Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Individuals who want to team with other health care workers in a challenging health field should consider clinical laboratory sciences.

The focus of a clinical laboratory scientist or technologist is to assist physicians and other health care professionals by providing the diagnostic information that is needed for patient treatment. Tests, carried out by a clinical laboratory technologist, help identify diseases, clinical conditions, and pathologies so that appropriate health care treatment can be prescribed by the physician.

Current job openings for clinical laboratory scientists exceed the number of qualified applicants, resulting in a critical job shortage. In coming years, job opportunities in the field of clinical laboratory science will expand faster than the average as the need for health care workers further increases.

In recent years, median salaries for clinical laboratory scientists are $50,000 per year.

EMU offers two opportunities to students majoring in clinical laboratory science:

3+1 Program: Clinical Lab Sciences Major
(three years on EMUs campus with the 4th year as clinical rotations)

The 3+1 program requires three years of studies at EMU where the student spends three years completing science and general education requirements and spends the fourth year in clinical studies at an approved hospital program. After completing the fourth year, the student may graduate from EMU with a B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Students in this program will be expected to complete all of EMU’s general education requirements within the first three years, prior to entering the clinical rotation year.

Science Course Requirements during the first three years:

BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology 4 SH
BIOL 225 Molecules, Genes and Cells 4 SH
BIOL 245 Animal Form and Function 4 SH
BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology 3 SH
BIOL 337 Immunology 3 SH
CHEM 223 General Chemistry I 4 SH
CHEM 224 General Chemistry II 4 SH
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I 4 SH
MATH 140 Elementary Statistics 3 SH or MATH 240 Statistics for the Natural Sciences 3 SH

Choose 4 SH from this section:

CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II 4 SH
CHEM 235 Analytical Chemistry I 2 SH
CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II 2 SH
CHEM 378 Drugs: Discovery, Design and Action 3 SH


BIOCH 398 Advanced Cell Biology 3 SH
BIOCH 438 Molecular Genetics 3 SH
BIOL 307 Developmental Biology 4 SH
BIOL 447 Advance Human Physiology 4 SH
PHYS 251 University Physics I 4 SH

4+1 Program: Double Major
(4 years for science major; 5th year clinical rotations)

The 4+1 program requires the student to complete first a science major at EMU (typically biology, biochemistry, or chemistry) and then enter the clinical year at an approved hospital. This student may carry a double major (e.g. biochemistry and clinical laboratory science) and then elect to delay graduation until after completing the fifth year of clinical studies.

In this program students will complete a major in Biology or Biochemistry at EMU including the above required courses and then take a fifth year for the clinical phase of this program. Upon graduation students will earn a double major, e.g. biology & clinical laboratory sciences.

Programs with articulated agreements

EMU has articulation agreements with local hospitals who provide the clinical component of clinical laboratory sciences leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Augusta Health
School of Clinical Laboratory Science, Fishersville, VA
Julie Plumbley, M.D., medical director
Ellie Coggins, MLS(ASCP)CM,MSHA, program director

Sentara RMH
School of Medical Technology, Harrisonburg, Va.
Alden Hostetter, M.D., medical director
Susan Lawton, MLS(ASCP)CM,MS,MA, program director

Clinical laboratory science information

For more general information on clinical laboratory sciences, examine the following web sites:

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Job statistics for clinical laboratory science workers from the US Department of Labor website:

Information on Graduate School Programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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