The Division of Clinical Laboratory Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program and a Molecular Diagnostic Science (MDS) program.
The CLS program prepares professionals who are competent in performing and interpreting a wide variety of laboratory tests used in healthcare and other settings, ensuring the quality and validity of results, and explaining the appropriate use and meaning of tests to other health care professionals. It is a two-year program covering the major areas of clinical laboratory science: hematology, hemostasis, microbiology, chemistry, immunohematology and immunology. In the first year of the program, students take lecture and laboratory courses emphasizing the principles and procedures involved in laboratory testing. The second year involves advanced coursework and clinical laboratory rotations in area hospitals. The CLS program culminates in a bachelor of science degree (BSCLS).
The MDS program prepares professionals who are competent in performing and interpreting molecular-based laboratory tests, explaining the appropriate use and meaning of molecular-based tests to other health care professionals, and establishing and validating new molecular methods in a clinical laboratory. It is a two-year program combining on-line courses, on-campus laboratory courses, clinical rotations and on-campus presentations to provide excellent preparation in the theory, practice, and professional skills needed for clinical competency in molecular diagnostic science. The MDS program culminates in a master’s degree (MCLS-MDS).
The UNC-CH MDS program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720; Rosemont, IL 60018.