King of the Onion - to - Foot Detoxification
2+ Year Member
- Mar 14, 2015
- Medical Student
For some insight into the CLS degree option to add to this conversation because I am completing the degree, I myself have had to take all of the same hard science courses all of the bio majors had to take but with heavy emphasis in microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry. The major required all of the pre-med courses you would expect to take with exception of physics which I had to tack onto my course load. That is three years of rigorous basic science work, all before I even hit the clinical laboratory. I am currently completing my 1 year internship to achieve my degree, and am now working 40 hours a week plus study in microbiology, hematology, chemistry, and blood banking. We take tests weekly, and so have to be on our toes constantly in our studies while also emphasizing the development of specific laboratory skill sets to aid in patient diagnostics which includes all of the aforementioned disciplines as well as phlebotomy and laboratory management. So, yes, very vocational. However, the "vocational" aspect is definitely only applicable to one year of the entire degree path.