University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota



Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Welcome from the Program Director

On behalf of the faculty and staff in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program, I would like to welcome you to our web site. Please feel free to browse through the site for information about our undergraduate degree program, meet the faculty, and explore our curriculum.

The CLS program at the University of Minnesota is the oldest baccalaureate medical laboratory educational program in the United States, with the first students graduating in 1923. Our faculty are committed to quality teaching and learning though innovative coursework, clinical experiences, and research experiences. Upon graduation, our students choose a variety of pathways and careers. The majority of our graduates find employment in hospital or clinical laboratories, while other students go on to graduate or professional schools.

A lot of changes have been happening in and around the CLS Program. We have all been busy updating, improving, and remodeling the curriculum to develop a more efficient delivery method (hybrid), as well as expand students’ access by offering the curriculum through articulated campuses.

We hope that you will find our web page helpful and informative. Please check back again soon for the latest news and updates.


The mission of the CLS Program (CLSP) is one of teaching, research and service. The primary mission of the CLSP is to enhance health by 1) leading clinical laboratory science education with special attention to the needs of the State of Minnesota, 2) pursuing and disseminating new knowledge with original and creative research in the practice of clinical laboratory science, education, and health, and 3) providing educational and collaborative opportunities to academic institutions, health professionals, industry partners and the community.


The CLS program pursues its mission through teaching, research, and actively working with the health care community to assist in meeting the clinical laboratory needs of the State of Minnesota. Specifically, the program:

  • Educates students to be clinical laboratory professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and values to provide competent and ethical practice in clinical laboratory science;
  • Develops new knowledge about the practice of clinical laboratory science;
  • Helps communities and other professionals develop an awareness and understanding of the role of the clinical laboratory professional and the work they perform;
  • Collaborates with other professionals within the health care community to assess the changing needs of the clinical laboratory, designs solutions to meet the challenges, and monitors the quality of laboratory practice; and
  • Provides continuing education opportunities to practicing clinical laboratory professionals.