Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree provides students with a quality education in the biomedical sciences and life long laboratory skills. Students take a core of laboratory science courses including Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunology and Medical Bacteriology.

The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the biomedical laboratory. Students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the Master’s degree.

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree offers two options:

Clinical Science option

Student pursuing the Clinical Science option obtain advanced coursework and independent research experiences under department faculty supervision. During Directed Study and Senior Research courses, emphasis is placed on the theories and techniques utilized in clinical laboratory research. Many students have presented their research results at state, regional, and national science meeting, and have been co-authors of papers published in respected science journals.

The Clinical Science Option allows students to select science specialization courses according to their interest. The choice of up to sixteen credits of free electives allows students planning to pursue specific graduate programs the ability to fulfill required prerequisites.

For more information see Clinical Science option.

Medical Laboratory Science option

 Medical Laboratory Science combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. The Medical Laboratory Science option is a science based program that will prepare students for entry-level laboratory positions and a future in a constantly growing area of health care. Students pursuing the Medical Laboratory Science option will acquire the clinical laboratory technical skills as well as the medical knowledge required to provide physicians and other health care professionals essential information about the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

The curriculum consists of classroom lectures and on-campus student laboratory experiences in each of the clinical laboratory disciplines. These sessions provide the foundation for subsequent hands-on clinical practice in off campus clinical laboratories of affiliated hospitals and reference laboratories.

After completing their degree, students are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, e-mail: info@naacls.org , and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website.

For more information see Medical Laboratory Science option.