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COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Subject: CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES

Degrees offered:

B.S.  Clinical Laboratory Science

Number of faculty:

  3

Number of majors in the program:

17 majors and 36 Pre-Clinical Lab Science with a total of 53.*

Accreditation agency:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Faculty Liaison:

Delfina Dominguez, Ph.D

Library Subject Specialist:

Kristin Sanchez

Department Chair:

Lorraine Torres, M.S.

* Fall, 2004 data as reported in The University of Texas at El Paso FACT BOOK 2004-2005, Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning, 2005. 

 

Program Description

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program (formerly Medical Technology) is a professional program and prepares the graduates to function as professionals within the health care system with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students completing the 60 hours of pre-professional courses at the university or at a regionally accredited institution must apply for admission in the upper division having had their transcripts evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Evaluation. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The graduates are eligible to take two national certification examinations.  One examination is from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists which upon successful completion allows them to use MT (ASCP) after their name.  Another examination is from the National Certification Agency that allows them upon successful completion to use CLS (Clinical Laboratory Scientist) after their name.  

The enrollment is limited to the number of clinical sites available.

Description of Existing Collection
NCIP Code: 2

Materials are located using the Library of Congress call numbers:

QH 585.5; QM 557; QR 2; QR 41; QR 46; QR 67; QR 251; QR 255;  RB 1-112; RB 145; RC 46;  RC 119; RM  171-172; RM 182; 

The "Selected List of Books and Journals in Allied Health Sciences" by the late Alfred N. Brandon and Dorothy R. Hill, Journal of the Medical Library Association, Vol. 91, No. 1, January, 2003, pp 18-33, was used to check the holdings of the library.

The library was found to have 71% of the books recommended by the Brandon/Hill “Selected List of Print Books and Journals in Allied Health Sciences” in the following areas:   3 of the 4 titles on the list. for biochemistry and chemistry, 7 of the 10 titles for hematology, 1 of 3 titles for histology, 3 of the 4 titles for immunology and serology, 13 of 20 titles for medical technology, 6 of 7 titles for microbiology, all 4 titles for parasitology, and 3 of the 4 titles for pathology . It also has 5 of the 9 journals on the list for medical technology and the one journal title listed under hematology in the journal list.

Current Collecting Intensity
NCIP Code: 2

The material selected supports the undergraduate program. Current material is sought to satisfy the needs of the students and faculty in Clinical Laboratory Science. Research material for the faculty is also searched and obtained.

Desired Collection Level
NCIP Code: 3

The library needs to purchase the basic and advanced journals in Clinical Laboratory Science. It also needs to consider the purchase of current monographs in the discipline.

Other Resources

Locally, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences in El Paso supplements the University of Texas at El Paso collection with medical texts and journals not being purchased by the university.  Other libraries available to the students and faculty are the El Paso Community College, the El Paso Public Library, New Mexico State University and the medical library of the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

The Interlibrary Loan Department of the Library provides material not available in the area.

The library is a charter member of the Del Norte Biosciences Library Consortium which meets regularly to dialog.

Last updated:   03/30/2006