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Health Sciences (B.S.)

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, College of Science and Technology

Effective Fall, 2008

Clinical Laboratory Science Option

Clinical laboratory scientists perform many of the laboratory tests used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. As part of the health care team they contribute data on blood, tissues, and fluids using a variety of precise methods and technologies. The program of study combines natural science and liberal arts education with clinical instruction. Students complete 90 credit hours (3 years) of core science and general education classes at Bloomsburg followed by one calendar year in a hospital clinical program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

In the past five years, the clinical placement rate for these students has been excellent. However clinical placement is becoming more competitive and admission to the clinical year experience is not automatic or guaranteed. Students begin the application procedure after completing two academic years, usually the summer following the sophomore year. Assistance in making application for admission is offered by the university, but admission is determined solely by the clinical affiliates. Presently, Bloomsburg is affiliated with seven hospitals. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements and the clinical year earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and are eligible to take the national certification examinations for clinical laboratory scientist/medical technology.

Students complete 90 credit hours (3 years) of core science and general education classes at Bloomsburg followed by 30 credit hours (one calendar year) in an accredited hospital program. Students should work closely with their advisor to organize an efficient plan of study.

Students who transfer into the CLS program from another school or degree program may still require 3 years at Bloomsburg to complete the pre-clinical courses. Discuss your timeline with the Allied Health Program Coordinator.

Bloomsburg University The following courses are taken prior to the clinical experience. They are required in addition to, or as part of, the general education requirements:

Health Science Core Requirements:

50.107 Medical Terminology

50.114 Concepts in Biology I

50.333 Molecular Biology or 50.233 Human Genetics

50.242 Microbiology

50.271 Cell Biology

50.173 Anatomy and Physiology I

50.174 Anatomy and Physiology II

Related Core Requirements:

52.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I

52.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II

52.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

52.341 Biochemistry

53.141 Introduction to Statistics

Other Requirements:

50.342 Medical Microbiology

50.343 Immunology

Clinical Experience - During the one-year clinical experience in a hospital program a total of 30 credit hours are required. These are earned from the following list of clinical courses:

86.401 Clinical Microbiology

86.402 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation

86.403 Clinical Chemistry for Med Tech

86.404 Clinical Immunohematology

86.405 Clinical Immunology/Serology

86.406 Clinical Seminar

Clinical Affiliates and Adjunct Faculty

Pennsylvania Hospital

800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ms. Jean Buchenhorst, Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Science
(215) 829-7634

Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences

410 North Lime St. Lancaster, PA 17602
Ms. Wendy Gayle, Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Science Program
(717) 544-7208

Reading Hospital and Medical Center

P.O. Box 16052 Reading, PA 19612
Ms. Sharon Strauss, Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Science
(610) 988-8273

Robert Packer Hospital

Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840
Mr. Brian D. Spezialetti, Program Director, Medical Technology / CLS
(570) 882-4736

Susquehanna Health System

777 Rural Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701
Ms. Loretta A. Moffatt, Program Director, CLS/ Medical Technology
(570) 321-2326

Thomas Jefferson College of Health Professions

130 S 9th St., Suite 1924, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dr. Janet Devine, Program Director, Laboratory Sciences
(215) 503-8187

York Hospital

1001 South George St., York, PA 17405
Ms. Caroline Darr, Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Science
(717) 851-2473