SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES Clinical Laboratory Science Loyola University Chicago’s Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science prepares students for careers in medical technology and allied health sciences. Clinical laboratory technologists are in high demand due to a workforce shortage and new, emerging technologies. According to THE MAJOR the U.S. Department of Labor, clinical laboratory Offered in collaboration with the Loyola University Health scientists can expect “faster than average System, the clinical laboratory science program is ideal for career changers with some clinical experience; those who employment growth.” hold a bachelor’s degree in health or science fields but lack clinical experience; and mid-level technicians possessing an With only a small number of qualified candidates associate’s degree. The clinical laboratory science major is also in the field, graduates of the clinical laboratory open to Loyola undergraduates studying biology or any other life science. science program enjoy multiple career options. Students may complete much of the program on either a full- Careers include clinical laboratory technology or part-time basis. However, the final 40-week practicum positions in medical care facilities, diagnostic, requires a full-time commitment. Laboratory assignments and pharmaceutical, or government laboratories, and class locations vary and may include Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses, and the Loyola University Medical positions in research and product development, Center in Maywood. Upon completion of the program, insurance underwriting, forensic medicine and students may apply for certification as a medical technologist (MT) or as a clinical laboratory scientist (CLS). criminal justice, and veterinary medicine. The degree can also serve as a foundation for future The clinical laboratory science program is seeking accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for master’s level training in allied health care. Data Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS): from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that NAACLS graduates with a bachelor’s degree in clinical 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670 laboratory science generally yield significantly Chicago, IL 60631 Phone: 773.714.8880 higher incomes than their counterparts with Fax: 773.714.8886 only an associate’s degree. Web site: www.naacls.org At top right: The Michael R. and Marilyn C. Quinlan Life Sciences Education and Research Center at the Lake Shore Campus is a state-of-the-art facility. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS Clinical laboratory science students must complete 129 credit the major sections of the clinical laboratory, including: hours. Students take prerequisite courses during the first two chemistry, hematology, blood bank, microbiology, years of the program. The third year is spent on courses immunology/flow cytometry, molecular, phlebotomy, and related to the basic sciences and the clinical laboratory laboratory safety. sciences, with an introduction to work performed in clinical laboratories. The final year of the program consists solely of a While students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis in 40-week practicum experience, with a mixture of classroom the courses that lead up to the Clinical Practicum, the Clinical instruction and laboratory work. Practicum itself is a required capstone experience in a hospital setting that is structured as a full-time, 40-week Prerequisite Courses (99 credit hours total) commitment. During the Clinical Practicum, laboratory Requirements include courses from the following two groups: instruction takes place only during the day, beginning in the Summer Semester, followed by two consecutive semesters University Core Curriculum (36 credit hours): Students may (Fall and Spring). Any student who has been attending the take these courses at any time prior to the Clinical Practicum. program on a part-time schedule until that point must In certain cases, courses taken at other institutions may be commit full-time to the Clinical Practicum. eligible for transfer credit. University Writing Requirement 3 credit hours SAMPLE CURRICULUM FOR CLINICAL Artistic Knowledge 3 credit hours L A B O R AT O R Y S C I E N C E P R O G R A M Historical Knowledge 6 credit hours Literary Knowledge and Experience 6 credit hours First Year Credit Hours Quantitative Literacy * 3 credit hours First Semester Philosophical Knowledge 6 credit hours BIOL 101: General Biology I 3 Scientific Literacy * 6 credit hours BIOL 111: Lab 1 Societal/Cultural Understanding 6 credit hours CHEM 101: General Chemistry I 3 Theological/Religious Studies 6 credit hours CHEM 111: Lab 1 * Fulfilled as part of major requirements MATH 117: College Algebra (or higher) 3 UCWR 110: College Writing Seminar 3 Science