Technical Standards




In addition to the technical standards for students in the College of Allied Health Sciences described above, each professional program requires additional specific standards as follows:

Additional Specific Technical Standards for Medical Laboratory Science Students

Once enrolled in the Program in Medical Laboratory Science, students must meet the full requirements of the curriculum, including the demonstration of the skills described herein for the College and the Program, in order to progress through the curriculum and to graduate.

General Standards

  • Ability to assess and make appropriate judgments regarding lab services and patient outcomes.
  • Ability to prioritize and perform laboratory testing.
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of patient care situations, including crises.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to participate in discussion in the classroom, the clinical arena and with colleagues and patients.
  • Ability to acquire information developed through didactic instruction and clinical experiences.
  • Ability to understand reading assignments and to search and evaluate literature.
  • Ability to prepare written assignments and maintain written records.
  • Ability to perform duties and assignments in a timely fashion while under stress and in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use the computer for instructional assignments and patient care activities.

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Additional Specific Standards

  • Physical And Motor Skills
    • Dexterity with both wrists, hands and arms, and dexterity with all fingers.
    • Ability to grasp, pinch, push, pull, finger, hold, extend, rotate, cut.
    • Ability to obtain and/or verify patient samples.
    • Possess sufficient stamina to tolerate physically taxing workloads.
    • Ability to operate/manipulate and effectively evaluate the status of laboratory instruments and equipment.

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  • Sensory Skills
    • Visual acuity (corrected to 20/40); visual perception with respect to depth and color.
    • Ability to palpate.

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  • Cognitive, Integrative, Quantitative Skills
    • Ability to measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate as applicable to clinical laboratory practice.
    • Ability to solve one or more problems within specific time frames, which are often short.
    • Ability to comprehend spatial relationships.

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  • Affective, Behavioral and Social Skills
    • Ability to function as part of a team (communicate effectively in English, consult, negotiate, share, delegate.)
    • Ability to delegate to and supervise others.
    • Adherence to safety guidelines for self and others.
    • Compliance with standards and regulations required by external agencies.
    • Ability to follow instructions/procedures with accuracy and precision
    • Ability to maintain intellectual and emotional stability and maturity under stress, while also maintaining appropriate performance standards.
    • Learn and exhibit professional attributes.

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revised: 08/03/2007

Department of Clinical Lab Sciences

930 Madison - Suite 664
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6304
cls@uthsc.edu