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CLS programs offer excellent opportunities Clinical Laboratory Sciences

May 2005

by Natalie Gutierrez

The department of clinical laboratory sciences (CLS) at the Health Science Center was rated by a research study published in the journal Clinical Laboratory Science as being one of the top 15 programs in the nation for research productivity and by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as being in the top three in the number of CLS degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Students can earn a baccalaureate degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate, or a master of science degree in clinical laboratory sciences.

Through partnerships with Wilford Hall Medical Center, Brooks City-Base and the Bexar County Forensic Science Center, graduate students participate in research internships in labs at these institutions and are mentored by forensic science professionals there.

The Bexar County Forensic Science Center, located on the Health Science Center campus, is an ideal training ground for graduate students. The Health Science Center is one of only a few universities in the nation to have an independent county forensic science unit on its campus. Students gain hands-on experience in labs, witness autopsies and learn from some of the nationís top medical examiners.

The program has produced graduates who have contributed valuable research on postmortem concentrations of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), the effects of consumption of herbal dietary supplements on amphetamines/ methamphetamines in urine, and the metabolic profile of the drug famprofazone, an analgesic that can produce a positive urine test for amphetamines.

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