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  • B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

    Build a science background with real-world, clinical experience
    Develop a foundation in science that integrates biology, chemistry and the biomedical sciences.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    129

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Clinical Laboratory Science B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements* 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Natural Science 27 Credits
Clinical Laboratory Science 42 Credits
Total 129 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Clinical Laboratory Science must complete:*

General Education Science and Mathematics Courses

  • BIOL 160 General Biology I Lecture**
  • BIOL 160A General Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 161 General Biology II Lecture**
  • BIOL 161A General Biology II Lab
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I Lecture**
  • CHEM 160A General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry II Lecture**
  • CHEM 161A General Chemistry II Lab
  • MATH 122 Statistics**
  • CISC 120 Intro Computers/Application Software**

Natural Science Courses

  • CHEM 260 Organic Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 260A Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM 261A Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM 354 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 131 Hum Anatomy &Physio II Lecture
  • BIOL 131A Hum Anatomy & Physio II Lab
  • BIOL 265 Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 265A Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL 310 Immunology
  • BIOL 355 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Clinical Laboratory Science Major Concentration

  • CLSC 402 Laboratory Operations
  • CLSC 406 Urinalysis I
  • CLSC 407 Urinalysis II
  • CLSC 410 Hematology I
  • CLSC 410 A Hematology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 411 Hematology II (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 412 Hematology III (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 415 Diagnostic Microbiology I
  • CLSC 415 A Diagnostic Microbiology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 416 Diagnostic Microbiology II
  • CLSC 417 Diagnostic Microbiology III
  • CLSC 420 Clinical Chemistry I
  • CLSC 420 A Clinical Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CLSC 421 Clinical Chemistry II
  • CLSC 422 Clinical Chemistry III (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 426 Coagulation (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 430 Immunohematology I
  • CLSC 430 A Immunohematology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 431 Immunohematology II (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 435 Clinical Immunology (Clinical Rotation)
  • CLSC 440 Professional Practice in CLS (cc)

* Students must complete MATH 116 as part of their General Education Requirements.
** These courses fulfill 21 credits of the General Education requirements. To complete major concentration, corequisite lab courses must be taken.

There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of clinical laboratory science that must be completed with courses numbered CLSC 402 and above. CHEM 354 may also be used to meet this requirement. 

 

Students enrolling in natural science and Clinical Laboratory Science courses must earn at least a letter grade of C in all prerequisite courses. It is recommended that students be at the level of English 111 when enrolling in all natural science courses. Students in the clinical laboratory science major may not repeat a course more than once.

Clinical Laboratory Science Student Handbook
2017

Download a copy of the student handbook.

Academic Program Sequence Map
What is Clinical Laboratory Science?
Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) deals with the testing of body fluids for the diagnosis of disease and identification of pathogens. Graduates who obtain this bachelor’s degree are eligible to become licensed in New York State as clinical laboratory technologists. In contrast, graduates of community college programs offering associates degrees in this field can become licensed as Clinical Laboratory Technicians.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
When can I apply to the Clinical Laboratory Science program?
Students can declare their major as early as their freshman year. It is advised that students considering the CLS program contact the Program Director as early as possible to plan their course of study.
Can I attend the program part-time?
This program has been designed for the part-time or full-time student. The program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate working adults and many students attend part-time. Mercy College campus-based courses are scheduled for a combination of evenings, days, and/or weekends and can be completed on a part-time basis. However, the clinical internship requires a full-time commitment and cannot be combined with a full-time job.
How is Mercy's program unique?
We offer a flexible schedule that helps meet the demands of students working full time. Our small class size facilitates a close relationship among the students and between students and faculty.
Should I finish the general education requirements before starting my major?
No! Because of the rigor of the program a combination of general education courses and major-level courses is recommended. Students should contact the Program Coordinator as early as possible to plan their course of study.
What is the first step in the Clinical Science admissions process?
Click on "Apply Online" and complete the application for admission to Mercy College, or call 1-877-MERCY GO to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. If you bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment, the Admissions Counselor will evaluate your transcripts and make an acceptance decision. In addition, you may be required to take the Mercy College Placement Examination, which is used to place students in appropriate-level mathematics and English courses. If applicable, an appointment to take this exam will be scheduled at the time of your interview. Once you have met with an Admissions Counselor and taken the Placement Examination, you will meet with an Academic Advisor to plan a course schedule for your first semester at Mercy College.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
If I plan to go to graduate school, is this the program for me?
If you plan to pursue graduate education, the program will prepare you for both master's and doctorate level work. Depending on the area of emphasis of the graduate program you choose, additional courses in biochemistry or physics may be required.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 129-credit degree program in four years.
What type of student is well-suited for the program?
The curriculum is academically rigorous and scientifically oriented. It is especially designed for the motivated learner who can successfully pursue an intense educational experience. The program combines strengths in biology, chemistry and the biomedical sciences. Integration of several disciplines is key to success in the program.
Michelle Naylor Assistant Professor, Program Director, Clinical Lab Science
Linda Sherman-Atkins Assistant Professor, Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical Laboratory Science Overview

The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Mercy College consists of three years of general education, basic and advanced science courses, followed by a clinical year that combines professional internships at regional hospital clinical laboratories with didactic coursework. 

The first three-year sequence of college-based courses prepares students for the clinical rotations, but also overlaps substantially with the requirements for a degree in biology. The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital based clinical rotations. 

The Clinical Internships will consist of a minimum of thirty-two hours per week for 24-30 weeks of laboratory instruction during the twelve-month clinical period.

Meet Rachael Bozeman, '18

Learn more about her story and how Mercy prepared her to succeed.

Mercy Magazine - A Hidden Gem
2019

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Clinical Laboratory Science Accreditation Status

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS contact information is: NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Phone number is: (773) 714-8880 x 382 and fax number is (773) 714-8886. NAACLS's website is www.naacls.org.

