Curriculum

Lab Shot

Students who enjoy laboratory work and the challenge of identifying the cause of a patient's disease will find this curriculum to their liking. The program involves two years of college coursework (the pre-professional phase) where students receive a sound background in basic sciences and laboratory skills. Students then apply for the professional program, usually in the spring of their sophomore year. In the first year of the professional program (usually in their junior year) students complete the pre-clinical course work and general education requirements. In first semester of the professional program, students also apply to one or more of the accredited hospital sponsored programs that are affiliated with UW-La Crosse.

The second year of the professional program is spent at an accredited hospital where students receive extensive training using state-of-the-art clinical instrumentation. After successful completion of the curriculum at the hospital site, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

Overview of Clinical Laboratory Science Major

Biology Core:  
BIO 105 (General Biology) 4 cr
BIO 306 (Genetics) 4 cr
BIO 312 (Anatomy and Physiology I) 4 cr
BIO 313 (Anatomy and Physiology II) 4 cr

Microbiology Core:  
MIC 230 (Fundamentals of Microbiology) 4 cr
MIC 310 (Immunology Lecture) 3 cr
MIC 410 (Immunology Lab) 2 cr
MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology) 4 cr
Total Biology and Microbiology Core: 29 cr

Clinical Laboratory Science Core:  
CLI 395 (Urinalysis and Body Fluids) 2 cr
CLI 410 (Clinical Hematology) 3 cr
CLI 420 (Immunohematology) 3 cr
CLI 440 (Clinical Parasitology) or BIO 406 (Parasitology) 1-4 cr
CLI 450 (Clinical Chemistry) 6 cr
CLI 455 (Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis) 6 cr
CLI 460 (Clinical Immunohematology) 6 cr
CLI 461 (Clinical Lab Science Capstone) 1 cr
CLI 465 (Clinical Immunology) 2 cr
CLI 470 (Diagnostic Microbiology) 8 cr
CLI 480 (Laboratory Management and Education) 2 cr
CLI 499 (Advanced Clinical Studies) 2 cr
Total Clinical Laboratory Science Core: 42-45 cr

Additional Requirements:  
Minimum of four courses in Chemistry including:  
CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304 & 305), 325 (or 417 & 418) 19-24 cr
MTH 145 and MTH 150* 8 cr

Additional General Education Requirements:  
see catalog for courses 31 cr

Total Graduation requirements: 130-138 cr

*All CLS majors must take MTH 145. MTH 150 must be taken by students who test into MTH 150 or lower. If you tested above MTH 150 you may take the additional 4 credits as another math course or as CS 110 or 120 or Modern Language 102 or higher.

Example Four Year Schedule for the Clinical Laboratory Science Major

Freshman Year
Semester I Semester II
CHM 103 (Gen. Chem I)
MTH 150** (Algebra)
SAH105 (Analysis of Health)
ENG110, HIS101 or 102, or CST110
Total:
5 cr
4 cr
3 cr
3 cr
15 cr
BIO 105 (Intro Biol. Sciences)
CHM 104 (Gen. Chem II)
ENG110, HIS101 or 102, or CST110
CLI 120 (Intro Clin. Lab Science)
General Education course*
Total:
4 cr
5 cr
3 cr
1 cr
3 cr
16 cr
Sophomore Year
Semester I Semester II
MIC 230 (Microbiology)
BIO 312 (Human A&P I)
MTH 145 (Statistics)
ENG110, HIS101 or 102, or CST110
Total:
4 cr
4 cr
4 cr
3 cr
15 cr
MIC 310 (Immunology Lecture)
BIO 313 (Human A&P II)
CHM 300 (Survey Organic Chem)
General Education course*
Total:
3 cr
4 cr
5 cr
3 cr
15 cr
Junior Year
Semester I  Semester II
MIC 410 (Immunology Lab)
CLI 410 (Hematology)
CHM 325 (Biochemistry)
General Education courses (3)*
Total:
2 cr
3 cr
4 cr
7 cr
16 cr
MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology)
CLI 395 (Urinalysis and Body Fluids)
BIO 306 (Genetics)
CLI 440 (Clinical Parasitology)
General education courses (2)*
Total:
4 cr
2 cr
3 cr
1 cr
6 cr
16 cr
Summer Senior Year
Clinical Education at Hospital Site
CLI 420 (Immunohematology)
CLI 461(CLS Capstone)
Total:

 


3 cr
1 cr
4 cr

 

 

CLI 450 (Clinical Chemistry)
CLI 455 (Clin Hematology & Hemostasis)
CLI 460 (Clinical Immunohematology)
CLI 465 (Clinical Immunology)
CLI 470 (Diagnostic Microbiology)
CLI 480 (Laboratory Management & Education)
6 cr
6 cr
6 cr
2 cr
8 cr

3 cr

* To fill categories A, B, D, and E of the liberal studies category of general education. See the General Education requirements in the catalog or your Clinical Laboratory Science Advisor for options.
** CLS students must take MTH 145. If you placed above MTH 150, you may take a second math or computer science to fulfill the Math/Logic systems category.

Affiliated Hospital Programs

Students will complete an internship at one of the following accredited-hospital programs. Students will apply to the hospital programs during the first fall semester in the professional portion of the program (typically in fall of the junior year). To be considered for admission to a hospital-accredited program, a GPA of 2.75 is recommended and a GPA of 2.5 (science and overall) is required.