About the Program

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.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete in as few as 12 months
36 credit hours
$444.44 per credit hour*

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


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


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown


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*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

Scholarship Available

For a limited time students have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 scholarship, which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program. Scholarship applies to nursing courses only and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV MSHS CLS online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.


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