Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Clinical Laboratory Science BS

Program Overview

USF’s Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program is an extremely rigorous healthcare curriculum focused on performing laboratory tests. Students take general education and core biology curriculum at USF for three years. The fourth year is an intensive clinical rotation at a regional healthcare facility receiving direct, on-site, hands-on experience in a medical laboratory. The clinical training portion earns 32 credit hours from various areas: Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Hematology, Blood Bank, Serology, Urinalysis, Parasitology, Coagulation, Immunology, Histology, Education and Management, Orientation and Lab Practice, Topics in Medical Technology, Clinical Chemistry, and Special Chemistry.

Professionals use technical instrumentation in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories and private industry. Graduates often find employment within the healthcare facility where they conduct their clinical rotation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students are proficient in critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in the sciences.
  • Students use the scientific method to conduct hypothesis-driven research or complete a science-based service project.
  • Students demonstrate global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in the pursuit of science.
  • Students demonstrate leadership and the ability to work in teams.
  • Students are proficient presenting scientific information in oral and written form.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and principles of biology.
  • Students are confident, satisfied, and well-prepared to undertake careers in the biological sciences.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology degree requires 134 credit hours:

  • 48-49 credit hours of general education courses (excluding six credit hours counted in the major core)
  • 58 credit hours of prescribed courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and management
  • 32 credit hours of clinical training.

Program of Study

  • Major required, 58 credit hours BIOL 190, BIOL 191 (Prin. of Bio. I & II), BIOL 221, BIOL 222 (Hum. A/P I & II), BIOL 226 (Micro.), BIOL 295 (Genetics), BIOL401 (Senior Capstone), BIOL 471 (Immuno.), BIOL 480 (Bio. Sem.), CHEM 141, CHEM 142 (Prin. of Chem. I & II),CHEM 241 (Organ. Chem. I), CHEM 333 (Biochem.), CHEM 345 (Anat. Chem.), BIOL/CHEM 367 (Biotech. Lab), MGMT 230 (Princ. of Mgmt.), MATH 302 (Stats.), SCIE 273 (Physical Surv.)
  • Clinical training, 32 credit hours: MEDT 450, MEDT 451, MEDT 452, MEDT 453, MEDT 454, MEDT 455, MEDT 456, MEDT 457, MEDT 458, MEDT 459, MEDT 460, MEDT 461, MEDT 462, MEDT 464, MEDT 465

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this intensive program students should have a strong background in science and math with courses in biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and geometry. It is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Courses may be repeated only once. Students must apply to and be accepted into the chosen hospital’s clinical portion of the program. Students not accepted are welcome to continue their studies completing a B.S. in biology, then re-applying the following year for the clinical rotation, if desired.