The clinical laboratory science or CLS (also known as medical technology) program in the School of Health Sciences relies heavily on the natural sciences to provide a bachelor’s degree that is appropriate for students interested in dynamic careers in places such as hospital labs and clinics, forensic labs, veterinary clinics, industrial research labs, and biotechnology labs. The curriculum is heavily science based drawing upon the expertise from faculty members in chemistry, biology, physics, and health sciences to provide the necessary foundation for a CLS student.
A degree in clinical laboratory science (CLS) provides pathways to a wide variety of career opportunities and the demand for clinical laboratory science graduates is very positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites, "Employment of medical laboratory scientists is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests." The field of clinical laboratory science has evolved, and with the appearance of sophisticated automated analytical instruments, the clinical laboratory scientist finds him or herself using critical thinking skills to evaluate the validity of data to be used by health care providers in treating patients.
Graduates from the clinical laboratory science program must successfully complete a national certification examination that grants them the credentials of a medical laboratory scientist (formerly medical technologist) to work as a credentialed CLS practitioner. The CLS degree can also be used as a gateway to graduate or professional schools and is an excellent major for students who plan to apply to UE's physician assistant program.