All students are encouraged to meet with the CLS Program Director or a CLS advisor before initial registration and periodically thereafter in order to plan their courses of study to ensure that all requirements are met in the minimum amount of time. There is no advance placement and no credits for experiential learning.

Students are advised to be familiar with the current CLS Student Handbook and ask a CLS advisor for help if they do not understand the CLS policies and procedures.

The transfer option provides for the continuing education of students who have completed the first two years (60 semester hours) of lower-division work (preferably with the A.A. or A.S. degree). The CLS program has two + two articulation agreements with several community colleges; however, transfer students from other two-year and four-year institutions are also encouraged to apply.  See the CLS Program Director regarding questions about transfer of credits.

Students should consult with college advisors for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. In CLS, the clinical rotation courses (CLS 421, CLS 422, CLS 423, CLS 424) fulfill the requirement for the ECCE Engagement Experience (six hours) and CLS 411 is a U.S. Communities course.

For best outcomes in the Program and on the national certification exam, part-time status is not recommended.  Because the CLS Program proceeds in cohorts, off-sequence students will need to reapply for the cohort with which they will do the full-time clinical rotation courses.

CLS Required Courses
CLS 321 Seminar in Clinical Laboratory Science 2
CLS 347 Medical Bacteriology 4
CLS 401 Clinical Chemistry I 2
CLS 402 Introduction to Hematology 2
CLS 403 Introduction to Immunohematology 2
CLS 404 Introduction to Hemostasis 1
CLS 405 Introduction to Urinalysis 2
CLS 411 ECCE: Health Care Management 3
CLS 421 ECCE: Clinical Chemistry Practicum 5
CLS 422 ECCE: Clinical Hematology Practicum 4
CLS 423 ECCE: Clinical Microbiology Practicum 4
CLS 424 ECCE: Clinical Immunohematology Practicum 3
CLS 431 Special Topics Practicum 1
CLS 447 Medical Mycology, Parasitology and Virology 4
CLS 448 Introduction to Immunology 3
CLS 449 Introductory Immunology Lab 1
CLS 451 Advanced Concepts in Immunohematology 2
CLS 452 Advanced Concepts in Hematology 2
CLS 454 Advanced Concepts in Clinical Chemistry 2
CLS 456 Clinical Correlations 2
CHE 322 Laboratory Techniques 1
CHE 433 Physiological Chemistry 4
CHE 418 Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
Total Hours 59

Grading Policy

Since the curriculum includes laboratory work done under professional supervision, the degree candidate not only must satisfy the customary expectations of academic work but also must meet the high-quality standards demanded of a professional medical/clinical laboratory scientist. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at UIS. Clinical Laboratory Science students are required to maintain a grade of C- or better in all required courses.