Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

Clinical Laboratory Sciences


Suzanne Phillips

Aims of the Program

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program prepares students to be certified clinical laboratory technologists in hospitals and other clinical laboratory settings.

Program (Click for more info)

Southwestern Adventist University offers a Bachelor of Science degree (131-138 semester hours) in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. This degree is offered in affiliation with Tarleton State University in Fort Worth, Texas or Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The first three years are completed at the Southwestern Adventist University campus. The fourth year (12-14 months) of the program consists of clinical training to be completed at one of the affiliated hospital-based programs. Tarleton State University starts classes in July and January and may require additional prerequisite classes such as physics and biochemistry. Andrews University classes start in June. The program is accredited by the Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation in conjunction with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Each student must apply to the hospital training program of his/her choice, preferably early in the junior year. Acceptance into the Southwestern Adventist University program and declaration as a Clinical Laboratory Sciences major does not imply that the student will be accepted for the senior clinical year by an affiliated hospital program. The student is encouraged to maintain a science and an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher. The criteria for student selection by an affiliated hospital institution include scholastic ability, completed application materials, letters of reference, and a personal interview. At least 32 of the last 38 semester hours of academic work taken prior to the senior clinical year must be taken in residence at Southwestern Adventist University. Sixteen of the 32 hours must be science courses. English as a Second Language courses are not applicable toward residency.

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