The Clinical Laboratory Science Program at ECU consists of two years of pre-professional coursework which includes four semesters of chemistry and three semesters of biology as well as completion of general education requirements. During the sophomore year, students apply to the professional program which begins in the Fall Semester of the junior year.
The professional program is five semesters in length and includes courses in the four major disciplines within clinical laboratory science - hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, and immunohematology. During the senior year, students spend part of their time in a clinical setting practicing what they have learned in the classroom. Additional classes in management, education, and special topics are also taken on campus.
The Clinical Laboratory Science Program at ECU will expand the student's capacity to lead, help them recognize their unique strengths, and apply ECU's Integrated Leadership Framework to inspire, empower, and influence positive action for the benefit of society.
Graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Science program at ECU have joined the staffs of many hospital laboratories in Eastern North Carolina, including Vidant Medical Center, Carolina East Medical Center, Wilson Medical Center and Nash Healthcare Systems, as well as other hospital laboratories around the nation. CLS graduates typically are employed within six months of graduation, and many have job offers at graduation.
Upon graduation, clinical laboratory professionals obtain their professional credential by taking a certification exam, usually through the American Society for Clinical Pathology's Board of Certification (http://www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification). ECU CLS graduates typically achieve a 100% pass rate on their first attempt.
The department's educational program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and graduates are eligible for national certification as medical technology generalists (Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Technologist).
Students wishing to contact NAACLS may do so at the following address, telephone, or e-mail:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670
Chicago, IL 60631-3415