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
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. The criteria for admission 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 2.5 on a scale of 4.0
*Prerequisities must be completed with a minimum grade of C- in each class.
Summary, Course of Study
- Principles of human anatomy and physiology and how they relate to laboratory testing
- Intracellular and extracellular chemical reactions in the body
- Scientific inquiry and how it helps determine the veracity of lab results
- Various disease states and which laboratory tests help diagnose those conditions
- Technical procedures for obtaining accurate results for each type of test
- Principles of instrumentation and the various assay methods used
- Instrument maintenance
- Quality control methods
- Inventory control of test materials and how to test new lots
- Principles and practices of clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology and microbiology
- Laboratory management
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.
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).
- 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 2010-12 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.