Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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If you have questions about this website or need additional information about CLS, contact the Allied Health Department at 785-670-2170 or 785-670-2176.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS A CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST (CLS)?

  • The CLS is responsible for the development, performance and evaluation of laboratory testing needed in patient medical care and clinical research.
  • They analyze samples of blood, tissue, and body fluids using cutting-edge technology and a variety of analytical techniques.

WHERE DOES A CLS WORK?

  • A Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science will give graduates the ability to work in many different environments and several areas of expertise. 
    • HOSPITALS
    • REFERENCE LABS
    • FORENSIC LABS
    • RESEARCH
    • INDUSTRY
    • PUBLIC HEALTH
    • PHARMACEUTICAL LABS
    • VETERINARY CLINICS

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET A CLS DEGREE?

  • Washburn University partners with the University of Nebraska Medical Center http://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/cls.htm to offer the CLS program.  It is 11.5 months in length with 11 weeks in the summer at the UNMC Omaha campus, then the remaining clinical/didactic coursework at Topeka area hospitals. 
  • Students must meet the prerequisite requirements of 77 credit hours with specific courses in biology and chemistry prior to acceptance into the program

WHAT CLASSES WILL I NEED TO TAKE?

  • Washburn offers a pre CLS track totaling 77 undergraduate hours. The remaining 43 hours are completed in the clinic setting. Please see the list of prerequisites
  • For students with an undergraduate degree, UNMC has specific course requirements in Biology and Chemistry. Please see the list of prerequisites for degreed students.   

WILL I BE ABLE TO FIND A JOB AFTER GRADUATION?

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14% growth by 2016 with 13,700 new professionals needed per year.