What They Do
Clinical laboratory scientists may work in clinical laboratories within hospitals, in clinics, private laboratories, governmental health agencies and pharmaceutical/medical companies. They perform laboratory tests that assist in detecting, diagnosing and treating many diseases. Using a variety of methods, they perform tests and develop data on blood, tissue and body fluids in the areas of hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, serology/virology and urinalysis.
Duration of Training
After meeting the prerequisites, students apply for a full-time internship at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital CLS Program. The program runs for 47 weeks and is divided into two phases. Training hours are full-time days.
Phase I: Student Laboratory Phase/Didactic Instruction
The first seven months cover course work in the principles, theory, practices and pathophysiology of all aspects of clinical laboratory science. This extends from August through February.
Phase II: Clinical Instruction/Rotations
The second phase involves rotation through hospital clinical laboratories so that students can gain proficiency, competence and confidence with applying skills and knowledge in analytical practice. This phase starts in March and runs for 17 weeks.
Program Start Date
Mid-August (date varies from year to year)
Tuition*, textbook and service fees (approx. $700), scrubs and appropriate footwear.
*If degree-pending, pay full tuition to affiliated institution; if B.S. degreed, pay tuition, $3,000, to IU Health.
Students must provide for their own housing, transportation and living expenses.
Prerequisites and Interview Eligibility
The applicant must meet the academic prerequisites of this program and must complete pre-clinical baccalaureate degree requirements with an affiliated institution or possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to admission. Prerequisities must be completed with a minimum grade of C- in each class. The course requirements are:
- At least 16 semester hours of college-level biological sciences, including microbiology and immunology
- At least 16 semester hours of college-level chemistry, including organic chemistry or biochemistry
- One college math course, but not a remedial or survey course
- A minimum cumulative and science grade point average of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0
Program officials evaluate the submitted application materials and overall academic performance to determine interview eligibility. Transcripts are evaluated for not only required GPAs, but also the quality of coursework and number of retakes. Applicants who meet the minimum prerequisites seven or more years prior to application must update their coursework (after consultation with the Program Director). Students whose academic work was completed at colleges and universities outside of the United States or Canada must have the transcript(s) evaluated by ASCP. (See www.ascp.org for a list of acceptable agencies.)
All students admitted to the program will receive copies of the program's policies. They are available to applicants eligible for interview upon request.
Curriculum/Course Descriptions (and credit hours)
Clinical Chemistry (8)
Covers the basic principles of analytical chemistry in a broad area of investigation including Biochemistry, normal and abnormal physiology, laboratory procedures and instrumental analyses. Includes supervised clinical experience which provides practical applications.
- Clinical Hematology (7)
A study of the function, maturation and morphology of the formed elements of the blood and the coagulation mechanism, as well as the principles and procedures of analysis. Includes supervised clinical experience in hematology, coagulation and phlebotomy techniques.
- Clinical Immunohematology (4)
Covers the principles and procedures of analyses in Blood Banking. Includes supervised clinical experience in the techniques of the area to provide practical application of theory.
- Serology/Virology (2)
Covers the principles and procedures of analyses in Serology and Virology. Includes supervised clinical experience in the techniques required in these areas.
- Clinical Microbiology (8)
A study of the principles and procedures for the isolation and identification of medically important bacteria, parasites and fungi. Includes supervised clinical experience which provides practical application.
- Laboratory Topics: Education/Management/Research (2)
A study of the principles and techniques of clinical instruction, in-service and continuing education, as well as administration and supervision. Includes a study of scientific investigation as applied in methods evaluation, problem solving and research.
- Urinalysis (1)
Covers the principles and procedures of both chemical and microscopic analysis of urine.
The IU Health Methodist Hospital Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 773-714-8880.
The program was awarded continuing accreditation for seven years on October 31, 2008, for being in compliance with the Standards of Accredited Educational Programs for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist.
Program graduates are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC). Upon successful passing of the BOC, the laboratory professional will become certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)^CM.
- Adequate sight to perform macroscopic and microscopic procedures and discern color changes in test solutions.
- Adequate hearing to be able to communicate with patients and personnel, discern audible instrument alert signals and timing devices.
- Sufficient manual dexterity to perform procedures safely with accuracy and precision.
- Ability to use a computer (for instrument calibrations, data entry, etc.)
Note: A health assessment is required after acceptance into the program to confirm compliance with these standards. Additionally, students must meet current requirements as established by IU Health for immunizations, background checks and drug screening.
Graduate Outcome Measures
The graduates of the program from 2010-14 have a placement rate (employment position in the MLS field or pursuit of further education) of 100% within six months of graduation. Additionally, the above-mentioned graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Board of Certification.
Carla Clem, MS, MT(ASCP)SH
Program Director, Hematology Instructor
IU Health Methodist Hospital Clinical Laboratory Science Program
If interested in applying for the next class, please request an application packet be mailed to you (September through mid November). Include mailing address in your email correspondence.