Clinical Laboratory Science Program Highlights

Why select Clinical Laboratory Science at Winona State University?

  • Winona State University provides a cutting edge learning experience in the laboratory profession as well as many other healthcare fields.  
  • The integration of computer technology into the CLS program provides a quality education for the traditional and non-traditional college student in a supportive learning environment. 
  • The curriculum is challenging and appropriate to the needs of the profession including the development of leadership, management, and educational skills. 
  • Well-equipped laboratory courses provide hands-on experience with complex laboratory testing utilizing manual, semi-automated, and fully automated laboratory instruments and equipment frequently used in the clinical laboratory setting. 
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty actively engage students in the critical thinking process while exploring the theory and application of laboratory testing. 
  • The newest theory and techniques in laboratory testing, such as molecular technology, is incorporated into many of the program specific courses. 
  • After completing the program, the student is prepared to become nationally certified and employed in the laboratory profession. 

Clinical Laboratory Science Mission Statement

The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Winona State University provides future clinical laboratory professionals with the practical skills and theory necessary to promote quality laboratory testing while instilling critical thinking and leadership skills and professional behavior. 

The Clinical Laboratory Science program goals are to:

  • Provide a high-quality education to preparing students for clinical experience and entering the clinical laboratory profession.
  • Support clinical laboratory affiliates in the role of providing practical experience in the clinical laboratory setting.
  • Encourage life-long learning by providing the necessary resources and support.
  • Promote and require safe practice in the laboratory setting resulting in increased safety for the healthcare worker and patient.
  • Promote accuracy and precision as a requirement of laboratory testing.
  • Promote good communication skills, independent and team work, ethical and respectful behavior, and other professional behaviors.
  • Advocate the value of the clinical laboratory profession.
  • Inspire the connection of the laboratory professional’s role to the welfare of the patient.
  • Model the attributes of a respected clinical laboratory professional.

What can I do to prepare for enrollment in one of WSU’s CLS program?

A Bachelor of Science degree requires a number of General Education semester hours designed to enrich the educational experience and prepare students to become active members of a global economy and society. 

Prior to Fall 2011, the WSU undergraduate programs required 46 Universal Studies semester hours.  Beginning Fall 2011, the WSU undergraduate programs will require a minimum of 47 General Education semester hours. 

Some of the General Education credits may transfer from other institutions.  The student’s DARS (Degree Audit Report System) report and individual transcripts are reviewed to determine which courses will transfer.