Knowledge, accuracy, and problem-solving skills are required for CLS students.
These attributes depend on a firm foundation in math, chemistry, and biological sciences, followed by education in the clinical areas of hematology, chemistry, immunohematology (blood banking), microbiology, and immunology.
In addition, familiarity with the use of computers and good organizational skills are required.
Students complete clinical experiences at the following hospitals and possibly other hospitals and clinics:
- Memorial Medical Center in Springfield
- UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center in Peoria
- Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur
- University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center
- Mason District Hospital in Havana, IL
- OSF St. Anthony Health Center in Alton, IL
- Central Illinois Community Blood Center in Springfield
- Springfield Clinic in Springfield
Applicants need to consider transportation to and temporary housing for clinical rotation sites at least 60 minutes from Springfield.
In the unlikely event that there are more students than clinical rotation spots, the students with the best GPAs in courses in the CLS program will get clinical rotations first.