School of Natural Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Laboratory Science (Bachelor of Science)

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Laboratory Science is aimed at quality performance of clinical laboratory procedures on biological samples from patients. The results of these procedures provide important patient data that aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Medical decisions are often based upon the test results produced by the work of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Laboratory Scientist.

The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Laboratory Science curriculum offered at IU Southeast is provided in partnership with Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.  The degree provides a broadly based prerequisite background including specific chemistry, mathematics, and biological science requirements, as well as the opportunity to select courses from the liberal arts.  The student takes the first two pre-professional years at IU Southeast and the remaining credits of the professional curriculum at Bellarmine University.  Upon completion, the student receives an Indiana University degree.  The curriculum of the Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Laboratory Science program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. 

Non–Indiana University tuition is required for the professional hours at Bellarmine University. However, this cost is not significantly different from the cost of moving and living in Indianapolis for a year combined with the in-state tuition at IUPUI. Any student who is interested in the IU Southeast Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Laboratory Science Program should contact the School of Natural Sciences at (812) 941-2284.

Student Learning Goals

  1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice.
  2. Perform laboratory tests with accuracy and precision. 
  3. Understand and apply laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate ethical and professional behavior.

Clinical Lab Science BS Residency Requirement

Due to the unique nature of this degree, students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science are exempt from the university and School of Natural Sciences' Residency Requirement.  In order to receive the degree from IU Southeast, CLS majors must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in Biological Sciences, including at least two courses with associated lab, in residence at IU Southeast, prior to beginning clinical curriculum at Bellarmine University.

Admission Requirements

Students are considered Pre-Cllinical Lab Science until they are successfully admitted to the Clinical Lab Science program at Bellarmine University.  The allied health sciences program in medical laboratory science will consider all eligible students for admission to the integrated programs offered at Bellarmine University in Louisville.  Pre-allied health students interested in the program are advised that admission into the professional program is not guaranteed.  Students must apply for admission to the professional program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Applicants to the professional program are considered on their own merits without bias concerning sex, color, or creed.  (Note:  admission to Indiana University Southeast does not automatically admit a student into the Medical Laboratory Program at Bellarmine University.)

Bellarmine Medical Lab Science Admission Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum science-math grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum grade of a C in all required courses.
  • Official transcripts for all college course work.
  • An application for admissions to the Medical Laboratory Science degree program at Bellarmine University.  See Bellarmine University website.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement.
  • A personal interview, if requested, by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.

A personal interview, if requested, by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.

General Education Component

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Lab Science must complete the campus General Education Core Requirements.  See General Education Component for all IU Southeast Baccalaureate Degrees for a complete listing of requirements.

Core Program

All courses listed below require a grade of C or better.  Courses marked with an asterisk (*) can be used to satisfy a General Education Core requirement. All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

  • CHEM-C 105* Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 126* Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures
  • MATH-M 122* (or higher) College Algebra
  • BIOL-L 101 Intro to Biological Sciences I
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-K 312 Immunology
  • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
  • BIOL-L 313 Cell Biology Laboratory
  • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.)
  • INFO-I 101 Introduction to informatics (4 cr.)
  • COMM-S 122* Interpersonal Communication

ANAT-A 215 is the preferred course; however, PHSL-P 215 (5 cr.) or BIOL-L 102 (5 cr.) will satisfy the anatomy requirement if the student has pursued a degree requiring either course.

Professional Program Requirements (taken at Bellarmine University)

The last semesters of the degree plan are completed at Bellarmine University. Credit earned is posted as transfer credit on the IU Southeast transcript.  See your academic advisor for a complete listing of current required courses.

Minimum Number of Credit Hours

The Clinical Laboratory Science degree at Bellarmine University is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACL).  Indiana University Southeast CLS majors are required to complete the Indiana University Southeast General Education requirements (30 credits in compliance with IN State requirements).  They also must complete the course and credit hours established by NAACL for this degree, including the prerequisite course work (see above) for admission to the clinical program and the required clinical courses.  Because of these constraints, this program cannot be completed in 120 credit hours but can still be completed in 4 years.

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