Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Degree:Bachelor of Science B.S.
Major:Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Specialization:MLT to MLS
Department:Medical Laboratory Sciences
Building 58, Room 79
850-474-2882
http://uwf.edu/mls
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.1005
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 128

The B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (formerly Medical Technology) is a degree accredited by:
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone (773) 714-8880 or at http://www.naacls.org/

Building upon a foundation of biology and chemistry courses, the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program prepares students to enter the CLS profession through advanced hands-on training in the clinical laboratory sciences.

Upon completion of the program and the achievement of certification and license, clinical laboratory scientists are employed in a variety of health-care settings as laboratory technologists, progressing to supervisory and management positions. A majority of students graduating with this degree work in clinical laboratories. Others work in research labs, reference labs, public-health labs, blood banks, crime labs, physicians’ office labs, and so on.

Program Requirements

Upon completion of the prerequisite courses listed below and other graduation requirements, the student is eligible to apply for selection into the clinical year. It should be noted that admission into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program’s clinical year (19 months) is on a competitive basis, is limited to 40 students per class. The clinical year begins in spring or summer semester of the student’s junior year. Note that meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission into the program. Students who completed the prerequisite course work at another university may apply and be admitted to UWF-based clinical training, provided they meet the selection criteria given above. The selection into the clinical year is based on the following:

  • Completion of all the prerequisite course work
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the completed course work
  • Personal interview with the selection committee
  • Recommendation letters

The accelerated nature of this program makes it desirable that students entering UWF as juniors have completed the prerequisites or equivalents listed below. Students with deficiencies may need two years to complete the lower division and junior-year prerequisites in order to be eligible for selection into the clinical year.

Students who are selected for clinical training will spend summer and fall semesters at UWF’s main campus, followed by seven months of advanced clinical laboratory training at one of the affiliate hospitals. Students should contact the department for information about finishing the required clinical training after completing the B.S. degree and for a list of affiliated clinical training sites.

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences must meet the requirements listed below. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each major course (clinical courses with a MLS prefix).