Clinical Laboratory Science, B.A.S.

Program Code


Program Overview

The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program prepares you to work as a medical technologist in a clinical setting such as a hospital, medical center, or reference laboratory. Successful completion of all degree requirements may make you eligible to take a medical technologist certification exam offered by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) or the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP). If you are a student who resides outside of Florida or plans to relocate outside of Florida, Santa Fe College has made the determination that this degree program or curriculum only meets educational requirements for professional licensure in the state of Florida. Please contact the Licensure Board in your state to determine whether this program or curriculum will meet any licensure requirements.


This B.A.S. program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted by phone at 773-714-8880, by internet at, by email at, or by mail at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018.

Median Pay*
$60,780 per year
$29.22 per hour

*Salary information provided by O*NET OnLine.

Acceptance Criteria

In order to qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Clinical Laboratory Science, students must:

  • Be able to perform the following essential functions:
  • Ability to use oral and written communication effectively in the English language and to read, understand and follow directions both written and oral.
  • Display manual dexterity required to perform laboratory tasks, e.g. operation of various instruments, performance of phlebotomy and pipetting procedures, and manual entry of data into computers.
  • Demonstrate microscopic and macroscopic visual acuity required to perform all technical activities requiring visual skills.
  • Have a 2.5 overall GPA in previous coursework.
  • Have earned a minimum of an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree from a regionally accredited educational institution or 60 credit hours*.
  • Have successfully completed the following common program prerequisite courses (or appropriate substitutions) with a grade of C or higher:
    • BSC2010 - Core Biology 1 / BSC2010L - Core Biology 1 Lab (4 credits)
    • MCB2010 - Introduction to Microbiology / MCB2010L - Introduction to Microbiology Lab (4 credits)
    • BSC2085 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 / BSC2085L - Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab & BSC2086 - Anatomy and Physiology 2 / BSC2086L - Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (8 credits)
    • CHM2045 - College Chemistry 1 / CHM2045L - College Chemistry 1 Lab, CHM2046 - College Chemistry 2 / CHM2046L - College Chemistry 2 Lab, CHM2210 - Organic Chemistry 1 / CHM2210L - Organic Chemistry 1 Lab, CHM2211 - Organic Chemistry 2 / CHM2211L-Organic Chemistry 2 Lab (16 credits)
    • STA2023 - Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

*Applicants that have not completed an associate degree may need to complete general education requirements before graduation.

All tuition and fees are estimated costs and subject to change without notice.

Program Costs Breakdown

Tuition for 6 Credit Hours (Clinical Lab Science Core courses - Lower Division):

  • $640.62 Florida Residents
  • $2,297.40 Non-Florida Residents

Tuition for 58 Credit Hours (Clinical Lab Science Core courses - Upper Division):

  • $7,327.14 Florida Residents
  • $24,872.14 Non-Florida Residents

Tuition for 35 Credit Hours (General Education Requirements):

  • $3,736.95 Florida Residents
  • $13,401.50 Non-Florida Residents

Tuition for 26 Credit Hours (Additional Prerequisites):

  • $2,776.02 Florida Residents
  • $9,955.40 Non-Florida Residents

Lab Fees: *Cost varies per course


  • $1,648 (estimated cost)

Internship Fees:

  • $123.00 Background Checks
  • $135.00 Drug Screen (if required)
  • $55.00 Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED & First Aid
  • $20.00 HIV/AIDS Course (CE Broker)
  • *Cost varies - Physical/Vaccinations (dependent on provider and insurance)

Program Cost Totals:

  • $16,426.73 Florida Residents
  • $52,472.44 Non-Florida Residents


There are many scholarships available for Santa Fe College students to apply to. Please visit the Scholarships webpage for more information and how to apply.

Financial Aid

There are many options to finance your education. You may be eligible for Federal Grants, Work Study, State Grants, Federal Loans, and Institutional Scholarships. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information and how to apply.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the Santa Fe's Clinical Laboratory Science – Medical Laboratory Science Track, MLS graduates will be prepared to:

  • Supervise, train, or direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians or technologists, or other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.
  • Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
  • Communicate effectively with health care providers and the public.
  • Continue to learn throughout their professional careers.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of the MCLS-MLS program, students will be able to:

  • Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
  • Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
  • Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.
  • Collect and study blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, or compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
  • Enter data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage.
  • Establish or monitor quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.
  • Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.
  • Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.
  • Develop, standardize, evaluate, or modify procedures, techniques, or tests used in the analysis of specimens or in medical laboratory experiments.
  • Harvest cell cultures at optimum time, based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions. Select and prepare specimens and media for cell cultures, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.
  • Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.

Starting as a freshman, the suggested course sequence for this program schedules a full load of classes each semester including summers over four years for a total of 125 semester credit hours. If starting as a junior with the required prerequisites, the suggested sequence of courses takes two years including summers to complete. Students from other colleges and universities requesting to enter the upper division portion of the program must document comparable prerequisite course work before admission to the program.

Students must have a grade of "C" or better in all 3000 or 4000 level courses.

Baccalaureate students will enroll in courses full-time and will complete a clinical internship in the five specialty license areas in their final year at affiliated laboratories. Part time students will be allowed to take courses if space is available. The clinical affiliate internships will only be offered on a full-time basis after completion of all didactic coursework and serve as an evaluation point at which the students must demonstrate mastery of the program's learning outcomes. To ensure equity across sites, the SF Clinical Director works closely with all affiliate institutions to ensure that students gain proficiency in the skills needed to enter the Clinical Laboratory workforce.

