Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Who is eligible to apply for this program?
A. Any individual who has completed an AS or AAS degree in a
NAACLS-accredited CLT/MLT Program and who is eligible to
take or has already passed the certification examination
offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Q. Do I need to be certified by ASCP before I can be admitted to
A. NO. Although applicants are encouraged to achieve
certification prior to admission, it is not a requirement.
Certification may be considered as a positive indicator of
potential success in reaching the BS degree and certification
Q. Are the CLS programs at ASU accredited?
A. Yes! Both CLS programs at ASU are accredited by the National
Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
Q. Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition?
A. ASU extends in-state tuition rates to those individuals who live
within a limited radius of the University. To view a complete fee
schedule go to:
Q. How much is the per credit hour tuition at ASU?
A. To view a complete fee schedule go to:
Q. Will I be required to repeat my clinical rotations?
A. No! You are required to only enroll in one additional Clinical
Practicum, which will take your skills to the CLS/MLS/MT level.
If we can arrange it, we will work with your employer to permit
the clinical practicum there. This would be time OUTSIDE of your
usual work hours.
Q. Do I need to be a full time student?
A. No. This program accommodates part-time student status during
Q. Is there a time limit for completion of the program?
A. No. You may progress at your own pace. However, we encourage
completing the B.S. major program requirements (not including the
general education requirements) within four years or less to remain
current with the rapidly changing material.
Q. How long will the program take to complete if I chose to be a full
A. Variable, depending on your general education and pre-requisite
course status. Each student's degree plan is customized for them
and their circumstances.
Q. Will any of my college course work transfer to ASU and be accepted
toward this degree?
A. Possibly. Evaluation of each applicant's transcript is required by the
Office of Admissions and by the CLS Program faculty.
Q. Will I need to travel to Jonesboro to take CLS classes?
A. Rarely, for the CLS major requirements. The CLS-BS program courses
are for the most part offered on-line. For general education courses
and non-CLS courses, the individual departments determine how their
courses are offered.
For questions concerning any of our degrees, please contact:
Health Professions Academic Advisor