Clinical Laboratory Science

Phone: 715-346-3766

Email: shcp@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/cls

715-346-3766

shcp@uwsp.edu
www.uwsp.edu/cls

UW-Stevens Point Clinical Laboratory Science graduates at work

  • Tricia Follett Welch '93Staff Medical Technologist at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay
  • Charlotte Cormier '84Medical Technologist-Senior at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison
  • Denny Monfort '13Medical Technologist at Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, Fla.

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Phone: 715-346-3766

Email: shcp@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/cls

Choose Clinical Laboratory Science at UW-Stevens Point

The clinical laboratory science (CLS) program within the School of Health Care Professions (SHCP) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is among the largest in the state and one of only three in the state with national accreditation. As such, our program quality is on 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.

As a clinical lab science major, you’ll learn and work in state-of-the-art lab settings on campus where practical experiences are provided in a dedicated laboratory with an adjacent resource room. An additional instrumentation laboratory enhances your preclinical exposure to a variety of test procedures, preparing you for your final clinical placement in a hospital laboratory.

Career opportunities in Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical laboratory science professionals integrate biology, chemistry and medicine to provide the information necessary to maintain proper health and diagnose, monitor and treat diseases. They're employed at hospitals, clinics, public health laboratories, epidemiology, research, industry or forensic science. Three options are offered in UW-Stevens Point’s clinical laboratory science program: cytotechnology, histotechnology and medical technology.
  1. Cytotechnology 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.
  2. Histotechnology allows you to prepare, process and stain tissue from surgery and autopsies for microscopic examination. Histologic techniques, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, enzyme histochemistry, DNA probes and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques represent some areas of interest.
  3. Medical technology 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 and conduct research.

Building your résumé

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.

As a major in clinical laboratory science, you are required to complete a clinical practicum during your final year. Our faculty and staff facilitate placements to make sure you find the right fit.

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.

Outside the classroom

You’ll have the chance to join the Sigma Mu Tau student organization which strives to develop social and professional interest in health-related fields among the student population at UW-Stevens Point. As a member, you will help with blood drives, raise funds for overseas orphanages and network with professionals in your field.

Student support services

Clinical laboratory science students are advised in the SHCP Advising Center during their first two years. You are typically assigned faculty advisers after completing 30-45 credits. You will work with an adviser to develop a plan to meet your educational, career and life goals.