Clinical laboratory scientists are an important part of a healthcare team, working with physicians to provide quality patient care. These healthcare professionals perform clinical laboratory tests that help physicians prevent, detect, and treat disease. It has been estimated that 70% of medical decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment are based on these laboratory test results. The majority of clinical laboratory scientists are employed by hospital or clinic laboratories, but there are other diverse opportunities including research, industry, sales, public health, veterinary clinics, education, laboratory management, and self-employed consultants.
The Baylor CLS degree is set up as a 3+1 program, where students spend 3 years on the Baylor campus completing required non-clinical coursework and then apply for clinical training at one of our affiliated programs, where they spend their 4th year.
Baylor is affiliated with 3 clinical training programs:
Baylor Scott & White and Methodist Hospital are a full year (August through August).
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Baylor's CLS major is not intended for students interested in pursuing medical, dental, PA school, etc. It will not meet the course requirements for entry into these programs. Furthermore, the most competitive applicants for the clinical training year are those who are committed to pursuing CLS as a career, rather
You can use our transfer equivalency tool found at this link to determine if courses would transfer to Baylor. However, keep in mind that you are still required to complete a minimum of 60 hours on the Baylor campus before entering your clinical training year. Additionally, because the clinical training portion of our program does not occur on the Baylor campus, we do not accept clinical transfer work.
Most CLS training programs accept students with a Bachelor's degree, so long as they have the prerequisite math and science coursework. For example, if you have a Biology degree as well as the prerequisite math and science coursework, you could apply for admission into a CLS training program. This option is oftentimes referred to as a 4+1 program.
Because the clinical training portion of our program does not occur on the Baylor campus, we do not accept clinical transfer work. If you have received credit for non-clinical coursework, it is possible that some of those courses could transfer to Baylor. You can use our transfer equivalency tool found at this link to determine if any of those courses would transfer as courses required by our CLS degree. Also be aware that even if you are able to transfer in some of your courses, you are still required to complete a minimum of 60 hours on the Baylor campus before entering your clinical training year.