Lundy Pentz, coordinator
Clinical laboratory science is the allied health profession of those who perform the major laboratory diagnostic tests in hospitals, clinics, and research laboratories. Mary Baldwin College offers a major in clinical laboratory science in affiliation with local health care facilities such as Augusta Health Medical Center in Fishersville, MCV/VCU, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and Roanoke Memorial Hospital (Carilion). Students complete all MBC graduation and requirements of the major on campus before beginning the clinical year at one of the affiliated schools. All partner hospitals are fully accredited, and their schools of clinical laboratory science are approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Upon completion of all Mary Baldwin College graduation requirements, including requirements for this major and the clinical year, the student graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Mary Baldwin College and a major in clinical laboratory science. See the Web site noted above for additional important details regarding the clinical year. Like other health professionals, the student must not only complete the degree requirements but also must pass the National Registry Examination. While our affiliates have an excellent record in preparing their students for these exams, students should understand that completion of academic requirements does not guarantee certification.
This major requires a substantial portion of the coursework to be completed at the Staunton campus.
Requirements for the Major in Clinical Laboratory Science
77–83 semester hours, including the clinical year
Either an emphasis in biology with seven courses in biology and five courses in chemistry, or an emphasis in chemistry with seven courses in chemistry including at least one 300-level chemistry course and five courses in biology, and in either case including the following courses:
One course in mathematics
Successful completion of the clinical year
Additional courses to complete the first requirement, above, and the total semester hours
Note: Recommended courses: PHYS 201–202 and PSYC 250.
Clinical Laboratory Science Course Descriptions
386, 387 The Clinical Year (15 s.h., 18 s.h.)
The clinical year is a 12-month training period typically beginning in July, but varying among programs. Upon acceptance into a clinical training program, the student registers at Mary Baldwin College for CLS 386 (fall semester, 15 semester hours) and CLS 387 (spring semester, 18 semester hours). The clinical training program is conducted by an affiliated hospital; grading is only pass/no credit, and hospital officials are the sole arbiters of these grades.