An Exploratory Study of Clinical Laboratory Science Programs in Texas
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Currently there is a shortage of clinical laboratory scientists in Texas. The workers needed to reduce this shortage are graduating from university-based and hospital-based programs across the state. There is little literature pertaining to the efforts being taken by these programs to reduce the workforce shortage and the barriers that impede these efforts. Assessing the current status of clinical laboratory science (CLS) programs in Texas by comparing program structure and gathering program director feedback regarding program needs, professional trends and student recruitment will provide a starting point for understanding how to address the CLS workforce shortage in Texas. This study provides basic knowledge about the status of the state’s programs in order to guide further study and future improvement efforts. A survey was sent to 14 program directors in Texas, and three directors from each program type responded. The results of these six survey responses were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. General themes emerged from the data, and these themes were used to compare and contrast the different program types. Multiple barriers to CLS education were identified that were common to both groups, such as a lack of recognition of the career and a lack of funds to further educational efforts. Suggestions were also made as to how to address these barriers in order to reduce the CLS workforce shortage in Texas. The findings from this study should provide a starting point for future research.
Renfro, Margaret A (2015). An Exploratory Study of Clinical Laboratory Science Programs in Texas. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from