Academics

Clinical Laboratory Science

Program Details

Clinical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis of disease or assess response to treatment under the direction of a pathologist.

Each student in the Clinical Laboratory Science major completes three years of study at WIU, including many liberal arts courses, and a fourth year at an affiliated hospital-sponsored school of clinical laboratory science.

Students planning to major in Clinical Laboratory Science should complete three years of mathematics and one year each of biology, physics, and chemistry in high school.

Additional Resources

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WIU offers hands-on experience in biology labs to help prepare you for your career.

Possible  Career Paths

Clinical laboratory scientists are in great demand, and currently Western graduates have a 100% placement rate.

Graduates are working in a number of public and private hospitals in research laboratories in Illinois and other states. They are practicing in physicians’ and veterinarians’ clinics and offices, in the Armed Forces, in civil service and environmental agencies, in higher education as educators and administrators, and as service and sales representatives for manufacturers of laboratory instruments or pharmaceutical companies. Clinical laboratory scientists holding a bachelor’s degree can pursue graduate study in such fields as hematology, microbiology, cytogenetics, clinical chemistry, and medical education.

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Technologist
  • Histologist 

Course Descriptions

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (CLS): CLINICAL TOPICS IN CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE

Hospital-based lecture and clinical laboratory courses in an accredited and affiliated school of medical technology. Students will register for 15 s.h. for Fall semester and 15 s.h. for Spring semester. Total hours approximately 30–32 s.h.

490 Clinical Chemistry I. (1–6, repeatable to maximum) Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry as applied to pathologic states, methodology, and instrumentation. Statistics as applied to reagent preparation, result determination, and quality control. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

491 Clinical Chemistry II. (1–6, repeatable to maximum) Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry as applied to specialized tests for drugs, endocrine function, and urine and body fluid analysis. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

492 Clinical Microbiology I. (1–6, repeatable to maximum) Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria in clinical specimens through cultures, morphology, biochemical, and serological reactions and their drug susceptibility. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

493 Clinical Microbiology II. (1–6, repeatable to maximum) Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of fungi, parasites, and viruses utilizing morphological, cultural, biochemical, and serological methods. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

494 Clinical Immunology. (1–5, repeatable to maximum) The study of principles of the protective and adverse aspects of cellular and humoral responses. Performance of test procedures based on antigenantibody reactions. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

495 Clinical Homeostasis. (1–4, repeatable to maximum) The study of platelets, vascular, coagulation, and fibrinolytic systems related to the disease state and therapeutic monitoring. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

496 Clinical Hematology. (1–6, repeatable to maximum) The study of the formed elements of the blood and basic morphological changes due to diseases. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

497 Clinical Immunohematology. (1–5, repeatable to maximum) Theory and practice of immunohematology, including blood groups, blood transfusion, and component preparation. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

499 Selected Topics. (1–4, repeatable to maximum) Selected topics of professional significance which may include management, pathology, medico-legal aspects, and basic teaching principles. Prerequisite: acceptance for clinical education into an affiliated school of medical technology.

Contact Information

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Richard O. Musser, Interim Chairperson
Email: RO-Musser@wiu.edu
Location: Waggoner Hall 316
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1546

Biological Sciences Website

Biological Sciences Directory

College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Dr. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, Dean
Email: Martinelli-Fernandez@wiu.edu
CAS Email: cas@wiu.edu
Location: Morgan Hall 114
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1828

CAS Website

Advisor

Beth Lane
Email: bm-harmison@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1546
Location: Waggoner 381

Waggoner Hall