Clinical Laboratory Science Offers New Course

Boise - Idaho State University's Boise Center will offer a new graduate level management course through the clinical laboratory science program, beginning Jan.

17, 2003. Emphasis will be on current topics in management, including management challenges, understanding your supervisor, and skills to become a better manager.

ISU's clinical laboratory science program began fall of 2002 with several options, including a Bachelor of Science in CLS, Bachelor of Science with CLS certificate, and Master of Science. "We have 17 enthusiastic students enrolled in the program at present," said Sonja Nehr-Kanet, clinical assistant professor at the ISU Boise Center. CLS professionals are key members of health care teams. They perform tests on bodily fluids and evaluate and interpret the results. The information they uncover aids in diagnosing cancer, heart attacks and diabetes, as well as identifying bacteria and viruses.

"There is an acute shortage of CLS professionals, not only in hospitals and independent laboratories but administrative, research, marketing and educational settings as well," said Nehr-Kanet. The Bureau of Labor statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of clinical laboratory technicians and scientists will increase by 10-20 percent through the year 2008. In 2002, the average starting salary for technicians was $23,000 annually and for clinical lab scientists, $33,000 annually.

The management course will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays from Jan. 17 through May 16 at the ISU Boise Center, 12301 W. Explorer Dr. For more information, call Nehr-Kanet at 685-6756. - 27 November 2002

Released by: University Relations
Contact: Sonja Nehr-Kanet, (208) 685-6756 or Susan Galindo, (208) 282-4378

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