Sep 15, 2019  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Major - Medical Laboratory Science Pre-Professional Concentration

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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 adviser 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

Suite 720
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.

Professional Track

This curriculum is a four-year program at Eastern Michigan University:

Preprofessional 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:

  1. 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.

  2. No grade below C in any mathematics or science course.

  3. 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.

  4. Freedom from any kind of probation (administrative, academic, academic dishonesty or other university sanctioned probations) must be maintained. While on academic probation, no student may register for, remain in, or receive credit for science courses or practicum courses within the clinical laboratory sciences program.

  5. TOEFL scores of 570 or above (230 on the computer-based exam or 88 on the internet-based exam).

  6. Students may retake any science, math or CLSC course only one time in order to improve a grade.

  7. 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.

School of Health Sciences Information:

School Director: Betsy Francis-Connolly
School Contact:
Web site:

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

Advisor Information:

College of Health and Human Services Advising Center
Phone Number: 487-0918

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Please note that CLSC labs are open to Clinical track students first, then to students in the Professional track concentration.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at

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