Overview of the Program
Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), the Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science track is a four-year undergraduate, professional program within the Division of Arts and Sciences that culminates in a Baccalaureate Degree in biology. Established at Neumann College in 1976, Clinical Laboratory Science is related to the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of disease. The major prepares students for career entry into the clinical laboratory profession and other settings. The BIO/CLS track has received full accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720; Rosemont, IL, 60018.
Overview of Profession
Clinical laboratory science is related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. It combines the challenges of medicine, the basic sciences of biology and chemistry, and the clinical sciences into a very satisfying professional career. The major clinical sciences are medical microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology and molecular diagnostics.
Clinical Laboratory Scientists function as detectives, investigating and determining the causes of diseases. They perform routine and complex analyses, utilizing the latest in biomedical instrumentation and molecular diagnostic techniques. Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform a variety of laboratory tests, ensure the quality of the test results, explain the significance of laboratory tests, evaluate new methods and study the effectiveness of laboratory tests. Examples of laboratory tests performed by Clinical Laboratory Scientists include:
the detection of the abnormal cells that cause leukemia
the analysis of cardiac enzyme activity released during a heart attack
the identification of the type of bacteria causing an infection
the detection of DNA markers for genetic diseases
The profession of Clinical Laboratory Science is dynamic, continually changing to reflect scientific and medical discoveries. Due to their educational background, graduates enjoy a wide range of career opportunities. A Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science opens a window of exciting career opportunities.
CLS graduates can be found working as:
Clinical laboratory generalists in hospitals, clinics or commercial laboratories.
Clinical laboratory specialists working in areas such as microbiology, hematology, blood bank, chemistry, molecular biology/DNA, histocompatiblity, virology, immunology/serology, stem cell/bone marrow labs and flow cytometry.
Clinical laboratory supervisors, managers, administrators and directors.
Quality assurance/quality management specialists in hospitals or industry (e.g. pharmaceutical quality operations).
Technical representatives, sales representatives or research and development specialists in laboratory industries.
Clinical Research Associates (CRA) in clinical trials organizations.
Research technologists or research supervisors/coordinators in academic medical centers.
Laboratory information systems specialists.
Infection control officers in hospitals or clinics.
Educators for employee training programs or formal academic programs.
Consultants for Physician Office Laboratories.
Forensic scientists in governmental or commercial laboratories.
Clinical laboratory scientists in veterinary laboratories.
The B.S. degree in Biology/Clinical Laboratory Science includes courses in basic sciences, liberal arts and clinical sciences, and off-campus clinical experiences in a variety of medical centers. The hands-on laboratory activities, experienced by students on campus and at the clinical affiliates, give students the competence needed to gain employment immediately upon graduation. Our graduates are eligible for the national certification examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification (ASCP BOC).
The Biology/CLS Track can also function as a Pre-medical curriculum, for those interested in medical school, and Physicians’ Assistance programs and can provide the necessary course pre-requisites for graduate study in molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, toxicology, forensic sciences, management, or medical technology education.
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