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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Laboratory Sciences - Major

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The Bachelor of Science program in Clinical Laboratory Science prepares students with the knowledge, practical skills, and ethical principles necessary for careers in biomedical and clinical laboratories.  The program combines a liberal arts background with detailed inquiry into human physiology and pathology.  The program incorporates rotations at partner clinical laboratories where students get to directly experience how Clinical Laboratory Scientists operate as vital parts of the healthcare team.

Program Requirements

Students taking clinical rotation courses must typically meet the following criteria:

  1. have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7
  2. have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in math and science coursework
  3. have earned a C- or better in CLS/301/L, CLS 302/L, CLS 305/L, and CLS 306/L

Additional requirements can be found in the Student Handbook (provided to students by Program Director).

Licensure and Certification

Program graduates will be eligible to sit for the ASCP exam (American Society of Clinical Pathology). Successful completion of board examinations is not required for degree completion. The program is licensure qualifying with New York State.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the CLS program at Nazareth College will be able to demonstrate:

  • Entry level competencies, communication skills, problem-solving skills, technical expertise and ethical principles that enable them to become exemplary Clinical Laboratory Scientists.
  • Specific content knowledge in mathematics, biology, chemistry and clinical science coursework to be successful in passing licensure exams as administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and be licensed to practice in New York.
  • Technical training in microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology and serology, hematology, immunohematology, chemical and biological analyses, microscopy, handling of biological samples and use of computer-controlled instrumentation to be effective technologists in a variety of settings.
  • Awareness of the health care system in the United States, ethical and professional standards of practice, proper safety procedures, and pre- and post-analytical elements of laboratory testing.
  • Knowledge and experiences that will prepare them to be sound evaluators of data, to be able to trouble-shoot errant situations and to develop intuitive and independent judgments in their handling of a broad range of clinical laboratory issues.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Major

All students majoring in Clinical Laboratory Sciences must take the following courses:

Upper Division CLS Course Requirements

The following required courses comprise the upper division coursework in the CLS program. Entry into clinical rotations is subject to stated pre-requisites as well as GPA requirements.

Sample Program

Fall Semester Freshman Year Spring Semester Freshman Year
ENGW 101 Exposition   3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 BIO 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I /BIO 210L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I   4
FYS - PEQ (1) 3 SCI 120 Introduction to Scientific Communication   2
BIO.Q 103 Biological Systems I /BIO.Q 103L Biological Systems I Lab  PEQ (2) 4 Perspectives Enduring Questions PEQ (3) 3
SCI 090 Laboratory Safety Workshop I   0 MTH.Q 113 Calculus I  PEQ (4) 3
CHM.Q 140 General Chemistry: Molecules, Matter And Mayhem  /CHM.Q 140L General Chemistry: Molecules, Matter and Mayhem Lab   4    
Fall Semester Sophomore Year Spring Semester Sophomore Year
Health & Wellness 0-1 Perspectives Enduring Questions PEQ (6) 3
Perspectives Enduring Questions PEQ (5) 3 BIO 318 Clinical Microbiology /BIO 318L Clinical Microbiology Lab   4
BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II  /BIO 211L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II   4 Integrative Studies (IS) - 1 3-4
CHM 221 Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry  / CHM 221L Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry Lab   4 BIO 325 Immunology   3
CLS 201 Laboratory Medicine   3 MTH 208 Statistics for Scientists   3
Fall Semester Junior Year Spring Semester Junior Year
Perspectives Enduring Questions PEQ (7) 3 Perspectives Enduring Questions PEQ (8) 3
CLS 301 Clinical Chemistry  /CLS 301L Clinical Chemistry Laboratory   4 CLS 306 Clinical Hematology /CLS 306L Clinical Hematology Laboratory   4
CLS 302 Diagnostic Microbiology /CLS 302L Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory   4 CLS 303 Clinical Mycology and Parasitology   1
Integrative Studies (IS) - 2 3 CLS 305 Clinical Blood Banking  /CLS 305L Clinical Blood Bank Laboratory   4
Integrative Studies (IS) - 3 3 CLS 307L Urinalysis and Body Fluids Lab   1
    CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Fall Semester Senior Year Spring Semester Senior Year
CLS 401 Clinical Chemistry Rotation   3 Elective 3
CLS 402 Clinical Microbiology Rotation   3 Elective 3
CLS 405 Clinical Blood Banking Rotation   3 Elective 3
CLS 406 Clinical Hematology Rotation   3 BCH 422 Biochemistry II/Molecular Biology /BCH 423L Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology    5
    CLS 431 Clinical Laboratory Management and Operations   1
    CLS 450 Capstone in Clinical Laboratory Science   2


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