Clinical Laboratory Science Program
The field of Clinical Laboratory Science is open to those who have an interest in medical science. The student who enters this allied health profession should show aptitude for mathematics and for the chemical and biological sciences.
The clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist (CLS/MT) supervises or performs laboratory tests that aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient's disease. Often these tests--in clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, parasitology, hematology, immunology, blood transfusion services, urinalysis, immunoassay, and other analyses--disclose subtle changes that might not be detected in any other way. Laboratory analysis requires that the technologist learn complex biotechnical theory and skills, including molecular diagnostics and molecular genetics.
The majority of CLS/MTs work in hospital clinical laboratories as well as industry, research, or public health agencies in this country and abroad. Growth in the number of public and private medical facilities, the increased importance of laboratory tests for medical diagnosis, and the initiation of new government health care programs have created a need for more CLS/MTs.
The Clinical Laboratory Science prograrm is dedicated to fulfilling the motto of the School of Allied Health Professions, "To Lead, To Heal, To Serve" through providing academic and clinical experiences where students strive for excellence in their work, integrity, and ethical relationships that help contirbute to the health and well-being of patients.
The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program is part of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University. The goals of the school and the department for this program are as follows:
1. To provide opportunities, instruction, and guided experiences enabling the student to acquire the basic knowledge and attain technical ability essential to the practice of their chosen profession.
2. To help the student accept responsibility for integrity, ethical relationships, and empathic attitudes that contribute to the welfare and well-being of patients.
3. To help the student develop a background of information and attitudes conducive to interprofessional understanding and cooperation.
4. To encourage the student to cultivate habits of self-education that will foster lifelong professional growth.
5. To engender and nurture in the student the desire to serve mankind, and in particular, to serve as needed in the medical centers sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist church both in the United States and abroad.
We endeavor to present a complete educational experience in clinical laboratory science which culminates in a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. The education and clinical experience obtained in this program will give the student the eligibility to take the clinical laboratory scientist examinations offered by the ASCP National Board of Certification and those approved by the State of California for CLS licensure. The Bachelor’s Degree in CLS is granted independent of any external certification or licensing examinations. The graduate will demonstrate professional entry level competencies in chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, and microbiology and their respective sub-sections.