Clinical Laboratory Science
in the School of Health Professions
While in the Clinical Laboratory Science program, students will learn to determine the presence or absence of disease and provide information to the physician for diagnosis and treatment. The student utilizes didactic knowledge and technical skills to conduct a variety of laboratory tests and correlate those results with disease processes.
The CLS student will be introduced to the importance of quality control (QC) programs and have the ability to troubleshoot and repair laboratory instruments based on those QC results.
The program offers a two-year track leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. See the prerequisites (pdf).
Students learn to utilize a number of biochemical tests to identify unknown pathogens
Students use the same tech as medical labs, to perform 100s of chemical assays to provide lab results physicians need to diagnosis/monitor patients
Students learn to identify abnormalities, such as infections, anemia, leukemia or tumors in smears of blood, bone marrow or other body fluids
Close guidance and small class sizes are key components of our laboratory science curriculum
Students performs gel card testing to determine the presence of red blood cell antibodies in patient samples which may adversely affect transfusion
Students learn quality processes by developing the knowledge to run, maintain and troubleshoot a variety of automated analyzers
The Clinical Laboratory Science program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards published and monitored by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Ste. 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
While in clinical rotations, students will further develop their ability to assess patient samples for appropriateness; culture and identify microorganisms from different sources including the ability to differentiate normal flora from a pathogenic organism in Microbiology; perform cell differentials to identify anemias, leukemias and other blood dyscrasias and determine blood clotting disorders in Hematology and Coagulation; determine blood types and identify compatible units for blood and blood component transfusion in Immunohematology; and analyze a variety of chemical constituents of blood and body fluids in Chemistry.
Approximately 70% of all physician decisions are based on laboratory test results produced by laboratory professionals. Our graduates join thousands of laboratorians around the United States, becoming integral members of the healthcare team.
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* The NAACLS certification exam benchmark standard for accredited programs is three years of consecutive results demonstrating an average of at least a 75% pass rate on the ASCP-BOC examinations, for students within the first year of graduation as calculated from the most recent three-year period. ().