Bachelor in Clinical Laboratory Science

General

Program Description

The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Mercy College consists of three years of general education, basic and advanced science courses, followed by a clinical year that combines professional internships at regional hospital clinical laboratories with didactic coursework.

The first three-year sequence of college-based courses prepares students for the clinical rotations, but also overlaps substantially with the requirements for a degree in biology. The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital-based clinical rotations.

The Clinical Internships will consist of a minimum of thirty-two hours per week for 24-30 weeks of laboratory instruction during the twelve-month clinical period.

Meet Michelle Naylor, Program Director, Clinical Lab Science

Accreditation to the Mercy College CLSC Program

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) has awarded initial accreditation to the Mercy College Clinical Laboratory Science program on April 26, 2018.

We are very proud and excited to be the 1st College in Westchester County to receive full accreditation for our Clinical Laboratory Science Program. This prestigious distinction recognizes the high quality of our Clinical Laboratory Science Program and its faculty.

Clinical Laboratory Science Fast Facts

  • Small class size and flexible scheduling
  • Full-time program in the clinical year
  • Abundant graduate school opportunities

Clinical Laboratory Science B.S. Curriculum

Students who choose the major concentration in Clinical Laboratory Science must complete:*

General Education Science and Mathematics Courses
  • BIOL 160 General Biology I Lecture**
  • BIOL 160A General Biology I Laboratory
  • BIOL 161 General Biology II Lecture**
  • BIOL 161A General Biology II Laboratory
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I Lecture**
  • CHEM 160A General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry II Lecture**
  • CHEM 161A General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MATH 122 Statistics**
  • CISC 120 Introduction to Computers/Application Software**
Natural Science Courses
  • CHEM 260 Organic Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 260A Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM 261A Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 354 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 131 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture
  • BIOL 131A Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory
  • BIOL 265 Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 265A Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 310 Immunology
  • BIOL 355 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Clinical Laboratory Science Major Concentration
  • CLSC 402 Laboratory Operations
  • CLSC 406 Urinalysis I
  • CLSC 407 Urinalysis II
  • CLSC 410 Hematology I
  • CLSC 410 A Hematology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 411 Hematology II (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 412 Hematology III (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 415 Diagnostic Microbiology I
  • CLSC 415 A Diagnostic Microbiology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 416 Diagnostic Microbiology II
  • CLSC 417 Diagnostic Microbiology III
  • CLSC 420 Clinical Chemistry I
  • CLSC 420 A Clinical Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CLSC 421 Clinical Chemistry II
  • CLSC 422 Clinical Chemistry III (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 426 Coagulation (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 430 Immunohematology I
  • CLSC 430 A Immunohematology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 431 Immunohematology II (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 435 Clinical Immunology (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 440 Professional Practice in CLS (cc)

* Students must complete MATH 116 as part of their General Education Requirements.

** These courses fulfill 21 credits of the General Education requirements. To complete major concentration, corequisite lab courses must be taken.

There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of clinical laboratory science that must be completed with courses numbered CLSC 402 and above. CHEM 354 may also be used to meet this requirement.

Students enrolling in natural science and Clinical Laboratory Science courses must earn at least a letter grade of C in all prerequisite courses. It is recommended that students be at the level of English 111 when enrolling in all-natural science courses. Students in the clinical laboratory science major may not repeat a course more than once.

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Clinical Laboratory Science Program Structure

The first three-year sequence of college-based courses prepares students for the clinical rotations, but also overlaps substantially with the requirements for a degree in biology. The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital-based clinical rotations.

The Clinical Internships will consist of a minimum of thirty-two hours per week for 24 - 30 weeks of laboratory instruction during the twelve-month clinical period.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Synthesize and explain core concepts that demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the biological and chemical sciences in support of clinical laboratory science
  • Employ observational and motor functions skills needed to operate sophisticated laboratory equipment
  • Perform basic techniques currently used in the clinical laboratory
  • Conduct diagnostic laboratory analysis in accordance with established laboratory procedures without error of clinical significance
  • Analyze scientific and clinical data through qualitative and quantitative means
  • Evaluate and interpret experimental data in order to troubleshoot an experiment, make a prediction, or construct a model. Students will be able to propose a change in the experimental design that solves a problem or state how the data supports their model
  • Use critical thinking skills to interpret the results of clinical tests, analyze problem situations, implement, and evaluate solutions
  • Exhibit basic professional skills in written and oral communication
  • Exhibit professional behavior while working collaboratively with other health care professionals
  • Exhibit knowledge of the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Code of Ethics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory regulations and safety guidelines

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities for graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor's degree are:

  • Hospital-based and private diagnostic clinical laboratory scientists*
  • Biotechnology
  • Laboratory research technicians (academia, industry, or government)
  • Pharmaceutical research (Research and Development)
  • Veterinary research
  • Education
  • Pharmaceutical marketing, sales, and quality assurance

*Because there is currently a shortage of trained medical clinical laboratory scientists available to staff clinical diagnostic laboratories, the employment opportunities in this field are excellent.

Continuing career development is supported by the following professional organizations:

  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Clinical laboratory scientists who obtain a master's degree in an area of expertise (e.g. microbiology) or in management or health administration may advance to positions in clinical laboratory administration.

Students can also choose to pursue an advanced practice degree, a Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Last updated Dec 2019

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