Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science program consists of two years of pre-professional courses and two years of professional courses. The program fulfills the requirements for clinical laboratory science education of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Upon completion of this program, the student receives a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree and is eligible to take a national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Science.  Granting of the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree IS NOT contingent up the student's passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.

This program is accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: 773-714-8880  Fax: 773-714-8886  Email:

The work of the clinical laboratory scientist involves performing a vast array of laboratory tests to provide accurate diagnostic information to the physician and the health care team.  The clinical laboratory scientist operates sophisticated laboratory instrumentation, evaluates and utilizes the best possible testing methods, and effectively teaches and supervises students and laboratory personnel. While the majority of clinical laboratory scientists work in hospitals or other clinical laboratories, graduates are also prepared for positions in federal, state and local public health departments, in industrial or research laboratories and in clinical laboratory science education.

The Clinical Laboratory Science program utilizes the facilities of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the faculty of the Department of Applied Health Sciences, and the laboratories and pathology departments of clinical affiliates. This program includes clinical experiential coursework for all students who meet or exceed grade requirements.

Pre-professional Program

The first two years (pre-professional program) are taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the admission requirements of which are satisfied by general admission to the University. Students should consult with an Academic Services Officer in the Office of Student Affairs at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences regarding course selection. Students are urged to seek additional career advisement from the Clinical Laboratory Science program faculty early in the pre-professional program.

Recommended High School Preparation: Students interested in a career in clinical laboratory science should take as many of the following courses as possible: biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, keyboarding, speech, and composition.

Professional Program


Admission to the professional program requires completion of the pre-professional course requirements and satisfaction of specific admission requirements listed below. The application deadline for matriculation into the professional program is April 1 of each year for the subsequent Fall semester.

Since applicants who are admitted will eventually be working as members of a health care team, the admissions committee evaluates candidates based on their personal qualities as well as their academic achievement. Therefore, throughout the interview and the completion of other application requirements,  criteria such as an applicant's maturity, motivation, knowledge of the profession, interpersonal skills, personal integrity, and empathy for others are evaluated.

Admission Requirements: The student wishing to apply to the professional program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point averages by the end of the second semester of the year preceding admission to the professional program of
    1. overall grade point average of 2.7 or above in pre-professional courses
    2. grade point average of 2.7 or above in all science and mathematics prerequisite courses
    3. no grade lower than 'C' in any pre-requisite course.
  2. No more than two repeats or withdrawals (marks of ‘W’ or ‘WF’) in science courses preferred. (If all courses are withdrawn in a single semester, it counts as one ‘W.’)
  3. Completion of all pre-professional courses (or their equivalents) by the end of the Spring/Summer semester prior to beginning the professional program. 
  4. Completion of the professional program application form and associated requirements and submission of official transcripts to:

    Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Office of Student Affairs
    259 Mack Avenue, Suite 1600
    Detroit, MI 48201

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline for applications is April 1. Prospective students are urged to submit applications as early as possible. Specific directions for submitting application materials are indicated on the website.

APPLICATION REVIEW: All applications will be reviewed for completeness. The Admissions Committee will interview qualified applicants with completed applications submitted by the deadline date. A number of criteria will be evaluated, including academic achievement and personal qualities. Upon completion of all admission interviews, applicants will be notified of the final admission decision. This typically occurs in June of each year.

All requests for additional information should be addressed to the Department of Applied Health Sciences, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Preprofessional Curriculum

Preprofessional science courses must be completed within the six years just prior to admission to a professional program. Exceptions to this policy may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the program faculty. Documentation of competency must be provided by the applicant requesting the exception. 

These courses are taken under direction of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pre-professional Courses
BIO 1510Basic Life Mechanisms4
BIO 2200Introductory Microbiology5
BIO 2870Anatomy and Physiology5
CHM 1220General Chemistry I4
CHM 1230General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 1250Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 2220Organic Chemistry II (recommended)3
or CHM 2280 General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry
CHM 2230Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1-2
or CHM 2290 General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CLS 2080Clinical Laboratory Science Seminar 1
or CLS 2990 Pre-professional Directed Study
CLS 3330Medical Terminology1
COM 1010Oral Communication: Basic Speech3
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing3
ENG 3010Intermediate Writing (or any Intermediate Composition (IC) course)3
MAT 1800Elementary Functions4
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
University General Education Requirements:
Cultural Inquiry (CI)3
Social Inquiry (SI)3
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)3
Global Learning Inquiry (GL)3
Civic Literacy (CIV)3
Wayne Experience (WE)1
Total Credits62-63

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree must complete 120-134 credits in course work, including sufficient credits to fulfill the University General Education Requirements not satisfied by either required courses or the student’s choice of electives in the pre-professional program. The distribution of the total credits for the degree will be between the pre-professional program and the following professional program.

CLS Professional Curriculum

Science courses in this program are taken under the direction of the faculty of Clinical Laboratory Science in cooperation with the faculty of the Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences and the staff of affiliated clinical institutions.

Third and Fourth Years

CLS 3020Hematology Lecture and Laboratory4
CLS 3040Immunohematology Lecture and Laboratory4
CLS 3080Instrumentation Lecture and Laboratory4
CLS 3090Introduction to Professional Practice1
CLS 3100Basic Techniques: Microscopy3
CLS 3280Clinical Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory4
CLS 4040Laboratory Operations3
CLS 4210Hemostasis Lecture and Laboratory2
CLS 4230Hematology II3
CLS 4990Professional Directed Study (if needed)1
CLS 5070Clinical Pathology Correlation2
CLS 5500Immunology and Serology3
CLS 5510Diagnostic Microbiology I4
CLS 5520Diagnostic Microbiology II4
CLS 5530Clinical Laboratory Science Simulation Laboratory3
CLS 5020Pathophysiology for the Clinical Laboratory3
Total Credits48

Clinical Experience

(Second Semester/Senior Year):

CLS 4000Clinical Hematology5
CLS 4010Clinical Chemistry3
CLS 4020Clinical Blood Bank2
CLS 4030Clinical Microbiology5
CLS 4050Clinical Immunology1
Total Credits16

Courses are completed at a clinical laboratory affiliated with the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.