Assessing the educational preparation of clinical laboratory scientists.Clin Lab Sci 1994 Sep-Oct; 7(5):293-9CL
To assess the educational preparation of clinical laboratory science (CLS) graduates using an approach that addresses the general education and professional components of the curriculum and includes multiple programs.
Survey of a convenience sample.
Four CLS programs in North Carolina.
CLS graduates with one, three, and five years of experience.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE
Results of 48 competency statements rated by graduates for level of preparation and importance in current jobs.
Graduates indicated that they were well prepared in most conceptual and technical competencies with the exception of computers and management. Preparation in career marketability skills (interviewing, writing résumés, and career planning), contextual competence (understanding socioeconomic and governmental issues), and scholarly concern for professional improvement (research skills) was rated relatively low. Graduates considered the conceptual and technical competencies related to their current specialty as very important for their jobs. They also rated professional ethics, communication skills, and integrative competencies as very important for practice. Graduates in supervisory positions rated communication competencies significantly higher in importance than did graduates in other positions. Graduates rated as relatively unimportant competencies in conceptual and technical skills unrelated to their current specialties and scholarly concern for professional improvement.
In the professional component of the curriculum, educators should review the amount of conceptual and technical content required and the level of preparation in career marketability skills. In the general education component of the curriculum, CLS students' preparation in contextual competencies and communication skills should be reviewed and strengthened.