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Clinical Laboratory Science major

Information learned in medical labs affects more than 70 percent of medical decisions. Clinical laboratory science majors analyze bodily fluids and tissues to identify strains of infectious diseases, anemias, toxic substances in the blood stream, cardiac and cancer markers, and more. Using their expertise, knowledge, laboratory skills and astute ability to collect and analyze data, these scientists make incalculable contributions to the diagnosis and management of disease.

Clinical placements before you graduate.

In your senior year of the clinical laboratory science major, you'll be guaranteed a six-month clinical placement in one of the respected hospitals or large clinics located just minutes from campus — a great "been there, done that" advantage for when you take your certification exam.

Pre-med? Think about it.

If you are considering a career in medicine, the major in clinical laboratory science can help you become a more complete doctor. With your preparation for professional lab work, you'll be a doctor who knows how to order the right tests and interpret the results.

Learn from the pros.

All your major courses will be taught by professors and instructors who are certified clinical laboratory scientists, not teaching assistants.

You'll be in demand.

The demand for certified clinical laboratory scientists exceeds supply — there’s a critical national shortage of these experts. Employment opportunities — and pay — for new graduates are high.

Pass with flying colors.

Marquette's clinical laboratory science majors have no trouble making the grade. Ninety-nine percent of our graduates pass the certification exam on their first try. The national average is only 80 percent.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Guided Study in Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • General Biology I & II
  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Modern Elementary Statistics
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Electives


  • Concepts in Clinical Laboratory Medicine
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theology Elective
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Biochemistry


  • Medical Bacteriology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Laboratory Instrumentation
  • Clinical Hematology I
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Elective


(Senior year is a clinical phase consisting of 38 weeks, usually beginning in July)

  • Analytical and Clinical Chemistry
  • Clinical Education Methods — Practicum
  • Clinical Management Concepts — Practicum
  • Clinical Chemistry — Practicum
  • Clinical Hematology II — Practicum
  • Clinical Hemostasis — Practicum
  • Clinical Immunohematology — Practicum
  • Clinical Immunology & Serology — Practicum
  • Clinical Microbiology — Practicum
  • Clinical Urinology — Practicum

Clinical lab

You might like the clinical laboratory science major if you

✓ like the sciences, especially chemistry

✓ want to help people through diagnostic work

What can you do with a major in clinical laboratory science?

Clinical laboratory scienceMost of our students have secured jobs even before they graduate, and 100 percent are employed in the field immediately after graduation. Many take positions in clinical, hospital and research laboratories. This major is also excellent preparation for medical and graduate schools.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in clinical laboratory science.

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