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Clinical Laboratory Science

Program(s) Available: B.S.

Are you passionate about healthcare? Want to discover a way to cure illnesses? Well, it all starts in the lab! Northwest's clinical laboratory science program is next level - read more to find out why!

Why Study Clinical Laboratory Science at Northwest

Clinical laboratory science is the study of medical samples during the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Northwest’s unique 3+1 program provides students with pre-requisite courses in general education, math, chemistry and biology for three years; during the program’s fourth year, students attend one of three affiliated hospitals: St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, North Kansas City Hospital or Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for a year of hands-on clinical training.

While at Northwest, students learn human biology, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Human biology courses teach students the methods in which a normal, healthy body functions; organic chemistry and analytical chemistry teach students how to identify and quantify the substances found in a sample; biochemistry teaches students the fundamental molecules and pathways of the body.

This major prepares students to pass the required medical laboratory science certification successfully. 

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical research assistant
  • Medical laboratory specialist
  • Medical technologist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Chemical technician
  • Immunology technologist

What Can I Do With a Major in Clinical Laboratory Science?

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Northwest's award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation features more than $13 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Garrett-Strong Science Building

Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog and others kept in labs.

Garrett-Strong Science Building
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