Clinical Laboratory Sciences Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Why choose a career in Clinical Laboratory Science?

Clinical laboratory scientists (previously called medical technologists) are employed by medical facilities like hospitals to manage, design, and perform laboratory tests to aid in diagnosis and recovery of patients. 

Employment of clinical laboratory scientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. 

And, you will be paid well. The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports the median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians was $49,310 in May 2014.

Why should I pick the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Gulf Coast State College?

For a career in clinical laboratory science, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree before being accepted into a bachelor degree program. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but provides high-quality education. Starting with a two-year degree in Clinical Laboratory Science AA University Transfer Track helps you save money on your overall education costs and prepares you for success at a top university in Florida.

Which Florida universities offer Clinical Laboratory Science programs?

This transfer track is designed to prepare students for upper division studies in clinical laboratory science programs.  The University of West Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida International University are among the accredited schools now offering bachelor degrees in clinical laboratory science. The track  was designed in conjunction with the University of West Florida program.  It is strongly recommended that students carefully examine the catalog of the university to which transfer is expected.

These upper division programs include a year of upper division work (accelerated program) at selected institutions or may be completed in a 2 + 1 program in which clinical training is completed after receipt of the B.S. degree. Admission to the clinical phase of the upper division program is usually competitive and usually requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all science or math/science courses attempted.  Graduates are eligible to take the Registry Examination of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or the NCA.  Passing these or similar tests is a general requirement for employment in the profession. 

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Clinical Laboratory Sciences a.a. advisor

Penni Beitzel
Associate Professor
850-769-1551 ext 2866

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Who is eligible for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to Clinical Laboratory Sciences Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
+*MAC1140, Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+*CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
Biological Science •+*BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1
+*CHM1046, Chemistry with Qual. Analysis 3
CHM1046L, Chemistry with Qual. Anal. Lab 1
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Maj. I Lab 1
•+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
+*CHM2210, Organic Chemistry I 3
+*CHM2210L, Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
+*CHM2211, Organic Chemistry II 4
CHM2211L, Organic Chemistry II Lab 1

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Department Chair

Fledia Ellis
Chair, Natural Sciences