Health Professions Program

Clinical Laboratory Science Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree

The Bachelor degree program in Clinical Laboratory Science at IU School of Medicine prepares graduates with knowledge, entry-level competencies and professional attitudes to practice in the clinical laboratory. The program is administered by IU School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the school’s Indianapolis campus in the IU Health Pathology Laboratory Building.

Working in a Clinical Laboratory

Clinical laboratory science is a diverse, science-based profession aimed at accurate performance of clinical laboratory procedures on biologic samples from patients. Clinical laboratory scientists typically work in laboratories located in hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, blood centers, medical research facilities, or medically oriented industries.

Physicians use the results from these procedures in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating diseases. Some of the tasks that clinical laboratory scientists perform include analysis of simple/complex chemical components of body fluids, evaluation of cellular components of blood, identification of microorganisms and their antibiotic susceptibilities, preparation of blood components for patient therapy, molecular detection of diseases, and evaluation of new techniques, procedures, and instruments.

Laboratory personnel continually evaluate the quality of the results from procedures and instruments and solve any problems that relate to inconsistencies. Excellent communication skills are required to interact with other members of the health care team, to teach, and to manage individuals under their supervision.

Katherine M. Steele, MPH

Katherine M. Steele, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nicholas C. Brehl, MED

Nicholas C. Brehl, MED

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Program Details

The goals of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program are to prepare graduates who have the knowledge and skills needed to provide health care professionals with accurate and timely diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory data and participate as effective members of the health care team. Graduates are able to successfully complete the national certification examination and demonstrate professionalism through honesty and integrity in reporting results, respect for patient confidentiality, and a desire for life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.

Upon successful program completion, the clinical laboratory scientist will be able to demonstrate the following entry-level competencies:

  • Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of laboratory testing, including technical, procedural, and problem-solving aspects. Recognize the importance of proper test selection, causes of discrepant test results, deviations of test results, and correlation of abnormal data with pathologic states.
  • Skills: Perform proficiently the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/ immunology, coagulation, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics and participate in the evaluation of new techniques and procedures in the laboratory.
  • Communication: Provide administrative and technical consulting services on laboratory testing.
  • Solving and Analytical Decision Making: Evaluate and solve problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis and differentiate and resolve technical, instrument, and physiologic causes of problems or unexpected test results.
  • Training Responsibilities: Incorporate principles of educational methodologies in the instruction of laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and consumers.
  • Supervision and Management: Give direction and guidance to technical and support personnel. Apply knowledge of financial operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective, high-quality, value-added laboratory services.

Accreditation

The IU School of Medicine Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 847-939-3597, info@naacls.org