Clinical Laboratory Scientists are competent in:
- developing and establishing procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances;
- performing analytical tests of body fluids, blood cells, and other substances;
- integrating and relating data generated by the various laboratory departments while making decisions regarding possible discrepancies;
- confirming abnormal results, executing and verifying quality control procedures, and developing solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data;
- evaluating quality control results and quality assurance measures, and instituting proper procedures to maintain accuracy and precision;
- establishing and performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identifying appropriate sources for repairs;
- developing, evaluating, and selecting new techniques, instruments and methods in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratory’s personnel, equipment, space and budgetary resources;
- demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals and the public;
- establishing and maintaining continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence;
- providing leadership in educating other health personnel and the community;
- exercising principles of management, safety, and supervision;
- applying principles of educational methodology, and
- applying principles of current information systems.
Upon graduation and initial employment, the Clinical Laboratory Scientist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice.