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B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science prepares graduates to work as laboratory professionals.

Through the use of precision instrumentation, clinical laboratory scientists (also known as medical laboratory scientists and medical technologists), analyze blood, tissue, cells, and other body fluids to provide data critical to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They work closely with pathologists, other physicians, and other laboratory professionals who specialize in clinical chemistry, microbiology, and other biological sciences.

The Curriculum

This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study.

  • Phase one includes 88 credits of coursework in the preclinical sciences such as chemistry, biology, physics, and math, plus the Liberal Studies requirements completed at the IUP main campus. All requirements in phase one must be completed before progressing to an affiliating school of clinical laboratory science.
  • Phase two includes 32 credits in the 12-month clinical year, during which students attend classes and clinical rotations at one of the many affiliating schools of clinical laboratory science located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. The affiliate programs are fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
  • Students are encouraged to earn at least a 2.5 grade point average in math and science courses in order to be competitive for admission to an affiliating school. IUP does not guarantee admission to the clinical program.

A Typical Plan of Study:

Freshman Year

Fall
Course Name Credits
BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 College Writing 3
Fine Arts Requirement 3
Total Credits 14
Spring
Course Name Credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
HIST 196/197/198 3
Dimensions of Wellness 3
BIOL 150 Human Anatomy 3
Total Credits 13

Sophomore Year

Fall
Course Name Credits
PHYS 111 Physics I Lecture 3
PHYS 121 Physics I Lab 1
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 4
BIOL 250 Principles of Microbiology* 3
ENGL 202 Composition II 3
Total Credits 14

*Students need permission to register for BIOL 250 from the chairsperson of the Biology Department in 143 Weyandt.

Spring
Course Name Credits
PHYS 112 Physics II Lecture 3
PHYS 122 Physics II Lab 1
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 4
Free Elective 3
Social Science Elective† 3
Total Credits 13

Students begin the clinical application process the second semester of their sophomore year.

Junior Year

Fall
Course Name Credits
CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry 4
BIOL 151 Human Physiology 4
MATH 217 Probability and Statistics 3
Social Science Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Credits 17
Spring
Course Name Credits
BIOL 364 Immunology† 3
CHEM 351 Biochemistry 4
Social Science Elective 3
Philosophy/ Religious Studies Requirement 3
ENGL 121 Humanities Literature 3
Total Credits 16

†BIOL 364 Immunology is currently offered every other Spring semester (i.e. Spring 2011, 2013). Students may need to register for BIOL 364 in their sophomore year with special permission from the chairperson of the Biology Department.

Senior Year

Fall
Course Name Credits
MEDT 495 Clinical Chemistry 10
MEDT 497 Clinicial Immunohematology 4
MEDT 499 Clinical Seminar 2
Total Credits 16
Spring
Course Name Credits
MEDT 494 Clinicial Microbiology 8
MEDT 496 Clinicial Hematology/Coagulation 6
MEDT 498 Clinical Immunology/Serology 2
Total Credits 16

MEDT courses are taught off campus for one calendar year at an affiliate School of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science.

Non-western culture course: one required; may be fulfilled with a Social Science or Liberal Studies elective.
Synthesis course: not required
Writing Intensive Course: one course required; may be fulfilled with certain sections of courses that fulfill some graduation requirement categories.

  • BIOL 263 Genetics: highly recommended and may also fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

Students may be eligible to earn minors in both biology and chemistry.

Graduates of the clinical laboratory science program are:

  • Eligible to apply to take a certification examination offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and are recognized as professional technologists by the designation of MLS(ASCP) after their names.
  • Prepared for graduate degrees in chemistry, biology, medicine, pathology, administration, and other areas

Career Information

There is a critical shortage of clinical laboratory scientists, and the need is projected to intensify over the next several years. Graduates are aggressively recruited and enjoy 100 percent placement rate. Clinical laboratory scientists are most often employed in hospital laboratories, but may also find positions in laboratories located in pharmaceutical companies, the cosmetic and food industry, and also in crime labs. Median annual earnings of clinical laboratory scientists were $56,130 in 2010.

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