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School of Clinical Laboratory Science

Lab student working at a microscope

The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program is a nationally accredited year-long certificate program designed to provide the clinical year of training for students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science or a related field. Individuals who have completed a degree in another field may be considered for the program provided they meet the admission requirements. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Science administered by the ASCP Board of Certification.

Throughout the year students study the pathophysiology of disease through lectures and student labs that take place in our laboratory classrooms. Students also participate in clinical rotations, which emphasize practical application through hands-on work in the clinical laboratory at Augusta Health. Additionally, as the result of a unique partnership, students participate in a six-week rotation through the Medical Laboratories of the University of Virginia Health System located approximately 35 minutes away in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Since its inception in 1955 at King's Daughters' Hospital in Staunton, numerous students have graduated, passed the national certification examination, and are successful Clinical Laboratory Scientists. These graduates are working in hospital laboratories, physician office laboratories, medical industry, research, education, administration, and many other areas of healthcare.

The School of Clinical Laboratory Science holds a national accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Program Director:

Ellie Coggins MLS (ASCP)CM, MSHA
(540) 332-4539
ecoggins [at] augustahealth [dot] com