B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Bachelor's program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BSCLS) prepares students to perform a full range of laboratory analyses that are essential for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease. 

Through classroom and clinical laboratory experiences, students will develop the skills to build a comprehensive picture of a patient’s health.

The field of diagnostic laboratory medicine is changing dramatically as new technologies based on the human genome and advances in biomedical sciences push the field into the future.

The ability to obtain critical information more rapidly and with higher accuracy is contributing to improved outcomes for patients, which is in turn driving demand for professionals with these skills.

The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Sciences 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).

Coursework

The program is small with an average class size of 10-15 students. As a result, students receive individualized attention and faculty members are readily available to answer questions.

In the first two years of the program, students gain a thorough grounding in the basic sciences along with a broad exposure to the world in which we live through coursework in the humanities and social sciences.

The first professional year (Year 3) contains the program specific coursework with classes in hematology, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology, immunohematology, and laboratory management. Each of these classes is reinforced by a hands-on laboratory experience.

Hands-On Work Experiences

In the last year of the program, clinical rotations in hospitals and community laboratories throughout the Capital region and beyond reinforce the theory and application.

Students have opportunites to rotate in a variety of work environments such as an outpatient reference laboratory, community hospital, and major medical center hospital.

Our clinical preceptors provide excellent training in day to day operations of the laboratory with an emphasis on problem resolution to assure the highest quality laboratory result.

Board Exam Pass Rates

The below table displays pass rates for ACPHS students over the past two years on their first attempts at the ASCP Board of Certification Exam. The pass rate on the second attempt was 100% for both years.
 
Graduation Year No. of ACPHS Students
Taking Exam
Pass Rate on
First Attempt
2013 11 91%
2012 10 80%

Career Pathways

A career in diagnostic laboratory medicine awaits the graduates of the clinical laboratory sciences program. As a highly trained laboratory professional, you will be able to perform and interpret sophisticated laboratory analyses.

These laboratory analyses are applicable to the fields of human and veterinary medicine, forensics, drug development and research.

And opportunities abound. U.S. medical laboratories across the country perform an estimated 7 billion tests a year and must hire 12,000 employees annually to keep up with the growing volume of tests ordered by physicians. Yet, only 5,000 lab professionals graduate each year, meaning there are significant opportunties for new graduates.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of a medical laboratory technologist (a position which requires a bachelor's degree) was $56,130 in May 2010.