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2014-2015 Academic Catalog (August 2014 - July 2015) 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog (August 2014 - July 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry - Clinical Laboratory Science Option (BS)

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The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry (Clinical Laboratory Science Option) allows graduates the opportunity to become nationally certified Medical Technologists (MT) by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The program requires off-campus study at an accredited teaching hospital during the fourth year. Career information can be found at www.ascp.org

This degree is not for aspiring Medical Lab Technicians (MLT), who will usually attend programs at 2-year colleges. Students interested in clinical laboratory science will take three years (98 semester hours) of academic work at Concord and apply for competitive admission to a twelve-month internship in residence (the fourth year) at a hospital-based School of Medical Technology. Applicants are selected by the hospital for admission to the professional curriculum based upon the student’s academic record, an interview with the hospital personnel, and letters of reference. Registration for courses taken during the professional clinical year will occur at the hospital. Concord University does not charge tuition or fees during this clinical year; however, students usually pay a fee and/or tuition to the hospital for these hospital-based courses.

Students are not required to complete their fourth-year internship at Roanoke, but may instead apply to any other fully accredited hospital School of Medical Technology. If accepted, arrangements can be made to accept that hospital’s course credits at Concord University.

3+1 Programs in Allied Health Sciences: Pre-pharmacy and Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science

Concord University has affiliation arrangements with the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA, by which Concord offers a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in: (I) Chemistry (Pharmacy Option) , and (II) Chemistry (Clinical Laboratory Science Option) . The Pharmacy Option requires completion of 3 years of coursework at Concord followed by the first year of the 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy program on the campus of the University of Charleston (WV). The Clinical Laboratory Science Option requires completion of 3 years of coursework at Concord followed by a one-year residency at a fully accredited hospital School of Medical Technology (Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA or another accredited and approved program). Additional details on both programs are provided below and students should remain in close contact with a Concord chemistry faculty adviser to assure that all program requirements are met, including any possible unpublished changes to both programs that may be required by the external institutions. Admission to both the University of Charleston Pharmacy School and accredited Medical Technology programs is highly competitive; students who fail to be admitted will not be eligible for the pre-pharmacy or Clinical Laboratory Science degree options at Concord. Students should begin the sequence of courses in biology (BIOL 101 ), chemistry (CHEM 101 ), and math (MATH 103 ) their first semester in order to avoid later schedule conflicts and to be ready for their off-campus residency after three years of college.

Chemistry Clinical Laboratory Science Major Requirements

This degree program requires successful completion of 120 semester hours, including: (1) the Program of General Studies  which must include six hours of one modern language; (2) the 48-49-hour program of courses listed below; and (3) a fourth year, off-campus medical technology internship (

  ; 30 hours in two semesters).


*MATH 103  and/or MATH 104  will be waived for those students establishing “equivalent proficiency” as defined by the Department of Mathematics  (Math ACT 25 or 28).

**Calculus-based physics recommended if possible

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