Jan 29, 2023  
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Laboratory Science, B.S.

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Michelle Naylor, MS, MT(ASCP), Program Director

Bachelor of Science

General Liberal Arts and Sciences  
General Education Requirements* 60 credits
Major Concentration  
Natural Science 27 credits
Clinical Laboratory Science Requirements 42 credits
Total 129 credits

Students who choose the major concentration in clinical laboratory science must complete:


**These courses fulfill 21 credits of the General Education requirements. To complete major concentration, corequisite lab courses must be taken.
*Students must complete MATH 116 MATH 201 MATH 260 MATH 261 , or HONR 193  as part of their General Education Requirements.

There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of clinical laboratory science that must be completed with courses numbered BIOL 230 and above and CLSC 402  and above. CHEM 354  may also be used to meet this requirement

Organization of the Program

The first three-year sequence of college-based courses prepares students for the clinical rotations. The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital based clinical rotations.

The Clinical Internships will consist of a minimum of thirty hours per week for 24-30 weeks of laboratory instruction during the twelve-month clinical period.

Internship Year Admission Criteria/Procedure

To be admitted to the clinical year of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, all candidates must:

  1. Be admitted to Mercy College.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended to the Mercy College Admissions Office.
  3. Complete all Natural Science courses within the major with a grade of C or higher.
  4. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in both Natural Science courses within the major and the overall GPA to be accepted into the program.
  5. Meet with the Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director or designee.
  6. Submit a recommendation form a Natural Science course faculty or laboratory work supervisor on the required .recommendation form. The recommendations must be recent (not over 6 months old). All Recommendation Forms must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature over the seal. Forms are available on the CLS program webpage.

Deadlines for Applications into the Program

Students must submit all components of the application by March 31st for consideration for the following fall semester.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions will be based on a ranking of composite numerical scores of an applicant’s GPA (both Natural Science prerequisites and overall) and recommendation form.

Decision letters will be mailed to applicants no later than April 15 for the following Fall semester.

Progression Criteria

Students enrolling in natural science courses and clinical laboratory science courses must earn at least a letter grade of C in all Prerequisite courses. Students must complete ENGL 112  with a grade of ‘C’ or higher to enroll in Clinical Laboratory Science courses. Students in the clinical laboratory science major may not repeat a CLSC course more than once. Any student who receives less than the required minimum grade in a course required in the curriculum more than once will automatically be dismissed from the program. Students must receive a ‘C’ or higher in all required courses. 

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and in the natural science major concentration to be eligible to enroll in courses with the prefix “CLSC” and in the clinical rotations. Students must have a grade of ‘C’ or higher in natural science courses.

Clinical Requirements

All students must complete the following before starting clinical rotations. Copies of these documents/clearances must be submitted electronically to the Clinical Placement Coordinator by the specified due date. No one is allowed to begin clinical without the following:

  1. Liability malpractice insurance
  2. Health clearance approval
  3. Immunization titers - MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Hepatitis C
  4. Flu vaccine
  5. PPD or chest x-ray/Quantiferon Gold test (if PPD positive)
  6. *Criminal background check - Depending on clinical site requirements
  7. *Drug screen - Depending on clinical site requirements
  8. *Fingerprints - Depending on clinical site requirements.

Program Accreditation Status

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by The National Accreditating Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). NAACLS contact information is: NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Phone number is 773-714-8880 x382 and fax number is 773-714-8886. NAACLS’s website is www.naacls.org and email is info@naacls.org. Clinical Laboratory Technology is a licensed profession in New York State and Mercy College’s program in Clinical Laboratory Science is registered with the New York State Education Department as a licensure-qualifying program. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification administers certifying examinations and awards certification. Graduates who intend to work in New York State must file an application for licensure with the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions to begin the application process. Licensure requirements include passing the ASCP Board of Certification examination.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Clinical Laboratory Science concentration, students are expected to:

  1. Master the requisite core concepts and competencies necessary for clinical laboratory science.
  2. Comprehend, analyze, integrate and synthesize scientific and clinical information or data to guide clinical, professional and scientific decision-making.
  3. Communicate intra- and inter-professionally within the scientific community.
  4. Employ professional and ethical conduct while working in a clinical setting.

Program Dismissal Review

In cases which a student has been dismissed from the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, the student may request a dismissal review when he/she believes that extenuating circumstances effected his/her academic performance in the program. The student must follow the SHNS Program Dismissal Review Policy detailed at the beginning of the School of Health and Natural Sciences  section.


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