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(511004) Associate of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

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Mission: The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Technology program is to prepare qualified individuals to enter the professional healthcare workforce as a medical laboratory technician with knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for professional entry level competence and continued growth throughout their careers in medical laboratory science. LSUA is committed to excellence in the program and dedicated to assisting students receive a comprehensive education and quality laboratory training. 

The Clinical Laboratory Science program prepares students in theoretical and practical skills required for the entry-level practice of clinical laboratory science. 

Under the supervision of a medical technologist/ clinical laboratory scientist, chemical/biological scientist, pathologist and/or other physicians, the CLT performs routine laboratory procedures and tasks in the areas of hematology, parasitology, bacteriology, serology, blood banking, chemistry, and urinalysis.

Upon graduation, students who successfully complete the program of study in clinical laboratory science and pass a national certification examination may apply for positions in hospitals, clinics, medical practices, industry, pharmaceutical sales, research technical sales, reference labs, and laboratory information systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the Associate of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science are presented below:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the entry-level clinical laboratory technician.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate technical skills and delivery of reliable results with assurance and confidence in performing laboratory tasks.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate appropriate professional communication skills, attitudes, and ethics required of medical laboratory technicians.
  4. Graduates will integrate the role and services of medical laboratory technicians with the roles and services of other health care professionals in the delivery of patient care to the consumer/public.
  5. Graduates will recognize that continuing education is necessary for maintenance, certification, and recertification as health care professionals.
  6. Graduates will be academically prepared to apply and seek national certification by examination through a recognized agency.


The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Phone number 773.714.8880; Fax: 773.714.8886.

Institutional Affiliations

  • Avoyelles Hospital
  • Beauregard Memorial Hospital
  • CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
  • LaSalle General Hospital
  • LSUHSC Huey P. Long Medical Center
  • Opelousas General Hospital
  • Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VA)
  • Ville Platte Medical Center 

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to associate degrees as specified on our Academic Requirements site.
  2. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required by the curriculum.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to LSUA as specified on our Applying for Admissions site. The entry into the Clinical Laboratory Science program requires that the applicants meet the following criteria: 

  1. Students must have attained an overall college grade point average of at least 2.0.
  2. Students must have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. Students must be enrolled in CLLT 1010 and/or have completed CLLT 1010 with a “C” or higher.
  4. Students must be able to meet the program’s technical standards/essential requirements.
  5. Students must submit to the Dept. of Allied Health a completed CLLT Application Form and all other required documents by May 1.
  6. Student must attend an admission orientation when the above minimal requirements are met.

Progression Requirements

These following progression criteria apply to the student’s progress prior to and after enrollment in the CLT program:

  1. Prior to entering the CLT program, a student may take any of the academic support courses.
  2. Neither a required academic support course completed more than five years before the time the student is accepted into the program, nor a required CLLT course completed more than three years before the time the student is accepted to LSUA’s program can satisfy degree requirements.
  3. A CLT student must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required by the curriculum.
  4. A CLT student must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to progress in the CLT program.
  5. A student may be dismissed from the CLT program if clinical performance is unsatisfactory.
  6. A student who fails to complete a CLLT course with a “C” or higher for the second time will be subject to dismissal.
  7. If a student is not enrolled in a CLT course for a semester, application for readmission to the CLT program is required.
  8. Hospitalization insurance, lab apparel, and transportation to and from various health facilities are the responsibility of the student.
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