Distance Learning - Clinical Laboratory Science

Ellie Luefhy MT(ASCP), MHS photo

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

Winston-Salem St. Univ.
School of Health Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science
406 F.L. Atkins Building
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
(336) 750-2513

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*. Courses are delivered online for the convenience of students working fulltime.  Campus visits are welcomed but not required for this program.

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.  Your MLT coursework may transfer to WSSU to meet some of the CLS Pre-Professional 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 includes (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.

The University accepts students during fall, summer and spring semesters for the Pre-Professional Phase of the program. The CLS Department accepts students to Professional Phase of the program for the fall and spring semesters only. Students can apply to the CLS Department to begin the Professional Phase when they are within 9 semester hours of completing the Pre-Professional Phase coursework. 

*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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601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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