The CLS Major

A B.S. degree in clinical laboratory science provides exciting opportunities for individuals with an interest in science who wish to pursue a career in a health/medical profession or other laboratory-related field.

Medical laboratory scientists/medical technologists analyze human blood and other body fluids using a variety of methods and sophisticated biomedical instruments. The results of these analyses are used to determine the presence or absence of disease, help determine appropriate treatment, monitor therapy, and assess health. Medical laboratory science encompasses such disciplines as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology (blood banking & transfusion services), microbiology, immunology, and molecular diagnostics. In addition to performance and interpretation of laboratory procedures, clinical laboratory scientists may be involved in the selection of lab methods or analyzers, as well as training, supervision, and consultation with other health care professionals.

Medical laboratory scientists are proficient at problem-solving, integration, organization, and quality management.

A CLS education provides an excellent preparation for medical and graduate schools and also prepares graduates for employment opportunities outside the hospital setting. Recent graduates have gone on to medical school, law school, and programs in physical therapy, pathologists’ assistant, and public health. Diverse job opportunities include employment in research laboratories, forensic science laboratories, veterinary laboratories, fertility centers, and employment as laboratory computer specialists, educators, and laboratory consultants.

Completion of the program leads to eligibility for certification as a medical laboratory scientist by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology  or as a medical technologist by American Medical Technologists .

The UIS clinical laboratory science 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.