The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science provides students with extensive preparation for work in the clinical laboratory performing procedures on biologic samples from patients. This program serves new incoming students to the campus, transfer students, and students with an earned associate degree. The objective of this program is to graduate competent, entry-level clinical laboratory scientists to work in the various departments housed in clinical laboratories (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, phlebotomy, and molecular diagnostics). The program was designed using the philosophy of an educational and career ladder.
It must be noted that the first step on that ladder will be the option for students to earn a phlebotomy minor and progress into the proposed Clinical Laboratory Science program as they seek to pursue careers in the clinical laboratory. This means that this proposal also includes the ability to earn a phlebotomy minor. In addition, recent regional analysis has indicated a strong local need for CLS personnel with expertise in molecular diagnostics. Therefore, a minor in molecular diagnostics will be offered as well.
Face-to-face classes and clinical laboratory sessions will be offered at the IU South Bend campus, The Medical Foundation, and other health care agencies.