CLS Essential Functions


Candidates for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program are expected to be able to perform the following essential requriements and functions.


Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time, up to four (4) hours. Ability to operate a computer keyboard and calculator. Ability to view video display terminal images for extended periods of time, up to four (4) hours. Ability to lift, tug, or pull up to fifteen (15) pounds. Occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens and laboratory chemicals.

  1. Full ambulation is not essential, but must be physically capable of performing manual and automated clinical lab testing at workstations.
  2. Be capable of performing delicate manual tasks while wearing or using safety equipment mandated for laboratories.
  3. Be capable of reading, understanding, and applying new information about clinical laboratory science.
  4. Be capable of understanding and following instructions, both written and verbal.
  5. Be able to communicate effectively with laboratory and hospital staff.
  6. Be capable of performing phlebotomy throughout the hospital including patient rooms.
  7. Vision must be sufficient to permit use of microscopes, reading test requisitions, computer screens and printouts, patient identification devices, textbooks, and instrumentation details. Must be able to correctly differentiate colors as required by laboratory procedures.
  8. Due to the requirements to handle potentially dangerous substances and objects, must not be subject to fainting spells, convulsive disorders, or other episodic incapacitation that occurs without adequate warning.
  9. Be able to work assigned shift with rest periods as defined by law. Must be physically able to meet the sick leave requirements of the program.
  1. Learn to interact with patients in a professional manner, with respect for their rights to dignity, privacy, and confidentiality.
  2. Learn to perform specified laboratory testing accurately and precisely in a timely manner.
  3. Learn to organize workload, meet deadlines, and maintain an orderly work area.
  4. Understand and follow safety precautions used in the laboratory.
  5. Learn to perform equipment maintenance and function verification.
  6. Learn to recognize and make decisions regarding quality control and other problems.
  7. Learn to collect blood specimens and other body samples.
  8. Learn to use the microscope to recognize diagnostic detail and/or color.
  9. Recognize own preferred learning style and communicate needs to the teaching staff.
  10. Learn to work cooperatively with other students, faculty, employees, and supervisors. Communicate effectively.
  11. Complete educational assignments and take written and practical exams.
  12. Learn the theory/clinical significance behind lab testing to make sound decisions.
  13. Complete projects about and learn principles of adult education and management.
  14. Learn to keep accurate, legible records of laboratory work. Learn to use computers.
  15. Learn to make good independent judgments.
  16. Learn to work effectively under stress.
  17. Show absolute integrity in the accurate performance and reporting of results.
  18. Learn to work with potentially hazardous materials and samples. Show willingness to work with patients and samples that are potentially biohazardous.

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Medical Laboratory Science Program
Phone: (509) 865-8642