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Moving Toward the Future: SLU Department of Clinical Laboratory Science Changes Name

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science at Saint Louis University has changed their name and the name of the CLS degree as they begin the celebration of 85 years as a department. These are just a couple of the exciting advancements and changes the department is making as it eyes its future.

Approval has been granted to change the department name to the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science. The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science is now the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. The department Chair, Tim Randolph, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), says the department name change better reflects our programatic offerings and the change in the CLS major is consistent with changes made by our certifying body.

“Historically the department was composed of a single major so the department and major bore the same name,” said Department chair Tim Randolph. “The department has since added two additional majors requiring a name that reflected the breadth of programatic offerings; Biomedical Laboratory Science reflects that breadth. The Clinical Laboratory Science major was changed to Medical Laboratory Science to be consistent with a name change recently introduced by the national organization that certifies our graduates.”

Founded in 1929 as the Department of Medical Technology, this is the third name change for the department, which changed to Department of Clinical Laboratory Science in 1994. The department contains one of the oldest Medical Laboratory Science programs and one of only 29 Cytotechnology Programs in the country.

As part of the department’s 85th anniversary they have made major curricular changes, launched the first annual alumni reunion held in conjunction with the state laboratory conference and are preparing to publish the first biannual Alumni Newsletter.

For more information on the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science or the Medical Laboratory Science degree, see BLS.SLU.EDU or

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