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The Clinical Laboratory Science degree is completed in conjunction with various affiliated hospitals. Students attend Northwest for their first three years taking the necessary courses required by the hospital and the University (listed in the University catalog under the CLS degree). Preceding the student's last year at Northwest, the student will apply to an affiliated hospital(s) for acceptance into the clinical portion of the program. Acceptance in the clinical portion of the program is decided entirely by the hospital. Acceptance is based on various criteria such as scholarship, recommendations, interviews, etc. Time may vary slightly for each hospital, but the clinical portion of the program is about one year. In the clinical year, students take various courses at the hospital. Upon successful completion of the clinical year, students are eligible to take board examinations to obtain certification. The coursework taken at the hospital also applies to the student's senior year requirements at the University. Thus, after completion of the program, the University will award the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree.
There are many career opportunities for Clinical Laboratory Scientists. While many work in hospital laboratories, there are many other options such as forensic laboratories, research laboratories, laboratory management and sales of scientific products. It is estimated that in the next few years, several thousand lab professionals will be needed to replace retirees along with lab professionals needed for new positions.
In order to gain admission to the affiliated Clinical Lab School, students must complete the specific prerequisites for that clinical lab program. Each program has minimum GPA requirements to be considered for admission. Students should consult with each school for admission requirements.
Northwest is affiliated with three hospitals:
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