For the past three (3) years, the Mercy Hospital - St. Louis’ School of Clinical Laboratory Science has a 100% placement rate, a 96% first time pass rate and a 100% second attempt pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Certification examination and a 100% graduation/0% attrition rate for students who enter the final half of the program.
100% of the graduates of the CLS program have found employment in the field. Most clinical laboratory scientists are employed in a hospital setting. They may choose to perform testing in all areas of the laboratory as a generalist or specialize in one area such as Microbiology. With experience, advanced certification is available. Laboratory management and CLS education are also potential career paths.
The knowledge and skills of the clinical laboratory scientist are valued by other employers such as those in research, forensics, physician office laboratories, veterinary laboratories, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, other industries and sales and service of laboratory equipment and supplies.
There is a critical shortage of certified clinical laboratory scientists and the demand is only increasing each year as new tests are developed and those currently working in the field retire. Salaries can range from $40,000 to over $100,000 depending on experience, geographical location and level of responsibilities.