Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

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The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides students with diverse laboratory skills and prepares them for employment in a clinical or research setting. The program is designed to increase knowledge of the human body in health and disease with courses that include biochemistry, virology, immunology, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, hematology, quantitative analysis and molecular diagnostics. Graduates with a degree in clinical laboratory sciences may choose to find employment in areas such as clinical diagnostics, clinical research, medical device industry, or pursue advanced degrees in healthcare related fields of study.

This degree is also designed for students interested in becoming a licensed clinical laboratory scientist in the state of California. Students with this interest should review the requirements to obtain a trainee license from the Laboratory Field Services Branch of the California Department of Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/CLS-Trainee.aspx.

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. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
Preparation for the Major; (10 courses; 39 quarter units)
* May be used to meet General Education requirements.
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: