Mission and Goals
The mission of the KU doctorate in clinical laboratory science program is to provide a setting where qualified students can prepare themselves for advanced practice in the clinical laboratory sciences.
The opportunities are to be such that graduates will become valuable members of the health care team by providing consultative laboratory services to improve patient care and safety, reduce costs through appropriate lab testing and utilization, and perform evidence-based research to advance the practice of clinical laboratory science.
The program strives to develop in each graduate an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the needs and concerns of the patient and other members of the health care team.
Upon completion of the degree program, graduates should be able to:
- Provide patient-centered, customized consultation services on appropriate test selection and interpretation for the purpose of clinical decision-making among the interprofessional health care team and for the patient.
- Monitor laboratory data, test utilization, and diagnostic testing processes for individual patients and populations using informatics and analytics to reduce diagnostic errors, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.
- Conduct research and apply evidence to demonstrate clinical utility of laboratory tests and algorithms and to improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of the overall diagnostic testing process.
- Educate health care providers, patients, their families, and the general public on the indications, best evidence, patient preparation, and interpretation of clinical laboratory testing including home self-testing.
- Direct laboratory operations to comply with all state and federal laws and regulations, as well as guidelines determined by professional boards of licensure, and certification/accreditation agencies.
- Participate in public and private health policy decision making at all organization and government levels using best evidence.