Clinical Laboratory Science
The mission for the Clinical Laboratory Science Department at Winston-Salem State University is to provide students with the appropriate education and training to develop entry-level competencies in all routine areas of the clinical laboratory.
Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Clinical laboratory science is a profession in which the theoretical knowledge of biology and chemistry is applied in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, maintenance of health, organ transplantation and forensic investigation through the use of clinical laboratory tests. Blood, tissue, and other body fluids can be analyzed and examined for foreign organisms and abnormalities. It requires the exercise of independent judgment, correlation of test results and interpretation of findings with respect to normal values. Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions in clinical and research laboratories, hospitals, public health agencies, physicians’ offices, institutions, pharmaceutical companies, industrial laboratories, and some marketing and consulting agencies.
The professional phase of the major consists of four semesters (65 semester hours) that include didactic and clinical practice experiences. During the didactic experience, students learn the basic theory and techniques necessary to function in a clinical laboratory. This includes instruction in clinical chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, immunology, immunohematology, hematology, and molecular diagnostics. Students are scheduled for clinical practice experiences at one or more clinical affiliate sites. It is during this time that students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained on campus to actual patient care situations. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take one or more of the nationally recognized certification exams.
- Winston-Salem State University Clinical Laboratory Science Program is the largest contributor of minority graduates to the laboratory workforce in the state of North Carolina.
- In the past three years, over 90% of WSSU CLS graduates have found jobs within six months after graduating.
The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. (Phone) 773-714-8880, (FAX) 773-714-8886.