Clinical Laboratory Career Program

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Credits required 70

Dean Patricia Dent

Program contact Debra St. George, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, ext. 2148

Program Goals Statement

Students completing the Clinical Laboratory Science program curriculum are prepared to work in a modern clinical laboratory performing a wide range of laboratory procedures used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and health maintenance. They develop academic and technical competence in the major areas of clinical laboratory practice—hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, and immunohematology.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes.

Apply by February 1 for priority consideration.

Program Information

  • Students develop academic knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behavior through classroom, lab, and clinical experiences.
  • Most Clinical Laboratory Science courses (MED) are offered only during the day.
  • Phlebotomy is a required component of the Clinical Laboratory Science program.
  • Students may substitute BIO 233 and BIO 234 for BIO 154.

Program Accreditation

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Telephone 773-714-8800.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examinations offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

Prior To Admission

To be most successful, applicants must have completed math through high school algebra II, and high school level biology, and chemistry. (These courses may be taken at BCC before admission to the program.) Technological literacy is also important.

Students are advised to complete two to four of the general education courses, such as ENG 101, ENG 102, HST, PSY 101, MTH 119, and Humanities prior to program admission.

After BCC

Many clinical laboratory technicians work in hospital laboratories; however, career opportunities are available in physician’s offices, HMOs, biotechnology, veterinary clinics and reference, and industrial, environmental, and military laboratories. The CLS degree provides a foundation that allows graduates to pursue medical education, sales, and computer careers. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees in Medical Laboratory Science and other medical fields.

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Multicultural Perspective, Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 154Human Physiology

4 credits

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

CHM 115Health Science Chemistry I

4 credits

CHM 116Health Science Chemistry II

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:28

Elective Courses

Historical Awareness Elective

3 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Program Courses

MED 101Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science

3 credits

MED 102Urinalysis

3 credits

MED 200Hematology

5 credits

MED 205Immunology-Serology

4 credits

MED 206Medical Microbiology I

6 credits

MED 215Immunohematology

5 credits

MED 216Medical Microbiology II

4 credits

MED 217Clinical Biochemistry

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:36

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 154Human Physiology

4 credits

CHM 115Health Science Chemistry I

4 credits

Historical Awareness Elective

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

MED 101Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

CHM 116Health Science Chemistry II

4 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MED 102Urinalysis

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

MED 200Hematology

5 credits

MED 205Immunology-Serology

4 credits

MED 206Medical Microbiology I

6 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

MED 215Immunohematology

5 credits

MED 216Medical Microbiology II

4 credits

MED 217Clinical Biochemistry

6 credits

After BCC

BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer.

For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs Web site at

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