Clinical Laboratory Science

The WSU Clinical Laboratory Science program provides educational programs to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the clinical laboratory. The program engages in scholarship and research appropriate to this mission and fosters collaborative relationships with health care partners and the community. Part of the Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the program fully supports the mission statements of the department and college.

Student learning outcomes

Clinical Laboratory Science program graduates will:

  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge necessary to perform the full range of clinical laboratory testing.
  • Apply principles and practices of professional conduct.
  • Apply safety regulations and standards as appropriate to clinical laboratory science.
  • Communicate appropriately with members of the health care team.
  • Apply principles and practices of management and supervision as appropriate to clinical laboratory science.
  • Utilize educations methodologies and terminology sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.
  • Apply principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation, and dissemination of results.

The WSU Pre-med and Health Science Center (PMHSC) provides academic advising for the Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science student. The advisor will meet with you in-person or on-line to assist you in course selection and make you aware of the GPA requirement, attendance at information meetings, course completion and admission application deadlines, submissions of official transcript (WSU and transfer)International student affairs (transcript evaluation and TOEFL), as well as advisor contact information.

Academics

Math and science prerequisite requirements

  • BIO 1510 - Basic Life Mechanisms & Lab (NSIL)
  • BIO 2270 & 2271 or BIO 2200 (NSIL) - Introductory Microbiology & Lab
  • BIO 2870 - Anatomy and Physiology & Lab
  • CHM 1100 & 1130 or CHM 1220 & 1230 - General Chemistry I & Lab (NSIL)
  • CHM 1140 & 1150 – General Chemistry II & Lab* 
  • CHM 1240 & 1250 - Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • MAT 1070 College Algebra (QE)

*CHM 2220 & 2230 - Organic Chemistry II & Lab will also be accepted in place of CHM 1140 & 1150 for this admission cycle.

Non-science prerequisite requirements

  • ENG 1020 - Introductory College Writing (BC)
  • ENG 3010 - Intermediate Writing (IC)
  • COM 1010 - Oral Communication (OC)  (Exam option)
  • STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics (QE)
  • CLS 2080 - Clinical Laboratory Science Seminar
  • CLS 3330 - Medical Terminology

University General Education requirements*

  • Civic Literacy (CIV)
  • Cultural Inquiry (CI)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Global Learning (GL)
  • Social Inquiry (SI)
  • Wayne Experience (WE)

*Note: Students who hold a previous bachelor's degree or who qualify under the university's MTA transfer policy (see transfercredit.wayne.edu) are exempt from completing the General Education requirements listed above. 

Admission

In addition to coursework, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of all pre-professional courses by the end of the summer semester before the start of the professional program
  • Minimum 2.7 overall GPA; 2.7 in science coursework (on a 4.0 scale)
  • All grades in prerequisite requirements must be a minimum of "C" or better (2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale). Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a letter grade for certain semesters. The program encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their prerequisite courses. P/N will be accepted if the grading institution's policy is a C or better to receive a Pass. If the school accepts C- or below as a Pass, students will be required to submit a letter from the instructor documenting what the grade earned would have been (in the case of WSU courses, since we can view that grade in the system, such a letter will not be required). This policy applies to the following semesters: Winter 2020, Spring/Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring/Summer 2021.
  • Math and Science prerequisite coursework must have been taken within the past six years
  • No more than two repeats or withdrawals in science courses preferred (if all courses are withdrawn in the same semester it will be considered as one withdrawal)
  • Equivalent pre-professional coursework taken at an accredited college or university is acceptable
  • All applicants are encouraged to attend a minimum of one monthly Information Meeting at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences within one year of formal application to specific programs of choice.

Applicants should refer to the Clinical Laboratory Science Application Checklist for a complete overview of how to apply to the WSU CLS program including the application deadline and all supporting documentation.