Clinical Laboratory Technology is a licensed profession in New York State and Mercy College's program in Clinical Laboratory Science is registered with the New York State Education Department as a licensure-qualifying program. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification administers certifying examinations and awards certification. Graduates who intend to work in New York State must file an application for licensure with the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions to begin the application process. 

Clinical Laboratory Science FAQS

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Meet Michelle Naylor, Program Director, Clinical Lab Science

Learn more about her story and explore Clinical Laboratory Science at Mercy College.

Accreditation to the Mercy College CLSC Program

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) has awarded initial accreditation to the Mercy College Clinical Laboratory Science program on April 26, 2018.

We are very proud and excited to be the 1st College in Westchester County to receive full accreditation for our Clinical Laboratory Science Program. This prestigious distinction recognizes the high quality of our Clinical Laboratory Science Program and its faculty.

Clinical Laboratory Science Fast Facts

  • Small class size and flexible scheduling
  • Full time program in clinical year
  • Abundant graduate school opportunities

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities for graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor's degree are:

  • Hospital-based and private diagnostic clinical laboratory scientists*
  • Biotechnology
  • Laboratory research technicians (academia, industry, or government)
  • Pharmaceutical research (Research and Development)
  • Veterinary research
  • Education
  • Pharmaceutical marketing, sales, and quality assurance

*Because there is currently a shortage of trained medical clinical laboratory scientists available to staff clinical diagnostic laboratories, the employment opportunities in this field are excellent.
Go to the U.S. Department of Labor for a detailed description of this profession and current job outlook projections and national median wage data. Go to CollegeToolKit.com to search for salaries in this profession by state.

Continuing career development is supported by the following professional organizations:

Clinical laboratory scientists who obtain a master's degree in an area of expertise (e.g. microbiology) or in management or health administration may advance to positions in clinical laboratory administration.

Students can also choose to pursue an advanced practice degree, a Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Clinical Laboratory Science Program Structure

The first three-year sequence of college-based courses prepares students for the clinical rotations, but also overlaps substantially with the requirements for a degree in biology. The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital based clinical rotations. 

The Clinical Internships will consist of a minimum of thirty-two hours per week for 24 - 30 weeks of laboratory instruction during the twelve-month clinical period.

Meet Gershni Melendez, '15

Learn more about her story and how Mercy helped her prepare her for a career.

Licensure Requirements

At the completion of all graduation requirements, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification administers certifying examinations and awards certification. Clinical Laboratory Technology is a licensed profession in New York State and Mercy College's program in Clinical Laboratory Science is registered with the New York State Education Department as a licensure-qualifying program. Graduates who intend to work in New York must file an application for licensure with the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions to begin the application process. Although licensure requirements include passing the ASCP Board of Certification examination, granting of the Bachelor of Science degree is not contingent upon passing the ASCP Board of Certification examination.

Clinical Laboratory Science Objectives

  • Master the requisite core concepts and competencies necessary to achieve entry-level proficiency in clinical laboratory science
  • Comprehend, analyze, and synthesize and/or clinical information to guide clinical, professional and scientific decision-making
  • Perform diagnostic laboratory analysis in accordance withe established laboratory procedures while collaborating with all members of the healthcare team
  • Enter the workforce and employ professional and ethical conduct while working in a clinical setting
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the development of the medical laboratory profession and the significance of continuing professional development.
Clinical Laboratory Science Clinical Affiliates for Student Internships
  • Bon Secours Charity Health System
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
  • Greater Hudson Valley Health System
  • Lincoln Hospital
  • Montefiore Hospital
  • Northwell Health, Inc.
  • Nyack Hospital
  • NYP - Columbia Medical Center
  • NYP - Lawrence Hospital
  • NYP - Cornell
  • NYP - Lower Manhattan
  • St. John's Riverside Hospital
  • St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
  • Saint Joseph's Medical Center
  • Westchester Medical Center
  • White Plains Hospital
Clinical Laboratory Science B.S. Curriculum

Progression to the clinical internship year is conditional upon college performance and space availability. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and a C or higher in all Clinical Laboratory Science courses to be eligible for a clinical rotation.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Synthesize and explain core concepts that demonstrate a broad and in depth knowledge of the biological and chemical sciences in support of clinical laboratory science
  • Employ observational and motor functions skills needed to operate sophisticated laboratory equipment
  • Perform basic techniques currently used in the clinical laboratory
  • Conduct diagnostic laboratory analysis in accordance with established laboratory procedures without error of clinical significance
  • Analyze scientific and clinical data through qualitative and quantitative means
  • Evaluate and interpret experimental data in order to troubleshoot an experiment, make a prediction, or construct a model. Students will be able to propose a change in the experimental design that solves a problem or state how the data supports their model
  • Use critical thinking skills to interpret the results of clinical tests, analyze problem situations, implement, and evaluate solutions
  • Exhibit basic professional skills in written and oral communication
  • Exhibit professional behavior while working collaboratively with other health care professionals
  • Exhibit knowledge of the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Code of Ethics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory regulations and safety guidelines
Clinical Laboratory Science Program Outcomes

Clinical Laboratory Science Program Outcomes

  Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Graduation Rate 1 100% 100%
ASCP/BOC Pass Rate 2 100% 86%
Employment Placement 3 100% 100%
Attrition Rate 4 0% 0%

 

1. Percentage of students who enter the CLS final internship year of the 

 

     program that graduate on time.

2. Percentage of students who pass the national certification

    examination within the first year of graduating from the program.

3. Percentage of graduate who succeed in finding employment or who

    successfully apply to professional or graduate school within 6 months

    of graduating.

4. Percentage of students who did not complete the final half of the program