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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Laboratory Science

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220 Pasteur Hall (507.457.5270)
Judith A. Loewen (Program Director)  (507.457.2993)

WSU Directors

Judith A. Loewen, MT, (ASCP); Program Director, Assistant Professor; BS, University of Minnesota; MS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; 2008 -
Dr. Frances R. Ragsdale, Educational Coordinator, Professor; BS, Eastern Oregon State College; MS, Southeastern Louisiana University; PhD, University of Idaho; 1993 -

Adjunct Faculty

Note: ASCP = American Society of Clinical Pathology

Community Memorial Hospital, Winona, Minnesota
† Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois
Donna M. Wray, MT (ASCP), Program Director
† Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Minneapolis, Minnesota
Robbi Montgomery, MLS, MT (ASCP) SI, CLS (NCA) MSEd, SBB, Program Director
† Mercy College of Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Science Program, Des Moines, Iowa
Kyla Deibler, MS, MLS (ASCP), Program Chairperson
† University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Ruth Paur, MS, MT (ASCP), CLS, (NCA), PhD, Program Director
Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairperson
† University of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
Judith Kittleson, MT (ASCP), Site Coordinator
Children’s Hospital, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
Danny Gebrekidan, MT (ASCP) SBB. CLSC completion coordinator and instructor. 

† Schools with which WSU has affiliated internship programs.

Program Overview

The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program is a four-year course of instruction administered by the Biology Department and the College of Science and Engineering, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science. It includes two options: a traditional four-year program (CLS) and a completion program (CLSC) for students who are already certified as Medical Laboratory Technicians. Both include coursework and clinical training at an approved clinical site. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for examination by two certifying agencies, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). Successful completion of these exams leads to certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Laboratory Scientist.  Students entering this program should consult with the Program Director prior to declaring this major.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and certification are employed in hospital and clinical settings, where they are responsible for a variety of analyses of fluids and other types of specimens. They may also specialize in one area, such as blood banking or clinical microbiology. This degree also provides the appropriate preparation for students interested in continuing their education toward a graduate degree or a certificate field such as physiology, microbiology, or cytogenetics.

General Education Program

Students may use Intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Intensive requirements and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The Biology Department offers the following intensive courses in the General Education Program:


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Math/Critical Analysis (◆)
Writing (△)

Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy requirements for the Clinical Laboratory Science major are identified in the lists of required courses and electives in this section.

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