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.
Clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists analyze human blood and other body fluids using a variety of methods and precision 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.
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.
A CLS education provides an excellent preparation for medical and graduate schools and also prepares one for employment opportunities outside the hospital setting. Diverse job opprotunities include employment in public health, research, forensic, industrial, and veterinary laboratories; pharmaceutical companies; fertility centers; laboratory computer specialization; education; and laboratory consulting.
Knowledge, accuracy, and problem-solving skills are required and depend on a firm foundation in biology, chemistry, and math 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.
Completion of the program leads to eligibility for certification by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathology and/or the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel.
The UIS clinical laboratory science department 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.