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Clinical Laboratory Science

Department of Biology

Clinical laboratory science solves problems associated with diagnostic medicine. Through laboratory work, research, and supervisory activities, clinical laboratory scientists contribute to the accurate diagnosis of disease.

The Clinical Laboratory Science program begins with three years of on-campus study in science, math, and Liberal Education. It concludes with a fourth year of highly specialized training at a hospital school of clinical laboratory science accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Permission to apply for the competitive fourth year positions usually requires a grade point average of nearly 3.00. Clinical areas of study include hematology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, immunohematology, and microscopy. Upon completion of the clinical year, students are eligible to take the National Registry Examination of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Certifying Examination of Medical Technologists.

Graduates of the program are in high demand and are prepared for technologist and supervisory positions in hospital, clinical, and research laboratories. The Clinical Laboratory Science degree is also appropriate preparation for graduate study in related careers such as biology, chemistry, and medicine.

Note: Students must make a formal application to be considered for the fourth-year clinical training. Students should discuss this procedure with the advisor early.

Career Directions

  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Also: Graduate Study