Clinical Clinical Laboratory Science by oym20829



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
graduates with a bachelor’s degree in clinical                                 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670
laboratory science generally yield significantly                               Chicago, IL 60631
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higher incomes than their counterparts with
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only an associate’s degree.                                                    Web site:

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.
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

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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
                                                                 • “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
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
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
             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.

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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
                      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
                                                              A TOEFL, IELTS, or TELA
                                                                                       whose native
  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 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                • International applicants, or U.S.submit non-U.S.completed
                                                                    school abroad, are required to
                                                                                                      residents who
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 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

• 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
  Chicago; Lewis Towers, Room 401; 820 N. Michigan Ave;            Web site:
  Chicago, IL, 60611.
• To apply asnew to Loyola Student (External Transfer):apply to
             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 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:
  students follow the Internal Transfer process above.              Web site:

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