The clinical laboratory science program (CLS) provides students with a wide range of laboratory based career opportunities. Clinical lab scientists carry out diagnostic procedures in clinical, industrial, and research laboratories. They are the indispensable, top-level laboratory personnel, that is, supervisors, specialists, and teachers. Many CLS graduates become active in medical research, and opportunities in independent laboratories and biotechnology industries. The CLS program can also prepare students for graduate work leading to advanced degrees.
Students will complete a 3+1 year program [three years of academic work at Elmira College + one year competitive admission clinical internship] leading to the bachelor of science degree. This includes twelve months of training in a clinical didactic program accredited by the Registry of Medical Technologists in preparation for certification.
At Elmira College, CLS majors complete biology and chemistry courses in addition to upper level microbiology, immunology and biochemistry courses.
Elmira College has affiliation agreements with the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania, directed by Mr. Brian Spezialetti, M.S.MT (ASCP); The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program; Jamestown, NY, Ms. Michele Harms M.S. MLS (ASCP), program director; and Rochester General Hospital's School of Medical Technology, Rochester, NY., Ms. Nancy Mitchell, M.S. MT (ASCP), director.
Visit the College Bulletin for a full listing of Clinical Laboratory Science courses and descriptions.