Welcome to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department Home Page!
Our department offers an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS-MLT) and an online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) degree completion program.
Both degree programs have been designated as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
CLS Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department is to provide competent laboratory professionals who are qualified to staff healthcare facilities and, thus, furnish the highest quality of patient care to our servicing area. The primary area serviced with our graduates is the Huntington Tri-state area and other underserved areas of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. These clinical laboratory professionals provide the highest quality laboratory test results that provide 70-80 % of the objective data needed for physicians to make accurate patient diagnosis. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department provides continuing clinical medical education for the region as required by professional organizations and healthcare facilities. In addition, it is an ongoing mission of the department to implement innovative programs to meet the dynamic needs of the medical community.
Our MLT and MLS programs are both nationally accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which can be reached by the following contact information:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: 847.939.3597 or 773.714.8880
Program Goals and Graduation Competencies
Goals upon graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technology or Medical Laboratory Science program are:
- Prepare graduates with attitudes, knowledge, and skills that prepare them for entry into the clinical laboratory workforce as Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) or Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS).
- Prepare graduates to continue learning advanced knowledge about human health and disease.
- Prepare graduates with knowledge and experience necessary for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).
- Students show demonstration of minimum levels or proficient performance and knowledge of each clinical specialty studied in the pre-clinical portions of the program, including advanced clinical hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical immunohematology and clinical microbiology as well as laboratory instrumentation and laboratory supervision.
Students from the CLS programs have a 100% employment rate within six months of graduation and are able to earn a good salary.
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is offered through online course delivery – more information can be obtained by visiting the students tab and clicking on Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Policies. Students are eligible for the online MLS program if they are already an MLT from a NAACLS accredited program, or have completed an MLT military training program giving eligibility for the ASCP MLT certification. A Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is an excellent major for those interested in continuing their education beyond the associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology to pursue advancement within the field, and also pursuing medical, veterinary, pharmacology, forensic science, Medicine or other graduate level health professions. For students interested in the health care field and enjoy biology, chemistry, and mathematics we may have a major for you!
We invite you to explore our department and our degree programs. For more information, please contact our department chair to learn more.
We are…. Clinical Laboratory Sciences!
Dr. Jennifer D. Perry Ed.D., Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) ASCP
CLS Chairperson/Program Director