Purpose: The curriculums presented offer students an opportunity to become nationally certified in one of the following categories: Blood Bank (Immunohematology), Chemistry, Hematology, or Microbiology. National certification facilitates employment in medical laboratories. Some students selecting this option may hold a previously earned bachelor's degree. This program is sometimes referred to as a "Second Degree" program.
Eligibility: Students who are in enrolled at MSU in a degree-seeking major; either undergraduate, graduate, or those enrolled as a second degree-candidate re- eligible to apply. All must formally apply to the clinical laboratory science (CLS) major. Application criteria may be found at: http://bld.msu.edu
Credentialing: The student must complete the appropriate course work, complete the clinical experience, and then that student is eligible to write for the categorical exam in the specific discipline offered by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (ASCP). Specific details are explained in the NCA manual or on the web at www.ascp.org.
Clinical Phase: The candidate for the categorical will be placed at a clinic site affiliated with the MSU CLS Program, as space permits.