasitology and Mycology
  • Clinical Microbiology: Virology and Serology
  • Immunohematology
  • Urinalysis and Body Fluids
  • Molecular Genetics Technology
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Advanced Studies
  • Management and Education

Upon successful completion of our Program you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and will be eligible to take the national certification exams.

Please see the School of Health Professions Student Catalog for more information about the curriculum and course descriptions.

Why MD Anderson?

Since 1994, MD Anderson has ranked among the nation's top two hospitals in cancer care, according to the "America's Best Hospitals" survey published annually in U.S. News and World Report. One of the models for federally designated comprehensive cancer centers, MD Anderson is internationally recognized for its exceptional strength in patient care, research, and educational programs.

MD Anderson's laboratories offer a unique educational experience not found in many institutions. More than five million tests are performed annually on patients who travel to MD Anderson from all parts of the United States and abroad. Thus, your education will include the entire spectrum of laboratory testing, from the relatively uncomplicated to the highly specialized procedures only available at a tertiary care center such as MD Anderson.