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Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS), or medical laboratory science, provides exciting opportunities for individuals with an interest in science who wish to pursue a career in a medical laboratory science or other health/medical profession or laboratory-related field. CLS is also useful as a Pre-Professional (M.D., D.V.M., PT, PA, etc.) major.

As a vital member of the health care team, the clinical laboratory scientist works closely with pathologists and other physicians to uncover clues to health and disease.

Careers in Clinical Laboratory Science require individuals with certain common characteristics. Among these are:

  • A strong desire to help others,
  • The curiosity in and ability to solve problems,
  • The drive to pursue challenges and responsibility,
  • Strong interest and ability in clinical laboratory procedures, and
  • A high degree of commitment to their profession.

Program Goals:

  • Prepare students for entry-level employment as medical laboratory scientists
  • Prepare students with a solid science foundation and medical and laboratory knowledge to position them to deal with changes in the profession or changes in their career.
  • Provide graduates for the Illinois health care workforce.

The CLS department at UIS offers the Bachelor of Science degree to students interested in medical careers, laboratory careers, and science careers. Please explore this website for more information about CLS and what our program has to offer.  The CLS Mission Statement can be found in the CLS Student Handbook.

Program Outcomes (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014):

  • 100% job placement for the past 3 years for those graduates seeking employment in the medical laboratory profession or further education (2 unknown)
  • 91% pass rate on the ASCP Board of Certification examination for Medical Laboratory Science for the past 3 years
  • 91% graduation rate for the past 3 years (number who graduated in CLS who started the last half of the CLS Program)
  • 15% attrition for the past 3 years (dropped out or changed majors due to academic or personal reasons)

The 2-year CLS Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, Phone 773-714-8880.

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Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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