Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The clinical laboratory science major, although offering the same strong biomedical background as the biomedical laboratory science major, is designed specifically for students aiming toward careers working in medical laboratories. In addition to the scientific foundation, the curriculum provides an introduction to managing medical laboratories and the skills needed to teach and orient staff.

Medical laboratory employers prefer to hire individuals holding national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). One way to earn this professional credential is to complete an accredited educational program that incorporates a hospital laboratory experience. The clinical laboratory science (CLS) major does that with 16 credits of courses earned in residence at affiliated laboratories in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana – total credits = 136. Availability of clinical slots is limited, so admission to the CLS major is competitive.

The CLS major has been continuously accredited since 1986 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)**. Completion of the CLS major qualifies students for the Medical Laboratory Scientist examination of the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Upon passing the examination, certificants use the designation MLS(ASCP) after their name. In the calendar years 2014, 2015 and 2016; 57 of 64 students taking the certification examination passed within a year of their graduation (pass rate = 89%). In that same time frame, the national pass rate for first time examinees graduating from NAACLS-accredited university programs was 81.54%.

The CLS program has a strong graduation rate of 100% over the last 3 years of admitted students. Those that graduate have also found professional success, with 100% of students in the last 3 years attaining employment (in the clinical laboratory or in a closely related field) and/or continuing their education within one year of graduation. 

For more information about the full curriculum and the admission process, visit the Academic Programs guide. Click here for a sample course plan. Click here for a CLS major application form.

**National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
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