The Clinical Laboratory Science Department provides students with the appropriate education and training to develop entry-level competencies in all routine areas of the clinical laboratory.
Students not only learn the basic theory and techniques necessary to function in a clinical laboratory, but also take opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills gained on campus to actual patient care situations. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take one or more of the nationally recognized certification exams.
Winston-Salem State University Clinical Laboratory Science Program is the largest contributor of minority graduates to the laboratory workforce in the state of North Carolina. In the past three years, over 90% of WSSU CLS graduates have found jobs within six months after graduating.
Programs of Study
- Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) On-campus Track
- Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) to CLS Distance Learning (online) Track
Satisfactory completion of the degree requirements, students are eligible to take national certification examinations. Passing a national certification exam is strongly recommended for achieving the greatest range of career and advancement opportunities. Examinations are administered by American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP –BOC) and American Medical Technologists (AMT).
North Carolina does not require state licensure.
Winston-Salem State University Clinical Laboratory Science Program is the largest contributor of minority graduates to the laboratory workforce in the state of North Carolina. In the past three years, over 95% of our graduates have found jobs within 6 months after graduation, the program attrition rate is 8%, the graduation rate is 92%, and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) - Board of Certification (BOC) 1st time pass rate is 75%. The combined national certification pass rate, which includes graduates choosing to be certified by American Medical Technologists (AMT) is 86%.
The 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 Fax: 773-714-8886.