FAYETTE, Iowa (August 29, 2008) - Upper Iowa University recently signed an articulation agreement with Mayo Clinic in Rochester to offer a new Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) major on its Fayette campus beginning this fall.
"Due to a national shortage of clinical laboratory scientists, this degree program is very much needed at this time," said Dr. Scott Figdore, professor of science. "A certified CLS can find a career in medicine and research science, forensic labs, as well as lab management and education."
According to Figdore, the degree can be earned two ways-(3+1) three years at Upper Iowa fulfilling biology prerequisites and one-year instruction at Mayo Clinic in a clinical setting, or (4+1) as a post-baccalaureate certificate after earning a four-year biology degree at UIU.
For eligibility into the program, students must be enrolled in a Mayo Clinic partner college, fulfill the required prerequisite courses, maintain an average GPA of 2.75 or higher, and complete all requirements necessary for admission into the clinical phase of the Mayo Clinic program. Program graduates would qualify to sit for the national certification exam.
"Actually, Upper Iowa has several of its graduates employed at the Mayo Clinic, working for example in the cytogenetics lab and the electron microscopy lab," said Figdore. "Although not a guarantee, this program is a great way for a good student to get his or her foot in the door."
For more information about Upper Iowa University, go to www.uiu.edu. To find out more about Upper Iowa's CLS major, contact Figdore at 563-425-5223 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Mayo Clinic's CLS program, go to http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/lab-career.html.
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