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Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

Clinical Laboratory Science is designed for students who seek a Bachelor of Science degree, national certification and Florida licensure as a clinical laboratory scientist. The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Clinical Laboratory Science is designed for students with baccalaureate degrees in the chemical or biological sciences who seek licensure/certification in clinical laboratory science.  Your knowledge of the human body in health and disease is broadened in courses that include physiology, chemistry, human genetics, microbiology, transfusion medicine, immunology, hematology and molecular diagnostics. Clinical experiences at community laboratories are integrated within the curriculum and enhance your growth as professionals. Graduates of this  program have diverse skills for employment in a clinical or research setting. The CLS curriculum also serves as a solid preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, and graduate school.

The CLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880.

The following outcomes measure is published yearly:

The national board of certification, mean scaled score comparison, of first time examinees for 2012:  Program Score 479; National Score 499.

Graduates of the program will find career opportunities in a variety of settings:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Physician group practices
  • Regional reference laboratories
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Clinical management
  • Medical and pharmaceutical sales
  • Research
  • Laboratory computer information systems
  • Product development
  • Forensic medicine
  • Clinical education
  • Public health laboratories
  • Government
  • Veterinary laboratories
  • Laboratory consultant
  • Infection control

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