Upon completion of all program requirements, students will graduate with a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Graduates are then eligible for certification as a medical technologist by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) and American Medical Technologist (AMT) at which point they may apply for licensure in the state of Florida.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Clinical Laboratory Science Completion Overview of Credits Required:

  • Program prerequisite courses: 32 credit hours
  • General Education courses: 29 credit hours
  • Biotechnology Lower Division Core Courses: 6 credit hours
  • CLS Upper Division Core Courses: 58 credit hours
  • Total required credit hours for program: 125 credit hours

Clinical Laboratory Science Course Timeline (course offerings are subject to change):

Term 1 (Fall)

  • BSC2426C Methods 1 (3 credit hours)
  • MLT2022C Introduction to Clinical Lab Science (3 credit hours)
  • BCH3023 Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • HSC3555C Pathophysiology (3 credit hours) = 12 credits

Term 2 (Spring)

  • MLS4460C Pathogenic Microbiology (5 credits)
  • PCB3134/L Molecular Biology (4 credit hours)
  • PCB4233 Immunology (3 credits)
  • MLS4824L Serology (1 credit) = 13 Credits

Term 3 (Summer)

  • MCB4503 Virology (3 credit hours)
  • MLS4308/L Hematology (4 credits)
  • MLS3705 Lab Management (2 credit hours)
  • MLS4191/L Molecular Diagnostics (3 credits) = 12 Credits

Term 4 (Fall)

  • MLS4550/L Immunohematology (4 credit hours)
  • MLS4625/L Clin Chem (4 credits)
  • MLS4825L Urinalysis/Body Fluids (1 credit)
  • MLS4150 Clinical Correlations (2 credits)
  • MLS4038L Introduction to Clinical Internships (1 credit hour) = 12 Credits

Term 5 (Spring)

  • MLS4820L Clinical Chemistry Internship (4 credits)
  • MLS4821L Microbiology Internship (4 credits)
  • MLS4822L Hematology Internship (4 credits)
  • MLS4823L Immunohematology Internship (3 credits) = 15 Credits

CLS students must be able to:

  • Possess sufficient eyesight to observe, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures.
  • Possess sufficient hearing to communicate, manipulate, and evaluate computerized instrumentation and perform laboratory testing Procedures.
  • Possess sufficient critical thinking, problem solving and ethical practice within the course and all laboratory practice settings.
  • Possess sufficient English verbal and written skills to communicate effectively.
  • Possess sufficient fine motor coordination to safely perform laboratory techniques to determine differences between diagnostic elements in clinical specimens.
  • Possess sufficient intellectual and emotional abilities to exercise independent judgment and discretion
  • Perform mathematical and scientific data to medical testing interpretation and other laboratory practices.
  • Maintain respectful and effective communication in professional interactions.
  • Perform procedures efficiently and under stressful situations and environments.

Program Effectiveness captures the quality of a program using qualitative data such as the pass rate for the National Board Exam ASCP, program completion rate and job placement rate.

Program Outcomes

ASCP Pass Rate:

  • Students who graduated between 7/1/2023-6/30/2024 - 75%
  • Students who graduated between 7/1/2022-6/30/2023 - 56%
  • Students who graduated between 7/1/2021-6/30/2022 - 82%
  • 3-year average pass rate - 71%

Program Completion Rate

Expected Level of Achievement: 95% or greater for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) students who successfully completed the CLS program:

  • Academic year 2022 - 2023 graduation rate was 100%
  • Academic year 2021 - 2022 graduation rate was 95%
  • Academic year 2020 - 2021 graduation rate was 95%
  • 3-year average - 97%

Employed in Field:

  • Employed graduates 7/1/2022-6/30/2023 - 100%
  • Employed graduates 7/1/2021-6/14/2022 - 88.8%
  • Employed graduates 7/1/2020-6/30/2021 - 93.3%
  • 3-year average - 94%

Required internship is 20 - 22 weeks depending on the clinical site. Required rotations include Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, Blood Banking and Urinalysis.


The Cost of Attendance (COA) is not the bill that you will receive from Santa Fe College. It is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend Santa Fe College for one academic year including tuition, books, course materials, living expenses, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Tuition and fees in the cost of attendance below are calculated for credit hour programs, assuming enrollment in 12 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters. Actual tuition and fees may vary by program. For a better understanding of your chosen program’s tuition and fees, see program costs above.

Undergraduate Lower Division Courses (A.A./A.S. Degree Courses)

  Off-Campus* Off-Campus w/ Parent**

Tuition and Fees

In-State: $106.77 per credit
Out-Of-State: $382.90 per credit

In-State: $2,563

Out-Of-State: $9,190

In-State: $2,563

Out-Of-State: $9,190

Books, Course Materials,
Supplies, and Equipment

$783 $783
Living Expenses
(Food & Housing)
$10,367 $3,654
Personal Expenses
$2,394 $2,394
Transportation $1,197 $3,942

In-State: $17,304

Out-Of-State: $23,931

In-State: $13,336

Out-Of-State: $19,963

Undergraduate Upper Division Courses (Bachelor's Degree Courses)

  Off-Campus* Off-Campus w/ Parent**

Tuition and Fees

In-State: $126.33 per credit
Out-Of-State: $428.83 per credit

In-State: $3,032

Out-Of-State: $10,292

In-State: $3,032

Out-Of-State: $10,292

Books, Course Materials,
Supplies, and Equipment
$783 $783
Living Expenses
(Food & Housing)
$10,367 $3,654
Personal Expenses
$2,394 $2,394
Transportation $1,197 $3,942

In-State: $17,773

Out-Of-State: $25,033

In-State: $13,805

Out-Of-State: $21,065

*Off-Campus: you intend to live off-campus but not with your parent(s).

**Off-Campus with Parent: you intend to live with your parent(s) or other relatives.

Note: All costs and rates are subject to change for the upcoming year.

For more detailed information, visit SF's Cost of Attendance page.


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