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The EC CLS 3+1 major prepares you to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, or a Medical Technologist, jobs that are in very high demand worldwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are expected to grow 11% between 2020-2030, faster than the average growth for all jobs. CLS graduates perform laboratory tests on patient samples and provide life-saving blood banking services as critical players in patient diagnosis and treatment in a wide range of hospital, laboratory, and university settings.
The EC CLS 3+1 major is similar to a Biology or Biochemistry major (with courses in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, anatomy, and physiology), with the coursework completed in three years and the fourth year spent training in hospital laboratories at one of our clinical affiliate sites in Rochester, Sayre, Jamestown, or Brooklyn. Following the clinical year, students may opt to take the ASCP licensing exam. In New York State, a major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (not Biology or Biochemistry) is a requirement for NYS licensure.
Looking for a career in healthcare? Want to diagnose patients and save lives? Do you love working at the lab bench? The CLS program is for you! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in these fields are expected to grow 11% between 2020-2030, faster than the average growth for all jobs.
Major & Minor Requirements
CLS majors will spend three years completing their course work and the fourth year performing hands-on training at an affiliated hospital laboratory in Rochester, Sayre, Jamestown, or Brooklyn.
EC’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences program will prepare you to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), and/or Medical Technologist (MT), jobs that are in extremely high demand at hospitals, research centers, clinics, and universities worldwide.
Internships & Opportunities
After three years of coursework at EC, students in the CLS 3+1 program spend their fourth year training at one of our clinical affiliate hospitals before earning their EC degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
The CLS 3+1 program, led by molecular geneticist Dr. Amy Lyndaker, is supported by five Biology faculty and four chemistry faculty.
Do you have questions about the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program? Please contact us.