2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Clinical Laboratory Science - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(College of Science and Health)

Clinical Laboratory Science admission policy

Admission to the clinical laboratory science major is on a competitive basis. Students apply for admission early in the spring semester of the academic year just prior to the beginning of their professional studies, typically in the sophomore year. Formal acceptance into the major, effective at the beginning of the fall semester is based on the submission of an application for admission to the major, personal recommendations, review of academic performance, and an interview with the program admission committee. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is strongly recommended.

Admission to clinical requirement

The application process for the clinical year in the hospital-sponsored program is similar to the process required for acceptance to the clinical laboratory science major. Acceptance into the hospital program is not guaranteed by the university. The hospital programs affiliated with UWL are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

During the clinical component, in an accredited hospital program, students will register for (or be allowed to transfer in from Mayo's CLS program) the equivalent of, at minimum, 31 UWL credits. The clinical phase routinely begins in late August with anticipated graduation the following spring. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for certification examinations offered by national certification agencies.

NAACLS accredited hospital affiliates of UWL:
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Saint Joseph’s Hospital/Marshfield Laboratories, Marshfield, Wis.
  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, Wis.
  • Affinity Health, Appleton, Wis.
  • Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Rochester, Minn.1

UWL is affiliated with the University of North Dakota, an accredited program, which provides access to many other hospital affiliates throughout the upper Midwest.

Graduation requirements

Core courses in the pre-professional curriculum must be completed with a grade of "C" or above. UWL students must meet all university graduation requirements including those for general education, college core, and university degree requirements. However, students in the clinical laboratory science major are exempt from the College of Science and Health core requirements.


93-105 credits including clinical phase

Pre-professional curriculum (39-46 credits)

All pre-clinical lab science program majors are strongly encouraged to take CLI 120 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science.

Biology core:
BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 306Genetics4
BIO 312Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 313Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Chemistry core:
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
Select one of the following:5-8
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Microbiology core:
MIC 230Fundamentals of Microbiology4
Math core:4-8
College Algebra (or placement above MTH 150)
Elementary Statistics
Total Credits39-46

Pre-clinical lab science program students must have completed a substantial portion of these requirements in the semester that they apply for formal admission to the clinical lab science program major. Students who lack only a few credits are encouraged to consult the clinical lab science program advisor to determine when they should apply.

Professional curriculum (54-59 credits)

Preclinical phase (on campus):
CLI 395Urinalysis and Body Fluids2
CLI 410Clinical Hematology3
CLI 420Immunohematology3
CLI 440Clinical Parasitology1-4
or BIO 406 Parasitology
CLI 461Capstone in Clinical Laboratory Science1
MIC 310Immunology3
MIC 407Pathogenic Bacteriology4
MIC 410Immunology Laboratory2
Select one of the following:4-6
Fundamental Biochemistry
Biochemistry I: Macromolecules
and Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Genetic Information
Clinical phase (at an accredited hospital):
CLI 450Clinical Chemistry6
CLI 455Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis6
CLI 460Clinical Immunohematology6
CLI 465Clinical Immunology2
CLI 470Diagnostic Microbiology8
CLI 480Laboratory Management and Education3
Total Credits54-59

The following courses are recommended to complement the clinical laboratory science major:

BIO 413Medical Mycology3
BIO 424Human Endocrinology3
BIO 435Molecular Biology3
BIO 436Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIO 466Human Molecular Genetics3
CLI 495Independent Study in Medical Laboratory Science1-3
CLI 496Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science1-3
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
MIC 416Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
MIC 420Introductory Virology3
MIC 421Virology Laboratory2
MIC 454Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity2
PHL 201Ethical Theory and Practice3

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for clinical laboratory science majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Two sample plans are provided below. The first plan is for students who have placed into MTH 151 Precalculus, and the second example is for students who need MTH 150 College Algebra in their first semester.

Sample Plan 1 - students who placed into MTH 151

Year 1
CHM 103 (if math placement>MTH 150; Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5CHM 1045 
STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)4BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4 
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3CLI 1201 
Gen Ed Global Studies3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3 
 Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 15 15  
Year 2
BIO 3124Apply for admission to Clinical Lab Science Program  
MIC 2304MIC 3103 
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3BIO 3134 
Gen Ed Arts2-3CHM 3005 
MTH 151 (Gen Ed Math)4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3 
 17 15  
Year 3
MIC 4102MIC 4074CLI 4611
CLI 4103CLI 3952CLI 4203
CHM 3254BIO 3064 
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3CLI 4401 
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3Gen Ed Self & Society3 
 Gen Ed Elective3 
 15 17 4
Year 4
Clinical Education at Hospital Site Clinical Education at Hospital Site  
CLI 4506CLI 4606 
CLI 4556CLI 4708 
CLI 4652  
CLI 4803  
 17 14  
Total Credits: 129

Sample Plan 2 - students taking MTH 150 in first semester

Year 1
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5 
MTH 150 (Gen Ed Math)4STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)4 
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3CLI 1201 
Gen Ed Global Studies3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3 
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 16 15  
Year 2
CHM 1045Apply for admission to Clinical Lab Science Program  
BIO 3124MIC 3103 
MIC 2304BIO 3134 
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3CHM 3005 
 Gen Ed Minority Cultures3 
 16 15  
Year 3
MIC 4102MIC 4074CLI 4611
CLI 4103CLI 3952CLI 4203
CHM 3254BIO 3064 
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3CLI 4401 
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3Gen Ed Self & Society3 
 Gen Ed Elective3 
 15 17 4
Year 4
Clinical Education at Hospital Site Clinical Education at Hospital Site  
CLI 4506CLI 4606 
CLI 4556CLI 4708 
CLI 4652  
CLI 4803  
 17 14  
Total Credits: 129
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