Prepares graduates to perform a variety of laboratory assays on human and other types of specimens in clinical, research, commercial (biotechnology, pharmaceutical, etc.) and forensic laboratories to provide diagnostic data and information necessary to support health care, ensure quality control, facilitate product development and solve problems. The major, with its various concentrations, incorporates didactic and clinical education throughout a four-year curriculum. Depending on the concentration chosen, there are options of gaining marketable skills after two years in the program through CLT certification.

Students will be eligible for national certification after completing concentrations in laboratory medicine, microbiology, diagnostic genetics, and anatomic pathology.

In order to be granted a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science, a student must maintain an NMU/cumulative grade point average of 2.60. Students must receive no less than a “C” in any CLS course. 

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Clinical Sciences, School of department page.

For related information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Total Credits Required 120
General Education
Core Courses Required for all Concentrations 38
CLS 100 Obtaining a Blood Specimen 1
CLS 109 Introduction to Diagnostic Sciences 1
CLS 190 Microscopy and Laboratory Techniques 1
CLS 200 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis 1
CLS 201 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation 3
CLS 203 Immunohematology 3
CLS 204 Clinical Microbiology 2
CLS 213 Clinical Immunology and Serology 1
CLS 313 Introduction to Clinical Research 1
CLS 410 Introduction to Clinical Management 1
CLS 420 Clinical Educational Practices 1
BI 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology or 4
     BI 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 cr.)
BI 111 Introductory Biology: Principles [SCII] 4
CH 111 General Chemistry I [SCII]* 5
CH 112 General Chemistry II* 5
DATA 109 Introduction to Statistics [QUAR]** 4
See CLS Concentrations under listing of majors for course requirements.
Choose one concentration from the following:
Anatomic Pathology Concentration 62-64
Clinical Systems Analyst Concentration 61
Diagnostic Genetics Concentration 60
Laboratory Medicine Concentration 63
Microbiology Concentration 62
Science Technologist Concentration 50-51

*Clinical Systems Analyst Concentration - any 8 credits of chemistry courses above 100.

**DATA 109 has a prerequisite of MA 100.

This major does not require a minor.