Although a student may declare a CLS major at any time, the formal CLS Program encompasses the last two years of study plus the summer between the two years. Normal time of entry into the major is the fall semester, junior year, however, midyear and part-time status is possible for the junior year. Since enrollment in the Program is limited, admission to UIS does not guarantee admission to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. In addition to completing the UIS application process, students interested in the CLS Program must also separately apply for the the CLS Program. The application is found at the bottom of this page. Students are encouraged to apply in December or January of their sophomore year so they are eligible for UIS scholarships with February deadlines.
Applicants must also forward a written statement of their academic and professional goals and the names and addresses of two college science instructors (preferably one biology and one chemistry) for use as references to the Clinical Laboratory Science Department chair. A personal interview may be required. Early decision selections are made on a competitive basis from applicants who complete the application process by February 1. GPA is the main consideration, however references and the goals statement are also considered. Qualified applicants who complete the application process after February 1 will be considered for any remaining spots on a first come, first served basis.
Four-year students are encouraged to meet with a CLS advisor before initial registration in order to prepare a plan to ensure that all requirements are met in the minimum amount of time.
The transfer option provides for the continuing education of students who have completed the first two years of lower-division work (preferably with the A.A. or A.S. degree).
Prerequisite courses required for admission to the CLS program include:
- 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours of lower-division courses including the UIS general education requirements, detailed in the admissions section of the catalog.
- 2 semesters of general chemistry
- 1 semester of organic chemistry (with lab if you want a chem minor)
- 2 semesters of biological sciences, may include one semester of anatomy and physiology
- 1 semester of statistics or calculus
- 1 semester of microbiology with lab
Recommended courses include genetics and a second semester of organic chemistry.
Students should consult with advisors for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. Upper division general education requirements, called “ECCE” courses, are all included in the CLS Program with the exception of Speaker Series, one credit hour which may be taken at any time.
Applicant should check the Essential Functions in the CLS Student Handbook to make sure they can perform all functions.