The clinical laboratory sciences program offers a professional track. The professional track is the preferred course of study for students considering graduate school or advanced studies in the clinical sciences. The professional track also can be used as preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science.
Advising is available by faculty through the clinical laboratory sciences program. To assess progress, students should meet with their advisor each semester in which they are enrolled in classes. The MLS program is accredited by:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist
Once the student has completed the requirements for a B.S. through our NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Science Program he or she is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist.
This curriculum is a four-year program at Eastern Michigan University:
Pre-professional Track: This option consists of eight semesters of course work in general education and in basic, advanced and clinical sciences. Graduates will be prepared for careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health care industries, and as physician’s assistants. Additionally, graduates will be eligible for entry into a master’s or doctoral level program in the basic or clinical sciences. Students also would be eligible for one-year hospital rotations and subsequent certification as registered medical technologists.
The major in clinical laboratory sciences follows an interdisciplinary format composed of courses in clinical laboratory sciences, biology, chemistry and mathematics.
All students must complete the courses in each of the four areas of general education. At least 30 hours of the academic program must be completed at Eastern Michigan University. Students should be aware of the 60- and 75-hour rule regarding transfer of community college credit.
Admission and continuation in the clinical laboratory sciences program is based upon the following:
A minimum EMU cumulative GPA of 2.0. A cumulative GPA of less than 2.8 mandates warning students of their ineligibility for acceptance into the clinical track.
No grade below C in any mathematics or science course.
A grade of D (including D- and E) in one courses in the clinical laboratory sciences major may, upon recommendation by the Program Review Committee, result in dismissal from the CLS program.
Freedom from any kind of probation (administrative, academic, academic dishonesty or other university sanctioned probations) must be maintained. While on probation, no student may register for, remain in, or receive credit for science courses or practicum courses within the clinical laboratory sciences program.
TOEFL scores of 570 or above (230 on the computer-based exam or 88 on the internet-based exam).
Students may retake any science, math or CLSC course only one time in order to improve a grade.
Transfer credits from any institution must be at least a B or above.
Successful completion of the clinical track and the bachelor of science degree qualifies students to take the national board examination in medical laboratory science.
Professional Track Requirements
The professional track is designed for students with an interest in the clinical sciences, whose career goals may not include working as a registered medical technologist in a hospital laboratory setting.
Students electing the professional track of the clinical laboratory sciences program complete eight semesters of academic course work.
Work opportunities are diverse and include employment in pharmaceutical companies, analytical laboratories and research laboratories. The clinical practicum is not required for the professional track.
Formal application into the professional track is not required. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in the major and satisfy University requirements for graduation. Registration for cooperative courses requires a 2.5 overall GPA and 2.5 in the sciences.
These curricula lead to a bachelor of science in the clinical laboratory sciences program.