and Math Prerequisites (63 credit hours): Students Historical Knowledge Core 3 must follow the normal course sequencing as indicated. Credit Hour Subtotal: 17 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine (Fall Semester) and Advanced Laboratory Medicine (Spring Semester) must be Second Semester taken in the academic year immediately prior to the student’s BIOL 102: General Biology II 3 enrollment in the Clinical Practicum. BIOL 112: Lab 1 Advanced Laboratory Medicine 4 credit hours CHEM 102: General Chemistry II 3 Biology 101,102,111,112 (General) 8 credit hours CHEM 112: Lab 1 Biology 242, 243 (Human Structure STAT 103 3 and Function) 8 credit hours Historical Knowledge Core 3 Biology 251, 252 (Cell Biology with labs) 5 credit hours Societal/Cultural Understanding Core 3 Biology 282 (Genetics; no lab) 3 credit hours Credit Hour Subtotal: 17 Biology 302 (Microbiology) 4 credit hours Total Credit Hours: 34 Biology 315 (Immunology) 4 credit hours Biology 366 (Biochemistry without lab) 3 credit hours Second Year Chemistry 101,102,111,112 (Inorganic) 8 credit hours First Semester Chemistry 223, 224 (Organic, without labs) 6 credit hours BIOL 251: Cell Biology 3 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 4 credit hours BIOL 252: Lab 2 Mathematics 117 (College Algebra) 3 credit hours CHEM 223: Organic Chemistry A 3 Statistics 103 (Fundamentals) 3 credit hours Theological/Religious Studies Core 3 Clinical Practicum (30 credit hours, 40 weeks) is an intensive, Societal/Cultural Understanding Core 3 hospital-based curriculum, similar to the medical school Literacy Knowledge and Experience Core 3 model of clinical rotations as opposed to discrete classroom- Credit Hour Subtotal: 17 based units of instruction. All students will gain experience in PAGE 2 Second Year (cont’d) Credit Hours • Required areas include: college writing seminar, artistic Second Semester knowledge and experience, historical knowledge, literary BIOL 282: Genetics 3 knowledge, scientific literacy, societal and cultural BIOL 302: General Microbiology 4 knowledge, philosophical knowledge, theological and CHEM 224: Organic Chemistry B 3 religious studies, and ethics. Theological/Religious Studies Core Philosophical Knowledge Core 3 3 • “Values Across thecompleted through the Core, major, or Curriculum” requirements: • 12 credit hours Credit Hour Subtotal: 16 electives, focusing on: Total Credit Hours: 67 • Understanding and promoting justice Third Year • Understanding diversity in the United States and the world First Semester BIOL 242: Human Structure and Function I 4 • Understanding spirituality or faith in action in the world BIOL 315: Immunology 4 • Promoting civic engagement or leadership CLS 301: Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 4 • Makes up about one-third of a student’s Loyola academic Artistic Knowledge Core 3 experience, complemented by the major and electives. Philosophical Knowledge Core 3 • Incorporates great flexibility with myriad courses from Credit Hour Subtotal: 18 which to choose for each required area. Courses may be completed at any time during a student’s Loyola Second Semester education. BIOL 243: Human Structure and Function II 4 BIOL 366: Biochemistry without Lab 3 For more information, please visit LUC.edu/core. CLS 302: Advanced Laboratory Medicine 4 Literacy Knowledge and Experience Core 3 C E R T I F I C AT I O N Credit Hour Subtotal: 14 Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the following national certification examinations: the Total Credit Hours: 99 Medical Technologist (MT) exam, offered by the Board of Fourth Year Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology; and First Semester the Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) exam, administered by CLS 395: Clinical Practicum 15 the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel. Credit Hour Subtotal: 15 Second Semester F A C U LT Y CLS 395: Clinical Practicum 15 The clinical laboratory science instructors consist of faculty Credit Hour Subtotal: 15 members from the Stritch School of Medicine’s Department Total Credit Hours: 129 of Pathology—known for their expertise in hematology, immunology, microbiology, and biochemistry—along with CORE CURRICULUM clinical laboratory scientists employed in the Clinical Laboratory of Loyola University Health System, who • Focuses ondisciplines. and values in addition to academic desired skills supervise the clinical portion of the program. • important skills through of coursework, developing Includes 45 credit hours 10 required areas of knowledge: TRANSFER CREDITS Coursework completed at an accredited college or university • Important skills include: communication, critical thinking, may be accepted at Loyola and used toward the completion ethical awareness, information literacy, quantitative of the clinical laboratory science major. For more information and qualitative analysis, research