Do you enjoy solving puzzles and problems? Are you interested in medicine but don't want to work with patients?

A clinical laboratory scientist is an individual who performs and evaluates laboratory tests using a variety of methods. The results of these tests provide the information needed to diagnose disease or monitor treatment. The clinical laboratory science program at ECU consists of two years of pre-professional study. During your sophomore year, you will apply to the professional program, which begins in the fall semester of your junior year.

The professional program explores the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, and immuno-hematology. During your senior year, you will spend part of your time in a clinical setting practicing what you have learned in the classroom.

With a BS in clinical laboratory science, you can pursue a multitude of options for additional education. The CLSC curriculum meets requirements to apply to medical or dental school. A BS in clinical laboratory science is one of the recommended majors for applying to a master's program in physician assistant studies. If you are interested in pursuing advancement as a clinical laboratory or health services administrator, you can enter a MBA program or graduate program in health services administration. Graduate work in a field of public health is also an option for those who wish to advance in this arena. For those who wish to become a researcher, you are prepared to enter a doctoral program in the biological, biomedical, and chemical sciences.

ECU Advantage

The College of Allied Health Sciences is the largest university-based allied-health provider in the state of North Carolina. The college has eight departments: Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, Biostatistics, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Services and Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies, and offers degrees on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Delivering a comprehensive professional education that will prepare allied-health graduates to make a difference in the health of the region, state, and nation was the primary reason for the creation of the College of Allied Health Sciences and its departments. Fueled by the growth and aging of our population, the demand for these highly skilled specialists is expected to greatly increase as health care continues to be a priority for our citizens.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Ann McConnell (3410-B Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6063; mcconnella@ecu.edu)

A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in biology and chemistry courses is required for admission into the professional phase of the curriculum. Majors must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all clinical laboratory science (CLSC) courses during the professional phase of the curriculum. A student earning a D (1.0) in any of the CLSC courses must petition the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science for probationary continuation.

Minimum degree requirement is 125 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • Recommended:

    A general psychology course and a course in statistical methods are highly recommended for entry into the clinical laboratory science program. Students may satisfy these expectations by choosing from the following courses:

    • Psychology:
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology or
    • PSYC 1060 - Honors Introduction to Psychology

    • Statistics:
    • MATH 2228 - Elementary Statistical Methods I or
    • PSYC 2101 - Psychological Statistics
2. Core - 63 s.h.
  • CLSC 3410 - Hematology I
  • CLSC 3411 - Hematology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 3420 - Hematology II
  • CLSC 3421 - Hematology II Laboratory
  • CLSC 3430 - Clinical Immunology
  • CLSC 3440 - Clinical Microscopy and Serology
  • CLSC 3441 - Clinical Microscopy and Serology Laboratory
  • CLSC 4210 - Immunohematology
  • CLSC 4211 - Immunohematology Laboratory
  • CLSC 4430 - Clinical Chemistry I
  • CLSC 4431 - Clinical Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CLSC 4440 - Clinical Chemistry II
  • CLSC 4441 - Clinical Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CLSC 4460 - Clinical Microbiology I
  • CLSC 4461 - Clinical Microbiology I Laboratory
  • CLSC 4470 - Clinical Microbiology II
  • CLSC 4471 - Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory
  • CLSC 4480 - Clinical Microbiology III
  • CLSC 4481 - Clinical Microbiology III Laboratory
  • CLSC 4491 - Molecular Diagnostics in Clinical Laboratory Science I
  • CLSC 4492 - Molecular Diagnostics in Clinical Laboratory Science II
  • CLSC 4801 - Professional Practice Issues I *
  • CLSC 4802 - Professional Practice Issues II *
  • CLSC 4992 - Clinical Education: Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis **
  • CLSC 4993 - Clinical Education: Chemistry **
  • CLSC 4994 - Clinical Education: Blood Bank and Serology **
  • CLSC 4997 - Clinical Education: Microbiology **
3. Cognates - 22 s.h.
  • BIOL 1150 - Principles of Biology: A Human Approach
  • BIOL 1151 - Principles of Biology: A Human Approach Discussion
  • BIOL 2110 - Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • BIOL 2111 - Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 2130 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 2250 - Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 2251 - Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CHEM 2750 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2753 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education and Training
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.