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2017-2018 University Catalog 
    
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Laboratory Management, MS


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Mission of the Online Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management (CLM)


Our mission is to prepare highly-qualified graduates equipped to perform as clinical laboratory managers in a collaborative, diverse, and rapidly changing health care environment. Students will be active participants in learning and developing into a competent, effective and ethical manager.  We prepare graduates who have a spirit of inquiry, a commitment to lifelong learning and service, and who are dedicated to advance the quality and availability of health care.

Vision of the Online Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management (CLM)


Our vision is to provide the highest quality Clinical Laboratory Management graduate program that is recognized as the national leader for outstanding preparation of managers entering the clinical laboratories. 

Clinical Laboratory Management, MS: Program Overview


The on line Master of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Management (CLM) is designed for the practicing Medical Laboratory Scientist who desires formal, but flexibly delivered graduate education in management. The CLM program emphasizes: management principles & quality management, organizational structure & management functions, managerial decision-making & process improvement, human resource management, financial management, compliance & regulatory issues, health care informatics, and legal issues in health care. This program provides a practical approach to managing the day to day aspects of the clinical laboratory.

The Clinical Laboratory Manager is employable as supervisory personnel in a hospital, reference laboratory, clinical pathology, physician’s office laboratory, industry, public health laboratory, clinical diagnostic company, educational institution or government agency. Students who successfully complete the M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Management, and possess two years of full-time acceptable experience in clinical laboratory supervision or management within the last 10 years, may apply for the Diplomate in Laboratory Management from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. Students can attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

Overview of Student Learning Outcomes for the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management (CLM)


  1. Compare traditional and non-traditional organizational structures and construct an organizational chart.
  2. Create five steps that managers should take to make the best decisions and utilize the tools that are used in a decision-making process.
  3. Summarize the various aspects involved in the management of human resources such as employee benefits, recruitment, termination, and compensation, along with the laws and regulations that affect them.
  4. Construct a performance evaluation mechanism that incorporates all of the basic components of a job description.
  5. Perform a cost/benefit analysis and justify the implementation of a new laboratory test, automation and/or information system.
  6. Compare and contrast the different forms of reimbursement that are currently used to pay for healthcare-associated costs with regards to their impact on the clinical laboratory.
  7. Reflect on current management skills, identify areas that need improvement, and utilize course resources to become a more effective manager.
  8. Demonstrate effective leadership and effective communication in the clinical laboratory.
  9. Identify issues and trends in clinical laboratory management such that change can be anticipated and accommodated through appropriate planning.
  10. Conduct a research project with faculty/mentor guidance to include applying principles of research design, evaluation of published research studies, accurate interpretation of data, and dissemination of results.

 

Minimum Adission Requirements


  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university in medical laboratory, biological or related science (The program will accept a BS/BA degree from a foreign institution for admission into the CLM.MS and CLMB.MS programs with the following stipulations:
  • The foreign transcript must be evaluated by ECE and the evaluation must result in a determination that the student has earned a BS/BA that is equivalent to a U.S. BS/BA.
  • The applicant must satisfy the CHS policy for the TOEFL exam)
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • Documentation of MLS (ASCP), MT (ASCP) or CLS (NCA) certification
  • Two years working experience in an accredited laboratory (specifically blood bank if completing the SBB program)
  • For non-native English speakers, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to  satisfy the College of Health Sciences’ policy on the TOEFL
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Three reference letters
  • A phone interview

Clinical Laboratory Management Technical Standards


Rush University is committed to diversity and to attracting and educating students who will make the population of health care professionals representative of the national population.

Our core values - ICARE - Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence translate into our work with all students, including those with disabilities. Rush actively collaborates with students to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and creates a respectful accountable culture through our confidential and specialized disability support. Rush is committed to excellence in accessibility; we encourage students with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations.

The following technical functions are required of all students enrolled in the Clinical Laboratory Management program:

Acquire information:

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in courses such as lecture, group, and physical demonstrations.
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer systems (e.g., literature searches & data retrieval).
  • Identify information presented in accessible images from paper, slides, videos with audio description, and transparencies.
  • Identify information presented in images from paper, slides, videos, and transparencies.
  • Recognize and assess patient changes in mood, activity, cognition, verbal, and non-verbal communication.

Use and Interpret:

  • Use and interpret information from assessment techniques/maneuvers. Use and interpret information related to physiologic phenomena generated from diagnostic tools.

Motor:

  • Possess psychomotor skills necessary to provide or assist in holistic Clinical Laboratory Management care and perform or assist with procedures and treatments.
  • Practice in a safe manner and appropriately provide Clinical Laboratory Management care and assessment in emergencies and life support procedures and perform universal precautions against contamination.

