Clinical Laboratory Science
What is Clinical Laboratory Sciences?
Clinical Laboratory Sciences involves conducting clinical testing for health care organizations or for reference laboratories that serve hospitals and physician offices.
Walsh University's Clinical Laboratory Science program prepares students to enter an accredited Medical Technologist - American Society of Clinical Pathologists (MT-ASCP) training program where they can earn certification. After gaining certification, these students can expect to enter a field that boasts a solid job market.
What type of career can I look forward to with a Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree?
Our Clinical Laboratory Science students are prepared for the certification they need for a career as a laboratory professional in the health care industry.
In the current market, MT-ASCP certified professionals earn $20 to $30 per hour. With a graduate-level education -such as a Master's of Science or Ph.D. - they can move into managerial and administrative careers.
What makes Walsh's Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs unique?
- Two Educational Approaches. Students choose to fulfill their degree in one of two ways. They can:
- Complete four years at Walsh, earning a Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree. Upon graduation, they can apply to a Medical Technology program to complete their training for MT-ASCP certification.
- Enter our 3 + 1 program where they complete three years of the B.S. degree at Walsh and then spend the fourth year in an MT-ASCP program. This approach allows students to earn a Walsh degree while, at the same time, complete some of the courses that apply toward earning the MT-ASCP certification.
- Strong Community Connections. For students who enter the 3 + 1 program, the program is offered in conjunction with recognized medical centers or hospitals. Walsh partners with The Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron. Courses offered by the affiliates for the fourth year include: chemistry, immunology, hematology, coagulation, blood banks, urinalysis, bacteriology, parasitology, mycology and other electives.
Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?
Clinical Lab Science students in this major take a cross-section of courses in chemistry, biology and math. They also gain a considerable amount of laboratory experience.
Some specific classes include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Organic Chemistry
What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available?
Students can work as clinical laboratory interns at local hospitals during their final year. They must be the right fit for the positions available within the hospitals as each hospital has its own set of requirements. For example, some hospitals require interns to have knowledge of biochemistry and/or parasitology, which Walsh offers as electives.
The division chair works with students in order to arrange these real-world work opportunities
Whom can I contact for more information about Walsh's Clinical Laboratory Science programs?
Dr. Michael Dunphy, Professor of Biochemistry, Division Chair Math & Sciences