methods, and about how transfer credits factor into degree completion, technological literacy. schedule a meeting with an Undergraduate Admission Counselor by calling 800.262.2373. PAGE 3 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission requirements for adult and transfer students, including community college transfers, second-bachelor's • report (external transfers only) high school or the GED Official academic records from candidates, and those without a college degree, are below: • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions • Education: 1). thehigh school diploma completion of a completion of A GED, 2). Successful or successful attended (external transfers only) minimum of 24 hours of course work from an accredited The following documents are required, in addition to those institution of higher education. listed above, for those who may fall into these categories: • Grade Point Average (GPA): Apost-secondary of 2.0 (out of • international applicantsscore report is languagefornot a possible 4.0), earned at each minimum GPA institution A TOEFL, IELTS, or TELA whose native required is previously attended. English. If you are in the Chicago area, you may take TELA at Loyola. Contact the English as a Second Language Transfer students from Illinois community colleges may view Program at 773. 508.3880, or via e-mail at email@example.com to our online transfer guides for a list of courses that satisfy arrange to take the TELA. Loyola Core Curriculum requirements. The transfer guides are available at LUC.edu/undergrad/institutions.shtml. • International applicants, or U.S.submit non-U.S.completed school abroad, are required to residents who transcripts Additionally, students must complete the last 45 hours of to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for instruction or a total of 64 hours in residence. evaluation of credentials. Please request a course-by-course evaluation report. Admission Process for Loyola Undergraduates: Eligible students in good standing who have completed the International applicants, and U.S. residents with degrees from necessary prerequisite courses are admitted to the College of institutions outside of the U.S., must visit LUC.edu/scps for Arts and Sciences through Undergraduate Admission’s current and specific details regarding the above listed internal transfer process. Interested undergraduate students requirements. should contact their academic advisor at their earliest opportunity to ensure all necessary prerequisites are met and APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15 their curricular paths are consistent with the program’s Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a expectations. Upon admission to the clinical laboratory space-available basis. Loyola only accepts applicants to the science program, students officially enroll in the School of clinical laboratory science program in the Fall Semester. Continuing and Professional Studies. Deadlines are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please visit LUC.edu/scps. A P P L I C AT I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S • A $25 non-refundable application fee (waived with an online application and for internal transfer students) • Current Loyolawish to internally transfer to the clinical students who Students (Internal Transfer): Current Loyola laboratory science program must complete the Internal Transfer Application. Completed Internal Transfer LOYO L A U N I V E R S I T Y C H I C AG O Applications (along with supporting documents) can be Undergraduate Admission Office 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611 mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the School of Phone: 800.262.2373 Continuing and Professional Studies; Loyola University E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Chicago; Lewis Towers, Room 401; 820 N. Michigan Ave; Web site: LUC.edu/undergrad Chicago, IL, 60611. • To apply asnew to Loyola Student (External Transfer):apply to Applicants a New Loyola University Chicago are to F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N School of Continuing and Professional Studies the University by filling out the Transfer Application, Loyola University Chicago available at LUC.edu/undergrad/transfer.shtml. Students 820 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611 enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences to complete Phone: 312.915.8956 prerequisites. After prerequisite requirements are fulfilled, E-mail: email@example.com students follow the Internal Transfer process above. Web site: LUC.edu/scps To access this and other undergraduate program brochures—and any updated information—please visit LUC.edu/undergrad/academics. PAGE 4 Loyola is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Information in this brochure is correct as of 8/08.
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