Clinical Laboratory

About the Major

The clinical laboratory science program provides a science-oriented curriculum that prepares students to accurately perform clinical laboratory procedures on biological samples from patients. Clinical laboratory technicians analyze simple and complex chemical components in body fluids, evaluate cellular components of blood, identify microorganisms and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns, and test compatibility when preparing blood products for administration to patients. This work helps physicians in diagnosing and treating diseases.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: observations, scientific inquiry, attention to detail, knowledge of human body systems, and use of current technologies.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Immunology
  • Topics in medical technology
  • Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Mycology/parasitology

Possible Careers

  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Consumer-product testing professional
  • Forensic biologist scientist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Research and product development professional

Where could I work?

  • Advanced Testing Laboratory
  • American Health Network 
  • AmeriPath Inc.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Mid America Clinical Labs

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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