Clinical Laboratory Science

Bachelor Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science

The educational program in clinical laboratory science through the IU School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is located on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus at the IU Health Pathology Laboratory Building.

Length of Program  Clinical laboratory science is a four-year baccalaureate degree program that is typically full-time. The program is structured in a 3 + 1 arrangement, in which three years are spent in regular college courses in order to complete prerequisite courses and the fourth year is the senior/professional year. The professional year includes both didactic and supervised clinical education experiences. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees who have completed all of their prerequisites may also apply to this program. Upon completion of the professional year, the student will earn a second bachelors degree.  Student may take the three years of required prerequistes at the IU Kokomo.  The campus has a positive reputation for educating and placing qualified students into the senior year of this degree program at IUPUI.

For further information, please contact an advisor at IU Kokomo Allied Health Offices 765-455-9384

Description of the Profession Clinical laboratory science is a diverse, science-based profession aimed at accurate performance of clinical laboratory procedures on biologic samples from patients. Physicians use the results from these procedures in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating diseases. Some of the tasks that clinical laboratory scientists perform are listed below:

  • Analysis of simple/complex chemical components of body fluids
  • Evaluation of cellular components of blood
  • Identification of microorganisms and their antibiotic susceptibilities
  • Preparation of blood components for patient therapy
  • Molecular detection of diseases
  • Evaluation of new techniques, procedures, and instruments

Laboratory personnel continually evaluate the quality of the results from procedures and instruments and solve any problems that relate to inconsistencies. Excellent communication skills are required to interact with other members of the health care team, to teach, and to manage individuals under their supervision.

Clinical laboratory scientists typically work in laboratories located in hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, blood centers, medical research facilities, or medically oriented industries.
or you may contact the program at IUPUI at the following:

Linda M. Marler, M.S. -or- Diane Leland, Ph.D.
Phone: (317) 491-6219 Phone: (317) 491-6646
E-mail: E-mail:
CLS Office Phone: (317) 491-6969

Mailing Address:
Indiana University Clinical Laboratory Science Program
IU Health Pathology Laboratory, Room 6002
350 W 11st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108