Clinical Laboratory Sciences

“I’ve attended two grad schools, completed post-doc research, and taught grad and undergrad students at different universities – I can honestly say that EMU is the best school I have been a part of.

EMU provided me with a nurturing, safe and God-centered environment which, as I look back, was the reason I was able to be successful."

—Kevin Foley ’96, a doctorate-holding pharmacologist who co-directs a medical lab program at the Mayo Clinic

Individuals who want to team with other health care workers in a challenging health field should consider clinical laboratory sciences.

The focus of a clinical laboratory scientist or technologist is to assist physicians and other health care professionals by providing the diagnostic information that is needed for patient treatment. Tests, carried out by a clinical laboratory technologist, help identify diseases, clinical conditions, and pathologies so that appropriate health care treatment can be prescribed by the physician.

Current job openings for clinical laboratory scientists exceed the number of qualified applicants, resulting in a critical job shortage. In coming years, job opportunities in the field of clinical laboratory science will expand faster than the average as the need for health care workers further increases.

In recent years, median salaries for clinical laboratory scientists are $50,000 per year.

EMU offers two opportunities to students majoring in clinical laboratory science:

3+1 Program: Clinical Lab Sciences Major
(three years on EMUs campus with the 4th year as clinical rotations)

The 3+1 program requires three years of studies at EMU where the student spends three years completing science and general education requirements and spends the fourth year in clinical studies at an approved hospital program. After completing the fourth year, the student may graduate from EMU with a B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Students in this program will be expected to complete all of EMU’s general education requirements within the first three years, prior to entering the clinical rotation year.

Science Course Requirements during the first three years:

BIOL 171 Concepts in Biology 4 SH
BIOL 201 Microbiology 4 SH
BIOL 222 Molecules to Cells 4 SH
BIOL 281 Animal Form and Function 4 SH
*BIOL 332 Immunology 3 SH

CHEM 221 General Chemistry I 4 SH
CHEM 232 General Chemistry II 4 SH
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I 4 SH
*CHEM 331 Analytical Chemistry 4 SH
MATH 242 Statistics for the Nat Sci 3 SH

Highly Recommended Additional Science Courses

BIOCH 391 Advanced Cell Biology 3 SH
BIOCH 432 Molecular Genetics 3 SH
BIOL 442 Mammalian Physiology 4 SH
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry II 4 SH
PHYS 251 University Physics I 4 SH

*Alternate Year course

4+1 Program: Double Major
(4 years for science major; 5th year clinical rotations)

The 4+1 program requires the student to complete first a science major at EMU (typically biology, biochemistry, or chemistry) and then enter the clinical year at an approved hospital. This student may carry a double major (e.g. biochemistry and clinical laboratory science) and then elect to delay graduation until after completing the fifth year of clinical studies.

In this program students will complete a major in Biology or Biochemistry at EMU including the above required courses and then take a fifth year for the clinical phase of this program. Upon graduation students will earn a double major, e.g. biology & clinical laboratory sciences.

Programs with articulated agreements

EMU has articulation agreements with hospitals who provide the clinical component of clinical laboratory sciences leading to a bachelor’s degree:

For EMU students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, we also have an articulated agreement with the Medical College of Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (linked below) regarding admissions to their Master of Science program in clinical laboratory sciences.

Guaranteed admission into this program is also contingent upon a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 and a science GPA of 3.0 in addition to the bachelor’s degree. (International students are also required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 570.)

Bachelor degree programs:

Augusta Health
School of Clinical Laboratory Science, Fishersville, VA
Julie Plumbley, M.D., medical director
Ellie Coggins, MLS, MSHA, program director
http://www.augustahealth.com/cls

Rockingham Memorial Hospital
School of Medical Technology, Harrisonburg, VA
Warren D. Bannister, M.D., medical director
Susan Lawton, M.T. (ASCP), program director
http://www.rmhonline.com

Master of science degree program:

Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Richmond, VA

Teresa Nadder, PhD CLS, MT
Chairman and Associate Professor
www.sahp.vcu.edu/cls/

Clinical laboratory science information

For more general information on clinical laboratory sciences, examine the following web sites:

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
www.ascls.org/

Job statistics for clinical laboratory science workers from the US Department of Labor website:
www.bls.gov/oco/ocos096.htm

Information on Graduate School Programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
www.gradschools.com/programs/clinical_lab_science.html