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Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Degree: Bachelor of Science
School: School of Nursing and Allied Health (SONAH)
Department: Allied Health (AH)


Program Description

Clinical Laboratory Science is the branch of medicine concerned with the performance of accurate and valid laboratory analyses. These analyses assist physicians and other healthcare providers with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of patient diseases. Therefore, the profession requires and needs technologists who are precise, dependable, dedicated, and have a strong sense of responsibility.

Mission Statement

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program prepares graduates to successfully practice the profession of clinical laboratory sciences by providing an environment that promotes critical thinking, problem solving, analytical skills building, and creativity. The program promotes personal and professional development, ethical consideration, research, and community service through a variety of planned activities developed to meet the needs of a global community. 

Program Goals

  • To achieve up to 100% pass rate in the Board of Certification (ASCP).
  • To assist graduates attain employment and /or gain entry into programs of higher education.
  • To keep abreast of the latest in the field of Medical Laboratory Science
  • To participate in scholarly and educational activities related to Medical Laboratory Science, healthcare, and the community.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Tuskegee University Program, the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded. After graduation, graduates are eligible to take a national certification examination, given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (Board of Registry). This provides certification and a professional title MLS (ASCP). In those states requiring licensure (except for a few states), these national certifications may suffice for employment purposes.
CLS program has a 100% graduation rate for those who are accepted into the professional phase. 

  • CLS program has a 100% employment rate for the graduates in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 
  • Graduates from CLS program are eligible to apply for certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology MLS (ASCP).
  • Our current pass rate for the BOC exam is 18% and our goal is 100%.  This rate is clinically insignificant due to the low numbers who take the exam. Those who continue their education do not take the exam within 1 year of graduation.
  • 100% CLS graduates are employed or continue their education in Graduate or Professional (MD, DO, etc.) Programs. 

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, ILL, 60631; Tel.: (847) 939-3597, 773-714-8880, 

Admission Requirements

Specific admission and degree requirements:

  • Admission to Tuskegee University
  • An application packet with completed application forms
  • Twos letters of reference
  • Transcripts from high school and college/ university must be submitted by deadline dates
  • An Autobiographical -Sketch 
  • Reason for Selecting Clinical Laboratory Sciences as a major
  • Proof of work experience and/ or methods for obtaining laboratory experience

Program Application packets must be received on or before January 5th. 
In the programs, the student must maintain or have a “C” grade or better in all of the Science and Math courses, as well as possess a CGPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the professional phase of the program.