B.S. Clinical Lab Sciences

Bachelor's degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences


The Bachelor’s degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences prepares students for technical, supervisory and managerial positions in traditional clinical laboratory sciences practice areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, diagnostic microbiology, immunohematology and serology. Other areas of practice include molecular diagnostics, histocompatibility testing, toxicology, assisted reproductive technology, crime investigation and parentage testing laboratory work based on DNA Technology, laboratory testing related to gene therapy and stem cell therapy and many other emerging areas of clinical laboratory medicine.

Freshman / Sophomore Program

Lower Division Requirements

English/Humanities (15 sh)

  • ENC 1101 English Composition I* (3 sh)
  • ENC 1102 English Composition II* (3 sh)
  • Humanities Elective (Literature)** (3 sh)
  • Humanities Elective (Fine Arts)** (3 sh)
  • Humanities Elective (Values)** (3 sh)

Social Sciences/History (15 sh)

  • XXX XXXX Historical** (3 sh)
  • XXX XXXX Behavioral (3 sh)
  • XXX XXXX Socio/Political (3 sh)

Math (6 sh)

  • MAC 1105 College Algebra*** (3 sh)
  • STA 2023 Statistics*** (3 sh)

Science Prerequisites (26 sh)

  • ZOO 1010 General Zoology/Lab (4 sh)
  • PCB 2131 Cell Biology/Lab**** (4 sh)
  • PCB 4703 Human Physiology**** (3 sh)
  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I/Lab (4 sh)
  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II/Lab (4 sh)
  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (4 sh)
  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II/Lab (4 sh)
  • MLS 3031 Intro Clinical Lab Sciences (Elective) (2 sh)

* Fulfills Gordon Rule writing requirement.
** From these courses students must choose two which fulfill the Gordon Rule writing requirement.
See your advisor for clarification.
*** Fulfills Gordon Rule math requirement.
**** The two course sequence of Anatomy & Physiology I and II may be substituted for these.
Foreign language requirement: Students must have either 2 years of the same foreign language in high school or 2 semesters in college

Junior / Senior Program

Summer

  • HSC 3550 Pathophysiology (3 sh)

Fall

  • BCH 3033 Biochemistry I/Lab (4 sh)
  • PCB 3063 Genetics/Lab (4 sh)
  • MCB 3020 Microbiology/Lab (4 sh)

Spring

  • PCB 4233 Immunology/Lab (4 sh)
  • MLS 4460 Diagnostic Microbiology I/Lab (4 sh)
  • MLS 4305 Hematology I/Lab (4 sh)
  • Apply for Clinical Year

Selection of Candidates for Clinical Year

  • The Clinical year of the CLS Program has limited access. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per year. Two classes are selected each year, one in the Spring, and one in the Summer.
  • Admission into the University as a CLS major does not guarantee selection into the clinical year.
  • Students should apply for entry into the clinical year during the Spring semester if they are taking Hematology I and Diagnostic Microbiology I, or the Summer if they are taking Hemostasis and Thrombosis and other MLS courses.
  • Eligibility is limited to those students who have completed all of the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5. A student with a GPA between 2.0 - 2.5 will be considered if showing strength in other criteria, and space is available.
  • Eligible Spring students are required to submit an application (by February 1), as well as three letters of recommendation (by February 15), to the Program director to be considered for selection into the clinical year. Deadlines for Summer students are mid-June for application and letters of recommendation.
  • Spring applicant selections are completed by April. Summer applicant selections are completed by September.  Student selection is based on evaluation of the application form and references, completion of prerequisite courses, GPA, other merit recognition, and an interview with the selection committee.
  • Students not selected may complete a B.S. degree in Biology and apply for clinical year selection the following year

For Preprofessional Students

Many of our graduates use their clinical laboratory training as an advantage when they apply to professional schools.  The CLS curriculum includes all of the necessary pre-requisites, with the exception of Calculus and Physics I & II, for medical school, pharmacy school, and physician assistant school.  Look at the Alumni Spotlights tab to see where our graduates are at.

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