The Clinical Laboratory Science Program was developed to meet the changing needs of the clinical hospital laboratory. Since its inception in 1951 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the program has graduated more than 600 clinical scientists. In 1997, the program became part of Our Lady of the Lake College.
The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) is to provide the community with cognizant and adept scientists capable of competing in today’s progressive job market. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful in the CLS profession. They will be able to perform a wide array of laboratory testing as well as interpret and analyze the results of such testing in the diagnosis of human disease.
Our Lady of the Lake College applications for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program are due on or before March 15th each academic year. Class size is determined by the availability of clinical sites.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences consists of 123 total credit hours. The core curriculum and program prerequisites are designed to be completed in a 2-year period. The CLS program coursework/clinical portion of the program is set up to be completed within 2 years.
Applications are issued with the approval of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences’ program director. If you have questions contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700.
See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee schedule.
Our Lady of the Lake College has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. See Financial Aid for more details.
See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Further information regarding transfer of credit can be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Credit for college level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination. Time limits for transferability of some courses may exist.
Louisiana requires licensure for all CLS professionals. Graduates must pass a national certification examination in order to qualify for permanent state licensure and for employment. According to the US Department of Labor, the employment of clinical laboratory scientists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016 and the future job outlook is predicated to be excellent because the number of job openings is expected to continue to exceed the number of job seekers. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Although the majority of clinical laboratory scientists are employed by hospitals, graduates are also employed in medical and diagnostic laboratories, physicians’ offices/clinics, blood banks, research facilities, crime/forensic laboratories, colleges/universities, industry, and by the Federal Government.
Students successfully completing the program are eligible to take the national certification examination. Graduation from OLOL College with a Bachelor’s degree in CLS is not dependent upon taking or passing a national certification examination.
Our Lady of the Lake College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Our Lady of the Lake College. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880).