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Assessment of the graduate studies background of CLS faculty in university-based programs.
Clin Lab Sci 2004; 17(4):209-17CL

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To identify the degrees held and the graduate majors or fields of study for faculty teaching full-time and part-time in university-based, baccalaureate-degree clinical laboratory science/medical technology (CLS/MT) programs.

DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS

A survey and letter of project explanation was sent electronically to the 110 program directors of NAACLS-accredited university-based CLS/MT programs in the United States in May, 2003. Program directors were requested to provide for each full-time and part-time faculty member the following information: titles for all degrees held, major/field of study for each degree held, all specialist certifications held, all other formal degrees or certificates held, and all courses/areas taught in the CLS curriculum.

RESULTS

Information was provided on 288 faculty in 52 CLS/MT programs, for a response rate of 47%. The majority of faculty (75%) described were full-time. A doctorate was held by 43% of the reported faculty, while 46% held a master's degree as their highest degree, and 11 % only a BS in CLS or in biology plus a certificate from a hospital-based CLS/MT program. Graduate degrees in a science major or field represented 52% of the degrees held by the reported faculty, while 48% of the graduate degrees were in education, public health, or administration. Only 13% of the reported faculty held master's degrees specifically in CLS. Detailed results are provided for degrees held, majors/fields of study, and specialist certifications by specific courses/areas of the curriculum taught.

CONCLUSIONS

The results of this survey indicate that many faculty teaching in university-based CLS/MT programs are extending their preparation as scientists to the graduate level. This should prepare these faculty for their responsibilities in not only teaching but also research. A case cannot be made that a doctorate, as opposed to a master's degree, is viewed as the 'terminal degree' as less than half of the reported faculty in this study as well as others, held a doctorate. The results reported provide a national perspective on the graduate backgrounds of CLS faculty for comparison to an individual program's faculty during programmatic or institutional accreditation reviews.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Clinical Laboratory Science at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353, USA. bambergw@mail.ecu.edu

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15559726

Citation

Bamberg, Richard. "Assessment of the Graduate Studies Background of CLS Faculty in University-based Programs." Clinical Laboratory Science : Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, vol. 17, no. 4, 2004, pp. 209-17.
Bamberg R. Assessment of the graduate studies background of CLS faculty in university-based programs. Clin Lab Sci. 2004;17(4):209-17.
Bamberg, R. (2004). Assessment of the graduate studies background of CLS faculty in university-based programs. Clinical Laboratory Science : Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, 17(4), pp. 209-17.
Bamberg R. Assessment of the Graduate Studies Background of CLS Faculty in University-based Programs. Clin Lab Sci. 2004;17(4):209-17. PubMed PMID: 15559726.
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