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Clinical Laboratory Science

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program (CLS) provides students with a broad academic experience from education in the liberal arts to hands-on clinical laboratory experience. Thus, students are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities. Clinical Lab Scientists carry out diagnostic procedures in clinical and industrial laboratories, and they are the indis­pensable, top-level laboratory personnel, that is, supervisors, specialists, and teachers. Many CLS graduates become active in medical research, and opportunities in independent laboratories and biotechnology industries are increasing. The Clinical Laboratory Science Program can also prepare students for graduate work leading to advanced degrees.

Students interested in obtaining certification as medical technologists from the board of Registry of Medical Technologists or the National Certification Agency for Medical Labora­tory Personnel will complete a 3+1 year program [three years of academic work at EC + one year competitive admission clinical internship] leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

Those electing a five-year program leading to a CLS certification will take the four-year con­centration in Biology or Biology-Chemistry at the College receiving their bachelor’s degree. Students then complete twelve months of additional training at any hospital clinical didactic program accredited by the Registry of Medical Technologists in preparation for certification.

Elmira College's 3+1 program includes a three-year concentration in Clinical Laboratory Science at the College, followed by twelve months of hospital training in preparation for certification. Students electing this program receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmira College at the end of the four years of combined college and hospital instructional programs. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the CLS Program Advisor, Dr. Bezotte, on a yearly basis.

Financial arrangements for the combined college-hospital program include two options. Students are advised to select the option which is commensurate with their financial circum­stances. Students must apply for acceptance to one of our clinical affiliations after completion of three years at E.C. Upon acceptance they may choose to withdraw from the college and pay their fourth year of tuition to the clinical program. An optional arrangement is for students to register for and pay the fourth year tuition and fees to Elmira. Students selecting this option will register for the 32 credit clinical internship. The College will, in turn, pay the Program tuition. A program registration fee and room and board are the responsibility of the student. The College’s Dean of Financial Aid will be able to assist students in determining which option is most beneficial. Elmira College has affiliation agreements with the Clini­cal Laboratory Sciences Program at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania, directed by Mr. Brian Spezialetti, M.S. and The WCA Hospital Medical Labratory Science Program; Jamestown, NY, Ms. Michelle Harms, program director.