Frequently Asked Questions (CLS) Major
What is a Clinical Lab Scientist?
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.
What are some other advantages of a career in Clinical Laboratory Science?
- Clinical Laboratory Scientists are in high demand throughout the United States
- Excellent starting salaries, advancement opportunities, and job security
- Opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment on a daily basis
- Be actively involved in improving patient health and saving lives
- Ability to use your problem-solving skills to solve medical puzzles on a daily basis
How does the CLS degree work at Baylor?
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.
Which clinical training programs is Baylor affiliated with?
Baylor is affiliated with 3 clinical training programs:
- Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas
- Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas
- Tarleton State University in Fort Worth, Texas
How long is the clinical training portion of the program?
Baylor Scott & White and Methodist Hospital are a full year (August through August).
What are the requirements for the degree?
Click here for degree requirements.
Will Baylor's CLS degree fulfill the requirements for professional school, i.e. medical, dental, PA schools?
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
Can I transfer credits to Baylor from another institution?
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.
Are there other paths for obtaining CLS certification?
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.
I am already certified as a Medical Technologist. Will any of my course credits or clinical training transfer to Baylor?
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.