Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

Clinical Science Option

Bachelors of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Clinical Science Option

By integrating their clinical and non-clinical experiences, graduates of the Clinical Science option are prepared for graduate studies and/or for industrial or government employment as research scientists, technical sales and service representatives, product development personnel, instrument designers and other related fields associated with medical diagnostics. These students pursue a core of courses similar to students electing the medical laboratory science option, but substitute additional didactic, laboratory and/or experiential opportunities. While this option is not structured to prepare graduates for certification as medical laboratory scientists, it does provide them with an opportunity to specialize in subject areas related to clinical laboratory science.


The curriculum of the Clinical Science option prepares students with life long career skills in the biomedical sciences. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers as biomedical and biotechnical research scientists, clinical trial coordinators, pharmaceutical and forensic scientists as well as positions in the growing biomedical device industry.

Students take a core of laboratory science courses in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Microbiology and laboratory specialization electives. Through Directed Study and Senior Research courses, students work with department faculty to gain skills in both library and clinical laboratory research. 

Students will develop skills and knowledge required for success in advanced degree programs, including critical and independent thinking, research design, normal and pathophysiology, analytical method evaluation and scientific literature assessment.

In-depth experience with laboratory instrumentation is provided. Students can elect to be involved in research projects at various clinical institutions affiliated with the department. Many students have presented their research results at state, regional and national science meetings and have been co-authors of papers published in respected science journals. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the biomedical laboratory. Qualified students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take graduate courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree.

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