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If you're interested in health care, laboratory work, producing and using scientific data, analytical problem solving, then Clinical Laboratory Science may be the career for you.
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine offers a bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences through a partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center Clincal Laboratory Sciences program. The program provides patient-centered educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, endocrinology, biotechnology and research. Students can enroll in the program as the final year of a bachelor’s degree or as an additional year following receipt of a bachelor’s degree.
Students should apply to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program by October of their junior year.
To be eligible to apply, students should take the following courses during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years:
Students seeking entry into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program should take three or more years of prerequisite coursework at the University of Iowa or another college. Following application in fall of the junior year, accepted students start the clinical year in summer following the junior year. The clinical year consists of two components: (1) an 11 week summer didactic session, including lectures and instructional laboratories covering all major disciplines in the clinical laboratory, and (2) a series of rotations through the clinical laboratories at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both in Iowa City. During this time students will also complete coursework via web-based, streaming-video lectures from UNMC faculty, as well as participate in laboratory management activities and case study presentations. The program emphasizes laboratory principles and procedures, clinical significance and application, principles and practice of quality assurance, principles of laboratory management and supervision, safety, instructional methods, and computer applications.
Students complete the clinical year in May. If desired, they will receive academic credit and a bachelor of science degree in clinical laboratory sciences from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. All graduates receive a certificate of completion from the University of Nebraska Medical Center Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program. Graduates are eligible to take two national certification examinations - the American Society for Clinical Pathology medical technologist exam and the National Credentialling Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel clinical laboratory scientist exam.
The UNMC CLS program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, phone (773) 714-8880.
CLS graduates are well qualified to work in health care, research, or industry; in hospital or clinic laboratories, and in doctors' offices, private clinical laboratories, or the armed services.
CLS graduates can use their degrees as building blocks to careers that require MS, PhD, MD, DDS, MBA, or other advanced degrees.
These jobs are found in various settings including hospitals, research facilities, private industry, public health, pharmaceutical companies, and educational programs.
To receive additional information and specific course requirements contact:
Clincial Laboratory Sciences Program
Judith Kittleson, MLS(ASCP)
Department of Pathology
C660 General Hospital
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009
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