Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Clinical Lab Science 2012-2014

(partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University)

Bachelor of Science

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements and equivalencies may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and advisors at their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Required Courses

OIT/OHSU Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
Chemistry - at least 24 quarter credit hours of lecture and laboratory experience selected from general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, and physical chemistry.

CH 104,105,106 General Chemistry or CH 221,222,223 General Chemistry

Additional Chemistry courses to reach 24 credits, such as Organic Chemistry, CH 241, 242, 243 9 min.

Biological Sciences - at least 24 quarter credit hours of lecture and laboratory experience, which must include one course in microbiology/bacteriology, and immunology as either a separate course, or as part of another biology class.

Genetics, anatomy and physiology are highly recommended.

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (preferred) or BI 101, 102, 103 General Biology 12 - 15
BI 234 Microbiology 5

*Immunology Course


Additional Biology Courses for a total of 24 Genetics, anatomy and physiology are highly recommended
College level Math

MTH 111 or higher



SPE 111 Fundamentals of Speech

WR 121 & 122 English Composition

9 additional credits in Communication

COMM 111 Public Speaking

WR 121 & WR 122 English Composition

6 additional credits of COMM or WR courses





Humanities: 9 credits in History of Art, Art Appreciation, History of Music, Music Appreciation, English (excluding composition), Linguistics, Philosophy, Speech, Theater Arts, Foreign Languages (excluding first year courses), or Women's Studies

Social Sciences: 12 credits in Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, or Sociology

Select PCC courses from the offerings in departments listed.


minimum of 9 in Humanities


minimum of 12 in Social Sciences

* OHSU recommends X110  Immunology, 3 semester units, from University of California, offered online:  http://learn.berkeley.edu


PSU offers Immunology as BI 487, but there are significant biology prerequisites.


A student may enter the program with or without a bachelor's degree. Those students entering the program without a degree must have completed at least 103 transferable quarter units (including those listed above) at an accredited college, community college and/or university prior to entering the program in the fall. No more than 103 credit hours can be transferred from a community college.

7-Year Limitation: Individuals who have met admission requirements seven or more years prior to application to the CLS Program must complete additional academic work to qualify

Have you ever wanted to be a detective?

Here's the science for you! If you are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology or other sciences, consider a career in Clinical Laboratory Science. People who enjoy science, solving puzzles, working with laboratory instruments and computers while helping people at the same time, will find a perfect fit with clinical laboratory science careers. Clinical laboratory professionals are the detectives of the health care world. They search for clues to help in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is estimated that up to 75% of clinicians' decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment are based on laboratory test results.

What is Clinical Laboratory Science?

Clinical Laboratory Science, also called medical technology, is a profession that combines the challenges and rewards of medicine with laboratory science. Clinical laboratory scientists perform complex and varied laboratory analyses, and use critical thinking skills in determining the accuracy and validity of test results. They recognize the interdependency of testing information and possess the knowledge of physiologic and pathologic conditions affecting results in order to support medical decisions. In diverse health care settings, clinical laboratory scientists provide test results used by such practitioners as physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants, in determining: the presence, extent, and causes of disease; monitoring therapy; and evaluating testing protocols to insure optimum and safe public health applications. Some of the specific duties that clinical laboratory scientists perform include:

  • Developing and establishing procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing biological samples;
  • Operation of complex electronic instruments to analyze blood, body fluids, and other substances for the presence of normal, abnormal, and malignant chemical components and cells;
  • Prepare blood for transfusion and match proper blood donor to recipient;
  • Screen, evaluate, and monitor transplantation patients; Perform specialized and complex tests that include, flow cytometry, forensic testing, paternity testing, and cytogenetics; and molecular probes;
  • Microscopically classify and differentiate normal and abnormal cells, microorganisms, and crystals;
  • Examine responses of the immune system to foreign immunogens and infectious agents;
  • Develop, evaluate, and select new techniques, instruments, and methods;
  • Integrate and relate data generated by various clinical laboratory departments, while making decisions regarding possible discrepancies;
  • Use computers for data management, inventory control, quality control, and information transfer;
  • Establish and perform preventative and corrective maintenance of instrumentation;
  • Provide leadership in educating health personnel and the community;
  • Exercise principles of management, safety, and supervision.


Last updated: September 2013