Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences

CLS LabNorthern Michigan University’s School of Clinical Sciences offers a wide range of degree and concentration options in the clinical health and laboratory technology fields. In fact, clinical sciences is a vast field where professionals use laboratory skills and analysis to diagnose and assess patients. In general, students will learn how to obtain, examine, analyze and profile blood, body fluids, microscopic organisms, cells and other materials using laboratory instruments and techniques. At the same time, you will purse your selected degree level and/or concentration, delving deeper into aspects of areas such as computer systems, biopsy and tissue examination, genetic testing or clinical pathology. Our programs feature significant hands-on learning and many of them include an internship component. Our modern laboratories are design for small class size and a lot of personal attention. At the end of your program, you will sit for a national certification board exam in your discipline, allowing you to practice in a variety of healthcare, veterinary, forensic, pharmaceutical and private business or government settings.

Our department takes great pride in our “laddering” curriculum, which allows students to seamlessly continue their education in the clinical sciences, from certificate to associate degree to bachelor’s degree. We are also strong supporters of student research at NMU.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in the clinical sciences will grow between 11-15 percent from the present time until 2020. According to the BLS’s occupational handbook, the nation’s aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures and advances in technology will allow for new types and increases in laboratory analysis.

Outcomes Statistics


Pass Rate
July 2015 - June 2018
Education Rates
July 2015 - June 2018
Graduation Rates
July 2016-June 2019

Clinical Assistant*

100% Employed (3/3)
2 Unknown
100% (1/1)
Medical Lab Technician** 93% (54/58) 98% (59/60) 96% (52/54)
Medical Lab Science** 100% (14/14) 100% (14/14) 100% (14/14)
Diagnostic Molecular Science** 100% (3/3) 100% (7/7) 100% (5/5)
Cytogenetics** 100% (2/2) 100% (2/2) 100% (2/2)

*NAACLS Approved program.

**NAACLS Accredited program. 

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