Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
What is Clinical Laboratory Science?
Clinical laboratory science is the study and practice of diagnostic laboratory medicine
and is one of the most dynamic professions in health care today. Clinical laboratory
scientists analyze body tissues, fluids, and other substances using complex instrumentation,
sophisticated techniques, and specialized knowledge. As key members of the patient
care process, clinical lab scientists provide 70% of the critical objective information
treatment, and preventative health care.
About the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
The TTUHSC Bachelor of Science Clinical Laboratory Science is a fully accredited, 2+2 degree program that trains you in clinical laboratory skills and techniques, with the option of choosing from three areas of special focus:
- The Standard Option prepares you for a career primarily in a clinical setting such
hospital, physician's office, laboratory, or a reference laboratory.
- The Pre-Med Option prepares you for pursuing graduate education in medical school, osteopathic school, veterinary school, or research graduate programs.
- The Pre-Physician Assistant Option prepares you to pursue graduate education in physician assistant studies.
In our training lab facility, you will develop advanced clinical laboratory skills using some of the most complex, state-of-the-art instruments available.
For students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, online options for a second degree and a certificate program in clinical laboratory science are also available.
The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
"I graduated from the CLS program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
in 2018. I was not a traditional but one who started this journey in my mid-thirties.
I was a medical laboratory technician in the military and wanted to continue in this
field after serving in the military. Before joining the CLS program at TTUHSC, it
had been ten years since I was last in a laboratory. The CLS program at TTUHSC not
only gave me the needed education but also laboratory experience and confidence to
be the best clinical laboratory scientist I could be. I had a lot of late nights studying
and early mornings, but with the support of my family and the professors, I have been
able to accomplish my goal of working in the clinical laboratory."
Clinical Laboratory Science, Traditional
Medical Laboratory Scientist Certification
To work in a clinical laboratory, you must be certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Medical Laboratory Scientist national certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.
- For the past three years, TTUHSC students in the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science program had a graduation rate of 93%
- For the past three years, our students had a MLS (ASCP) certification pass rate of 91%.
- For the past three years, 96% of our graduates found employment in the field or a closely related field within one year of graduation.
Careers in Clinical Laboratory Science
Clinical laboratory scientists (CLS), also called medical laboratory scientists (MLS) or medical technologists (MT), work primarily in hospitals, physician's offices, and reference laboratories. As a clinical lab scientist, you will perform many routine and complex tests that help the physician diagnose and treat a patient. As a clinical laboratory professional, you don’t have much contact with patients; instead, you will work closely with physicians, researchers and other health care professionals in disease investigation, consultation, and interpretation of laboratory results.
Clinical laboratory scientists may work in:
- Medical and diagnostic laboratories.
- Research facilities.
- Physician offices.
If you like science, particularly lab work, and you want to be a crucial member of the health care team, the clinical laboratory profession may be for you. We welcome you to come and visit our facility and learn first-hand about the type of work performed in a clinical laboratory.
- As a result of changes in population demographics and the increasing need to use laboratory techniques to diagnose medical conditions like cancer and type 2 diabetes, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that jobs for clinical laboratory scientists will increase by about 13% through 2026, faster than average for all professions.
- The BLS notes that laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor's degree.
- For more information about a career as a clinical laboratory scientist visit the ASCP website.
The Clinical Laboratory Science Curriculum
The curriculum of the TTUHSC Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science program consists of 131-132 hours of academic education. Classes include:
- Clinical Bacteriology.
- Molecular Diagnostics.
- Clinical Chemistry.
- Laboratory Management.
Successful completion of the program culminates in the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree.