Listed as one of the "top 20 best available jobs" in health care, a clinical laboratory scientist performs a variety of full-range laboratory tests that assist physicians in evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients. In addition to examining blood, tissue and body-fluid specimens through a microscope, a CLS is responsible for operating and correlating sophisticated and complex instrumentation.
A CLS is a problem-solver who likes challenge and responsibility. These individuals are very reliable, work well under pressure and set high standards for themselves. In addition, this very important job that often determines the course of treatment for patients, requires excellent communication skills, a deep commitment to the profession and a continued fascination with science.
College of DuPage offers a two-year Associate in Science degree transfer program. After earning an A.S. degree at College of DuPage, a student then makes a seamless transfer to either Northern Illinois University (NIU) or Illinois State University (ISU) as a junior to pursue a bachelor's degree in Clinical Lab Science.