The clinical laboratory science (CLS) program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is among the largest in the state and one of the few with national accreditation. As such, our program quality is in par with the best in the nation, and we can choose clinical sites for you without being restricted to the few Wisconsin hospitals with their own accreditation. In addition, our students have a 95 percent pass rate on the required national exam compared to 70 percent nationally.
The Clinical Laboratory Science Major
Clinical Laboratory Science professionals integrate biology, chemistry, and medicine in order to provide the information necessary to maintain proper health and diagnose, monitor, and treat diseases. They may be employed in hospitals, clinics, public health laboratories, epidemiology, research, industry, or forensic science. Three options are offered in UW-Stevens Point’s CLS program:Cytotechnology Option
prepares you to serve as a detective, searching for signs of disease by distinguishing gross and subtle changes in human cells found in any tissue or fluid of the body.Histotechnology Option
allows you to prepare, process, and stain tissue from surgery and autopsies for microscopic examination. Histologic techniques, histochemis-try, immunohistochemistry, enzyme histochemistry, DNA probes, and PCR techniques represent some areas of interest.Medical Technology Option
focuses upon the clinical areas of Microbiology, Immunology, Hematology, Immunohematology, Chemistry, Molecular Pathology, Body Fluid Analysis, and Laboratory Management. As a medical technologist you would provide the essential testing to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients as well as develop test procedures, assure quality performance, and conduct research.
As a CLS major, you’ll learn and work in state-of-the-art lab settings.
You’ll discover a community that shares your interests when you join Sigma Mu Tau, our organization for students in health care fields. This organization also provides a place where you can exchange your ideas with other students and interact with professionals working in the field as well as participate in community service projects and educational field trips.
Scientists know that their work is meant to be shared—that’s why, in your senior year, you’ll participate in oral and poster research presentations on campus and at the state convention of the Wisconsin Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
You’ll also have the chance to interact with experts at the state and national levels, thanks to our cooperative programming and distance-education technologies.