Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) are highly skilled professionals who are qualified by passing the national certification examination and licensed by NY State to work in a several departments of a clinical laboratory including hematology, microbiology, transfusion service, chemistry, immunology and molecular diagnostics (CLS generalist). They play a key role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses. Using sophisticated laboratory analyzers, CLS generalists perform tests and analyze cells, blood and other body fluids to detect abnormalities. They are a vital source of diagnostic information to doctors who use the test results to determine and monitor a course of treatment for patients. The 134-credit B.S. CLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which is the national accrediting body for CLS programs. This degree integrates a complex level of didactic theoretical and technical instruction. Following successful completion of the CLS didactic courses, competitively selected students are then placed into NAACLS-approved clinical sites that are contracted with LIU Post. Students successfully completing the clinical internship are eligible to take the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) national certification examinations for a CLS generalist. Certification is necessary for employment nation-wide and is required for licensure in New York State.