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The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program was initiated in 1976 as a Medical Technology Program on the ASU campus as a part of the Biology Department. In 1982, the program was transferred to the newly formed College of Nursing & Health Professions.

Accredited by NAACLS

The Clinical Laboratory Science Programs at Arkansas State University are accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119        
Phone:  773 - 714 - 8880
Internet: http://www.naacls.org
Email:  info@naacls.org

The CLS department offers an associates and bachelors degrees in clinical laboratory science. Both programs are accredited by NAACLS. 

Our CLS programs are designed to provide skilled and competent health care professionals who can serve the needs of the citizens of the state of Arkansas and beyond. Over the past three decades, our programs have achieved an excellent reputation with the hospitals and clinics of northeast Arkansas and bordering states.

Program Outcome Measures


Associate in Applied Science (MLT)

Outcome Measure

3-year average (7/1/18 – 6/30/21)

ASCP BOC Pass Rate


Employment Rate


Graduation Rate



Bachelor of Science (MLS)

Outcome Measure

3-year average (7/1/18 – 6/30/21)

ASCP BOC Pass Rate


Employment Rate


Graduation Rate


What is Clinical Laboratory Science?

The field of clinical laboratory sciences offers endless opportunities to students who have strong skills in the biological and chemical sciences and interest in playing an integral part in health care services. Clinical laboratory scientists are academically prepared to perform a variety of analyses which aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Clinical Laboratory Science Programs is to provide varied and rich educational experiences that foster the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary for graduates to provide quality laboratory services in accordance with nationally accepted standards.


A-State Alumni Dr. David Smalley is featured in the article “Red Wolves Respond” (to the COVID pandemic).

This article can be found in the most recent Alumni Association magazine, Voices.  The article starts on page 32.

View the article here>>>

Job Openings

Lab technician testing samples

Our department posts job openings for regional health care facilities. 

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Degree Questions?

For questions concerning any of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences degrees, please contact:

Health Professions Academic Advisor

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Ashley Walls

Phone: 870-680-8596