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Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

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The Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Clinical Laboratory Science contains course work related to the clinical application of biomedical sciences. This Program provides students with the course work necessary to pursue a career in laboratory based research and diagnostics as an entry level research assistant or continue into graduate programs such as in Healthcare Management. The program contains necessary prerequisites to make application to the Laboratory Field Services Branch of the California Department of Health for a trainee license. After successful completion of a 52 week CLS training program at a California approved training facility, the student can apply for the licensing examination for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

Students will be responsible for to find their own post-baccalaureate 52 week Clinical Laboratory Scientist training program that suits their needs and location.

The program contains necessary prerequisites to make application to the Laboratory Field Services Branch of the California Department of Health for a trainee license. Areas of program study are Biochemistry, Virology, Immunology, Laboratory Management, Microbiology, and Hematology, Quantitative analysis, and Analytical Chemistry. After successful completion of a 52 week CLS training program at a California approved training facility, the student can apply for the licensing examination for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Some graduates may choose to find employment in the clinical diagnostics/medical device industry, or pursue advanced degrees such as in Healthcare Management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assess clinical laboratory practice and procedure by applying the knowledge of technical skills and theory obtained.
  • Identify problems in the clinical laboratory and establish a course of action to correct them.
  • Distinguish among laboratory methods which use advanced analytical, immunological, microbiological, hematological, and molecular techniques.
  • Evaluate laboratory procedure theory, methodology and results.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in Clinical Laboratory situations.
  • Conduct research using primary literature sources.
  • Produce written work of the standards required by employers in the industry or post graduate programs.

Requirements

To receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Clinical Laboratory Science, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University. Upper-division level must consist of 76.5 quarter units and general education must be a minimum of 70.5 quarter units. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.
Preparation for the Major; (10 courses; 39 quarter units)
Core Requirements (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Students must complete a minimum of 31.5 quarter units of upper division electives to fulfill the upper-division unit requirements for the B.S. with a Major in Clinical Laboratory Science. The following courses are strongly recommended: