Elmira College Rolls Out Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Lab Sciences Program

Elmira College created a new program for students with a bachelor of science (BS) in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or another health-related field interested in becoming a Clinical Lab Scientist (CLS). The program helps students gain a competitive advantage when applying to graduate programs and gives them the skills necessary to work in a laboratory setting.

“We are so excited to offer this new program!” exclaimed Dr. Elisabeth Paulson, Assistant Professor of Biology. “The field of clinical laboratory science is perfect for individuals with a strong interest in health and disease and who love working in the lab.”

Students in the program will practice skills like pipetting, making solutions, microscopy, using typical scientific equipment, designing and troubleshooting experiments, and learning lab safety. These skills translate directly into the type of work required to enter the Clinical Laboratory Science field. CLSs perform medical tests that monitor health and diagnose diseases. They typically work in laboratories at hospitals, veterinary clinics, forensic laboratories, medical diagnostic companies, universities, or biotechnology companies.

This critical work is in demand, particularly in the greater Elmira region. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this field will grow 7% between 2021 and 2031. However, entering this field requires admission to a highly competitive clinical laboratory training program.

At EC, the students will receive individual guidance and support, including help finding and applying to clinical year programs.

“We are thrilled to be able to help these students get to their next training step,” said Paulson.

Students can easily tailor the Post-Baccalaureate CLS program and only choose the courses they need to supplement their BS. They do not need to retake courses.

“Depending on their background, students with a BS may only need to take two or three courses to be eligible to apply to clinical year training programs, which New York State requires for licensing,” said Paulson.

Additionally, students in the program will benefit from the EC alumni network. EC alumni have attended the Guthrie-Sayre Medical Laboratory Technology Program, the University of Rochester Medical Technology Training Program, and the UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program. And EC alumni frequently return to offer advice to current students.

Learn more about the EC Post-Baccalaureate CLS program on the EC website.

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