Marian University offers a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science

Do you enjoy biology and chemistry but don’t want to pick just one of the two for your major? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science at Marian University.

Why choose clinical laboratory science at Marian?

Our program blends concepts, theories, and coursework from the field of biology and the field of chemistry into one challenging, exciting course of study.

Upon completion of all requirements, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue professional certification as a medical laboratory scientist (MLS). You can choose from employment options in a range of healthcare, forensic, and scientific laboratory settings.

In addition to healthcare, clinical laboratory scientists can pursue careers in pharmaceutical research and development labs as well as food, cosmetic, and consumer-product testing labs and medical product sales and marketing.

Or, if earning a master’s or doctoral degree is your ultimate educational goal, our CLS curriculum will prepare you to apply for admission to graduate programs at top-ranked national research universities.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the employment outlook for CLS professionals is strong.

  • Employment is expected to grow by 16 percent through 2024, much faster than average compared to other occupations.
  • The median annual salary for clinical laboratory scientists was over $61,000, with about ten percent of the highest-paid professionals earning over $85,000, in 2016.

What will you study?

Marian University’s clinical laboratory science degree is offered in a 3 + 1 format.

  • For the first three years, you’ll complete a total of 96 credits in general education and basic science coursework.
  • During your last year, if accepted you’ll complete at least 32 credits of required courses in a 12-month internship.

Specific coursework you’ll complete:

  • 21 credits in biology, including BIO 203, 214 (or 340), 225, 226, and 345
  • 16 credits in chemistry, including CHE 151, 152 (or the equivalent), 305, and 306
  • Three (3) credits in mathematics, including MAT 140 (or higher)
  • 32 credits of required 400-level coursework in a 12-month internship.

Sample four-year plan (pdf)

Internship opportunities

During your last year in the program, if accepted you’ll complete a year-long internship at a facility accredited by the American Medical Association (AMA) and approved by Marian University.

  • Currently, we have affiliations with Franciscan Health and IU Health Methodist Hospital, both in Indianapolis.
  • Note that your acceptance into your preferred hospital internship position depends on many factors including GPA, letters of recommendation, and your interview performance.

When you complete all course and internship requirements, you will have the knowledge and intellectual foundation needed to successfully pursue MLS professional certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Board of Certification (BOC). 

What are my career paths?

Clinical laboratory scientists engage in a number of activities, such as:

  • Analyze body fluids like blood, urine, and tissue samples, recording normal or abnormal findings.
  • Study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, cell morphology or blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types.
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment including microscopes and cell counters.
  • Utilize automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously.
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into patient medical records.
  • Discuss results and findings from laboratory tests and procedures with physicians.
  • Supervise and train medical laboratory technicians.

As a certified clinical laboratory scientist, you can choose from a variety of specialty areas.

  • Blood bank technologists (also called immunohematology technologists) collect blood, classify it by type, and prepare blood and its components for transfusions.
  • Clinical chemistry technologists prepare specimens and analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids.
  • Cytotechnologists prepare slides of body cells and examine them under a microscope for abnormalities that may signal pre-cancerous or cancerous growth.
  • Immunology technologists examine elements of the human immune system and its response to foreign bodies.
  • Microbiology technologists examine and identify bacteria and other microorganisms.
  • Molecular biology technologists perform complex protein and nucleic acid tests on cell samples.

For admission information

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(317) 955-6300 or (800) 772-7264

For program specifics

Steve Dougherty
Assistant Professor of Biology
(317) 955-6017
Marian Hall, Room 255

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