Through these affiliated programs, students have the option of obtaining their clinical education at one of several clinical affiliate sites. Students are not accepted into the CLS program if clinical experience cannot be guaranteed.

For consideration for admission, students must meet the essential requirements and complete prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling at UNMC for their senior year.

In all locations, the CLS curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. The program consists of 43 semester hours and begins in late May of each year. Graduates are eligible to apply for ASCP board certification as medical laboratory scientists upon completion of the program. 

The CLS Program has three phases: student laboratory (11 weeks) on the Omaha Campus, first clinical rotation (15 weeks), and second clinical rotation (20 weeks) at assigned locations. At each phase of the program, students must learn to integrate practice with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

The CLS Program provides patient-centered educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology (blood bank), immunology, molecular diagnostics and management. The program emphasizes laboratory principles and procedures, clinical significance and application, principles and practice of quality assurance, principles of laboratory management and supervision, safety, instructional methods, and computer applications. 

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