Clinical Laboratory Science Student

Welcome! We appreciate your interest in our department and encourage you to explore this site to discover the many opportunities available in the field of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS)*.

Our faculty members educate students to be highly skilled in the performance and evaluation of clinical laboratory procedures. The Clinical Laboratory Science degree qualifies graduates to seek national certification and be eligible for employment in hospital, clinic, research, industrial, and teaching laboratories. The integration of biology, chemistry and medical science makes this a versatile degree, providing our graduates with many career opportunities, including medical school and graduate education. The major provides the foundations necessary for individuals to develop laboratory administrative and teaching skills.

United States in need of Clinical Laboratory Scientists

Clinical laboratory scientists are certified health care professionals whose laboratory analyses play critical roles in the diagnosis and management of disease. Seventy to eighty percent of information used to make medical diagnoses is generated in the diagnostic laboratory. Currently, the shortage of certified personnel to perform the testing is at a critical level.

The 2010-11 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report describes the outlook for clinical laboratory professionals: “Rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities are expected. Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14% between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.”

The American Society for Clinical Pathology predicts that 81,000 laboratory professionals will be needed to replace retirees by 2014 and that new positions will necessitate an additional 68,000 laboratorians.

Marquette’s CLS seniors typically have jobs lined up well before graduation day. In 2010, 100% of our graduates were employed in professional positions right after graduation.

*Clinical Laboratory Science is also known as Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology

What is Clinical Laboratory Science?

Clinical laboratory science is crucial to the practice of modern medicine. Clinicians depend on accurate laboratory data to diagnose diseases, while nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals rely on this information to plan or implement treatment and care for the individual patient. Billions of dollars are spent each year for tests performed in clinical laboratories with volumes expected to increase annually.

What Does a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Do?

Clinical Laboratory Scientists work with specialized instruments to obtain results that are both valid and meet high standards of accuracy, precision and quality control. They are also responsible for correlating and interpreting test data, assessing and improving existing laboratory test methods and designing, evaluating and implementing new methods.

Clinical laboratory scientists are experts in the disciplines of Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Immunoserology, and Blood Banking. Increasingly they employ genetic/molecular diagnostics in their analyses.

The Well-Rounded Professional

A solid academic background in the sciences, expertise in all aspects of laboratory practice and the highest professional qualities are combined to develop a well-rounded professional. Having practiced the team concept throughout their course work, graduates apply these same principles to health care delivery, interacting with other health care professionals by consulting on test methods, interpreting results, and coordinating interdepartmental efforts (e.g., point-of-care testing).

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Learn about careers in clinical laboratory science.

Accreditation and Facilities

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

All CLS courses taught on the Marquette campus utilize the department's teaching laboratories housed in the Walter Schroeder Health Science and Education ComplexPDF. These laboratories, designed to simulate the hospital laboratory, include approximately 3,400 square feet of space, which is wheelchair accessible.

Lab Specifications

Lab sections maximize individualized instruction and hands-on experience. The department follows OSHA guidelines in implementing safety regulations for students, further simulating the clinical laboratory.

Clinical affiliates include:

CLS students are assigned to one of these affiliations for their clinical course work. Professionals from these institutions constantly consult with university faculty for curriculum development.


CLS Program Learning Outcomes

CLS Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of clinical laboratory science.
  2. Analyze human biological specimens according to established protocol for accuracy and precision for each scientific discipline within the clinical laboratory.
  3. Effectively communicate the results of scientific analysis to professional colleagues.
  4. Exhibit values consistent with ethical clinical laboratory science practice.


Contact Clinical Laboratory Science

Department of Clinical Laboratory Science
College of Health Sciences
Schroeder Complex, 264
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7566
FAX: (414) 288-7948