Communication:

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and families.
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, preceptors, and all members of the healthcare team during practicum and other learning experiences.
  • Accurately elicit information including a medical history and other information to adequately and effectively evaluate a population’s, client’s or patient’s condition.

Intellectual ability:

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data related to diagnosis and treatment of patients and populations.
  • Exercise proper judgment and complete responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner according to the Clinical Laboratory Management role.
  • Synthesize information, problem solve, and think critically to judge the most appropriate theory, assessment, or treatment strategy.

Behavioral:

  • Maintain mature, sensitive, effective relationships with clients/patients, families, students, faculty, staff, preceptors and other professionals under all circumstances.
  • Exercise skills of diplomacy to advocate for patients in need.
  • Possess emotional stability to function under stress and adapt to rapidly changing environments inherent to the classroom and practice settings.

Character:

  • Demonstrate concern for others.
  • Integrity, accountability, interest, and motivation are necessary personal qualities.
  • Demonstrate intent and desire to follow the Rush University and Clinical Laboratory Management Code of Ethics.

The technical standards delineated above must be met with or without accommodation. Students who, after review of the technical standards, determine that they require reasonable accommodation to fully engage in the program, should contact the Office of Student Disability Services to confidentially discuss their accommodations needs. Given the clinical nature of our programs time may be needed to implement the accommodations. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged. To learn more about accommodations at Rush University please contact:

Marie Ferro-Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW
Manager, Office of Student Disability Services
Rush University
600 S. Paulina St. AAC 440
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5237
Marie_S_Ferro-Lusk@rush.edu

Clinical Laboratory Management Curriculum with SBB Certificate Completion Option


Students who are interested in completing the SBB certificate program along with the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management will start the M.S. in CLM program by taking courses in the SBB certificate program followed by CLM courses. Graduates of a CAAHEP-accredited SBB program other than the Rush program, must have their transcript evaluated to determine the transferability of the SBB courses and assignment of credit. Such students may need to take additional credit to be awarded the M.S. in CLM.

Academic Policies


Midterm Warning Notices


Students not maintaining a passing-level grade at midterm time will be given a written warning notice. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the course instructor immediately to ascertain how the grade can be improved.

Academic Progression


High academic performance in required courses is expected. Students will be considered in good standing at Rush University unless placed on academic probation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required in the CLM program. Cumulative grade point averages will be reviewed after each semester. The faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of a student whose conduct, health or performance demonstrates lack of fitness for continuance in a health profession. Any such student not voluntarily withdrawing will be dismissed from the University.

Academic Probation


Academic probation is assigned to any student who receives a semester grade point average below 3.0 or whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0. Students placed on probation have two semesters in which to regain the status of good standing as follows:

  • The next semester after being placed on probation, the student must attain a semester grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Two semesters after being placed on probation, the student must have a cumulative grade point average above 3.0.
  • Failure to make the minimum semester grade point average one semester after probation or the minimum cumulative grade point average two semesters after probation will result in dismissal from the University.
  • Note that the receipt of financial aid may also be impacted when the grade point average falls below 3.0.

“C,” “D,” “F” or “N” Grades in the CLM Program


Students may not receive more than two grades of C or lower in the program. Should a student receive a third grade of C or lower, he or she will be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a D, F or N grade in any course must repeat that course. In the event that a student is required to repeat a course that is a prerequisite for an advanced course, the advanced course may not be taken until the student successfully passes the prerequisite course. Thus, the student’s progression in the program may be affected. Students who receive a second D or F grade in the same academic year will be dismissed from the program.

Clinical Laboratory Management: Curriculum


The online Master of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Management (CLM) is designed for the practicing Medical Laboratory Scientist who desires formal, but flexibly delivered graduate education in management. The CLM program emphasizes: management principles & quality management, organizational structure & management functions, managerial decision-making & process improvement, human resource management, financial management, compliance & regulatory issues, health care informatics, and legal issues in health care. This program provides a practical approach to managing the day to day aspects of the clinical laboratory.

The Clinical Laboratory Manager is employable as supervisory personnel in a hospital, reference laboratory, clinical pathology, physician’s office laboratory, industry, public health laboratory, clinical diagnostic company, educational institution or government agency. Students who successfully complete the M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Management, and possess two years of full-time acceptable experience in clinical laboratory supervision or management within the last 10 years, may apply for the Diplomate in Laboratory Management from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. Students can attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

Plan of Study for the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management Program Including Completion of the Specialist in Blood Bank (SBB) Certificate Program


Management Courses: 28 Semester Hours


SBB Elective Courses: 17 Semester Hours


Total Semester Hours: 45


***Please note: For students completing SBB from another program: An SBB Course Equivalency Evaluation is required.
    
***Professional credits may be granted after completion of this evaluation for students graduating from an
 AABB/CAAHEP accredited SBB program outside of the Rush University.

Plan of Study for the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management Program


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