Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

As a Clinical Laboratory Science student at Newcastle University, you'll learn how to work with complex, precision instruments and a variety of automated and electronic laboratory equipment. Once you earn your bachelor's degree in our Clinical Laboratory Science program, you'll be a skilled professional who can help medical teams of pathologists, specialists, technologists, and technicians determine the presence, extent, or absence of disease, and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.

If you have qualifying prior credit to apply, you can complete your Clinical Laboratory Science degree in less time, allowing you to launch or advance your career sooner. And because not many universities offer CLS as a bachelor's degree, you'll be adding a unique credential to your resumé.

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Graduation Requirements: 9 full-time semesters, 132 credit hours

Related Programs: Consider our bachelor's degree program in Biomedical Engineering Technology through the College of Engineering and Information Sciences.


Clinical Laboratory Science Courses

Focusing on applying concepts and skills to real-world situations, Newcastle's Clinical Laboratory Science program curriculum includes these career-enhancing courses:

  • Laboratory Science Career Entry Exploration and Phlebotomy – Students in this clinical laboratory science course explore career opportunities associated with professions in pathology by interacting with other members of the healthcare team to understand the role of the clinical laboratory scientist. Special emphasis is placed on the practice of phlebotomy and securing specimens for testing.
  • Preprofessional Practice for the Clinical Laboratory – To prepare for preceptorship in clinical laboratory science practice, students in this course perform an individualized health assessment in terms of vaccinations and accepting personal responsibility in adhering to safe practices: apply rules and regulations of health information; incorporate behavior principles of safety and infection control; and model the role of the clinical laboratory scientist.
  • Clinical Chemistry – This clinical course describes principles and procedure for performing clinical lab tests for carbohydrates lipids, proteins, heme derivatives, enzymes, liver function, urinalysis, spinal fluid, electrolytes, acid-base blood gases, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology, endocrine systems, and trace elements.
  • Clinical Laboratory Operations and Management – Examines principles of lab management, including fiscal and regulatory aspects, this clinical laboratory science course explores quality control and assessment as tools for excellence in lab services. Use of lab information systems as management resources and for business and strategic planning is introduced.

Graduate Success

From career-focused programs to our results-driven career services team, our focus is on preparing you for your chosen career. The proof is in the numbers. In 2012, 100% of Newcastle University Clinical Laboratory Science program graduates actively seeking employment had careers in their field within 6 months of graduation at an average salary of $46,176.*

* Figure based on 2012 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.       

Clinical Laboratory Science Careers Overview

Today, over 3,000 laboratory tests are used for diagnostic evaluations. With the completion of the Human Genome Project, introduction of new medical technologies will cause this number to more than double. Because of these medical and technological advances, the clinical laboratory science career field is growing faster than the average for all other occupations1. As a result, highly trained clinical laboratory scientists will be needed to perform these tests and interpret their results. A Newcastle University education can help you gain these talents and take your place in this rewarding clinical laboratory science occupation.


Clinical laboratory scientists are in hot demand in a number of diverse environments, including:

·         Biotechnology firms

·         Center for Disease Control

·         Clinics

·         Diagnostic testing companies

·         Food and Drug Administration

·         Government agencies

·         Health maintenance organizations

·         Hospitals

·         Medical equipment companies

·         National Institute of Health

·         Peace Corps/Vista

·         Pharmaceutical companies

·         Physician's offices

·         Private & nonprofit organizations

·         Research foundations

·         State and Municipal Departments of Health

·         U.S. Armed Services

·         U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

·         U.S. Department of Justice

·         U.S. Department of State


Career Options

Newcastle University graduates in Clinical Laboratory Science will be prepared for careers such as:

Analytical Chemist



Blood Bank Technologist


Crime Lab Analyst


Food and Drug Inspector

Medical Librarian

Medical Equipment Sales Rep



Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

Public Health Specialist

Quality Control Specialist

Research Assistant


Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Health and Sciences Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science  degree program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for Health and Sciences and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for Health and Sciences education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

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