Clinical laboratory scientists (medical
laboratory scientists, medical technologists) work behind the scenes. They
impact patient care by providing diagnostic test results.
Professional Duties Include:
Consider this profession if you:
The pre-professional requirements of the
CLS program requires successful completion of ECU’s foundation courses, plus
pre-requisite courses including four semesters of chemistry and three
semesters of biology. The professional phase of the program consists of 5
consecutive semesters: two semesters of clinical rotation at one
of the program’s clinically affiliated sites.
The junior year consists of on-campus classes and student laboratories in the four major disciplines of hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and immunohematology. In
addition to clinical rotation during the senior year, students take on-campus courses
in molecular diagnostics, management, education, research, and special topics.
Upon completion of the CLS program, which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS - Rosemont, IL), ECU CLS graduates are awarded a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science. They are then eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Successful completion of the exam grants nationally recognized professional credentials as a generalist in medical laboratory science: MLS (ASCP)CM.
2015 and 2017, the program’s student retention rate was 98%. During this time
frame, graduates demonstrated an 86% first-time pass rate on the national ASCP certification exam. Of those graduates who sought laboratory-related jobs, 100% were employed within 6 months.
The ASCP 2016-2017 Vacancy Survey of
Medical Laboratories in the United States, revealed the following: Transfusion
services: 8.4%; Core Lab: 7.5%; Clinical Chemistry: 9.0%; Microbiology: 5.9%,
and Hematology: 8.5%. View the ASCP vacancy survey (pdf).
ASCP 2015 Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States reported a
national average hourly wage for medical laboratory scientists of $27.90. Hourly wages varied by geographic location, worksite, size of hospital/laboratory, professional education, certification and experience, as well as assigned duties (supervisor, etc.). View the ASCP wage survey (pdf).
The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science department is
to prepare individuals to provide quality clinical laboratory services through
an educational program that balances medical laboratory theory with clinical
This mission is supported by the overall vision of the
College of Allied Health Sciences, which seeks “to make a difference in the
health of the region, state, and nation.” (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/ah/about.cfm,
The College’s mission is supported by the University’s
mission of providing public service and regional transformation through student
success, which specifically addresses the areas of healthcare, wellness, and
reduction of health disparities. (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/University-Mission.cfm,