Distance Learning

Distance Learning - Clinical Laboratory Science


Ellie Luethy MT (ASCP), MHS
Coordinator- CLS Distance Learning

Winston-Salem St. Univ.
School of Health Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science
F.L. Atkins Building 401
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
(336) 750-8708
(336) 750-2517 (f) 

MLT to CLS Bachelors Degree

The Clinical Laboratory Science Department at WSSU offers the MLT to CLS Distance Learning Program for graduates of an accredited Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program seeking a bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students must be certified as a medical laboratory technician for acceptance into the WSSU MLT to CLS Distance Learning Program. The CLS courses are delivered online for the convenience of students working full-time.  Campus visits are welcomed but not required for this program.

Due to federal compliance requirements the distance learning program has limited its student acceptance to a subset of states. For a list of these states and further information on the compliance requirements please visit the WSSU State Authorization page. Military students interested in the MLT to CLS distance learning program who do not reside or serve in one of the states listed on the state authorization page, should contact Ms. Ellie Luethy via luethyep@wssu.edu.

The courses for the Bachelors in Clinical Laboratory Science are a combination of General Education, Pre-Professional, and Professional courses.  If you are a graduate from an accredited college or university you are exempt from the WSSU general education course requirements.  This is also true if you have earned an associate of arts (AA) or associate of science (AS) degree from a North Carolina community college.  Graduates from a North Carolina community college who have earned an associate of applied science (AAS) degree are NOT exempt from the WSSU General Education requirements. Some of your MLT coursework transfers to WSSU to partially meet general CLS Pre-Professional, Education Elective Courses and Professional course requirements. 

The MLT to CLS Distance Learning degree is earned by completing two phases:

• Pre-Professional Phase (non-clinical coursework) - includes completion
   of the general education course requirements and the pre-professional
   CLS prerequisites. 

• Professional Phase (clinical coursework) - includes completion of the
   CLS clinical courses and clinical practicums. *Note:  most students are
   eligible for transfer of clinical practicums with the MLT associate degree
   and professional certification.

Thank you for your interest in WSSU's MLT to Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Distance Learning (DL) Program.  Please visit the WSSU Admissions web page for information for applying to WSSU. The CLS DL Program is an upper level baccalaureate program to which you apply after completing the general education and CLS preprofessional course requirements. Those interested in applying to the CLS DL Program should do the following.

1. Complete your required General Education and CLS preprofessional course requirements
    before applying to the CLS DL Program.

You should apply to the CLS program when you have started classes in the last semester of your general education and/or the CLS preprofessional course prerequisites.  If you apply to WSSU to complete your general education course requirements, then please be aware that you may not be able to take all your needed courses online at WSSU.  However you should be able to find courses that will meet the requirements as a student at WSSU by taking courses through UNC Online

You may also choose to complete your WSSU general education course requirements at your local
community college before applying to WSSU.  If you have earned an AA or AS degree from a
North Carolina community college or a bachelors degree from any accredited university, you are
not required to complete the WSSU general education course requirements.  The WSSU CLS
preprofessional course requirements are required of all students regardless of a previous degree. 
Preprofessional courses can be taken concurrently while completing any general education course
requirements.  Although the general education and preprofessional courses may be taken at the
accredited university or college of your choice, be sure that you are taking college transferable
courses and that these courses meet WSSU equivalent courses.

2. Apply to the CLS DL program when you start the last term of your prerequisite/general
    education courses.

Before you can be considered for acceptance into the WSSU CLS DL program you must have submitted the following to the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science; attention Ms. Yvonne Cheeks

- Proof of Certification as an MLT

- 3 copies of the Recommendations Form

- Signed copy of the Essentials Form

- Personal Information Form

- Official copies of college/university transcripts. WSSU transcript, if enrolled, not necessary.

Forms can be obtained from the CLS DL office or under Featured Links on the CLS DL web page.

Please be aware that your transcripts submitted to the Admissions Office will be entered by the WSSU Office of the Registrar into your WSSU Banner Transcript.  UCaLL (University College and Life Long Learning) officially evaluates your WSSU Banner Transcript.  CLS advisers cannot officially evaluate your transcripts. 

As a transfer student you must complete a total of 60 credit hours of general education courses.  As a part of the sixty credit hours, you must have completed 1 course in each of 7 Areas of Knowledge (AK).  The AK's are:  Fine Arts, History, Literature, Social or Behavioral Science, Natural Science, Mathematics, and Foreign Language/Culture.  Some of your CLS prerequisites meet an AK.  For example the requirements for biology and chemistry courses belong to the Natural Science AK.  Statistics meets the Mathematics AK.  Also helpful is that up to 30 credit hours from your MLT courses are transferable as General Electives.  These may not show initially on your WSSU Banner Transcript but can be requested as needed.  After completing the 7 AK and the CLS preprofessional courses you should not need to take additional general education courses to meet the 60 credit hour requirement due to the MLT General Elective transfer courses. 

*Students receiving their medical laboratory training in the military should contact the Distance Learning Program Coordinator before beginning the application process.


  1. 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.

  2. In the past three years, over 92% of WSSU CLS graduates have found jobs within six months after graduating.

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.


The mission for the Clinical Laboratory Science Department at Winston-Salem State University is to provide students with the appropriate education and training to develop entry-level competencies in all routine areas of the clinical laboratory. 

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