Clinical Laboratory Science (BA)
A high-demand career dedicated to finding answers.
Clinical laboratory science is an exciting allied health field dedicated to helping medical professionals find answers through diagnostic testing. There are many roles involved in collecting, preparing, and analyzing lab samples, from phlebotomist to histotechnician to medical laboratory assistant. In addition to formal training, many specialized lab technician and technologist positions require national certification. Mary Baldwin prepares you for the national registry exam through rigorous academics and a year-long clinical placement in an NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory scientist program at a partner healthcare facility.
- Time to finish
- 4 years
- In person
- Bachelor of Arts
- Biology Emphasis
Why Study Clinical Laboratory Science at Mary Baldwin?
A leader in health sciences education in the greater Shenandoah Valley, Mary Baldwin University is an ideal place to begin your clinical laboratory career.
Features & Benefits
- Small classes sizes and personalized attention
- Two emphasis areas to choose from: biology or chemistry
- Access to modern lab facilities, equipment, and instrumentation
- Professional lab experience through a 12-month clinical placement
- Plenty of ways to get involved on campus, including health professions-related clubs and organizations, such as the American Chemical Society
- Strong industry partnerships across the region
Immersive Learning: Year-Long Clinical Placement
The final aspect of your clinical laboratory science education is a 12-month clinical training placement at a local healthcare facility. As you rotate through different labs, you will interact with lab professionals and medical practitioners — and develop valuable skills and professional relationships along the way.
All partner clinical sites are fully accredited and house NAACLS-accredited clinical laboratory scientist programs; they include:
- Augusta Health in Fishersville
- Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
- Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg
Your rotations will include a variety of different labs, including histotechnology, hematology, urinalysis/body fluids, blood bank, immunology/serology, microbiology, and clinical chemistry.
What You’ll Learn as a Lab Science Major
Before you embark on your year-long clinical placement, you’ll build a foundation in chemistry and biology through core courses. You’ll round out your major requirements with electives from your chosen emphasis areas (either biology or chemistry).
Sample core and elective courses include:
The basic biology of bacteria and other microbes, with an emphasis on metabolic diversity, the disease process, and microbial ecology. The laboratory introduces methods for microbial culture and identification through student-designed experiments. Lecture and lab.
The physiology, cell biology, genetics, and health implications of the immune system, with an emphasis on experimental evidence and the reasoning behind our current understanding.
A survey of organic chemistry, using the functional group approach, emphasizing the properties, stereochemistry, preparative methods, and reaction mechanisms of the following principal classes of organic compounds: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and arenes. In the associated lab, students develop competence in organic synthetic work, and in analysis of their products using modern spectroscopic instrumentation.
What You Can Do With a Clinical Laboratory Science Degree
A degree in clinical laboratory science — sometimes referred to as medical laboratory science — opens the door to careers in a range of lab settings, including within hospitals, outpatient facilities, research centers, and even law enforcement agencies. Titles and responsibilities will vary from place to place, but some recent alumni examples include:
- Specimen management tech
- Field and laboratory technician
A degree in clinical laboratory science can also serve as a foundation for further study in the life sciences, such as earning a master’s or PhD in epidemiology, entomology, biochemistry, or public health administration.
Looking ahead to graduate school, Mary Baldwin’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences offers several master’s and doctoral programs. MBU undergraduate students are able to take advantage of a guaranteed interview program at Murphy Deming.
Unique student support
The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.
Cost & Financial Aid
A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.
MBU helps you fast-track your path to a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.
- Cost per credit hour: $486
- Credits required for a bachelor’s degree: 120