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Rebecca Harlemert '15 Becomes First 3+1 Clinical Laboratory Science Program Graduate

by Julia Kelb | Aug 05, 2015
Campus and FountainCompleting her one-year internship in June, Rebecca (Wagner) Harlemert ’15 is the first graduate from Marian University’s 3+1 Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program through the School of Mathematics and Sciences.

To attain the bachelor of science degree in clinical laboratory science and become a registered CLS, Harlemert completed three years of rigorous coursework, a one-year internship with Indiana University Health, and passed an examination given by the Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Harlemert’s application process for the one-year internship was highly competitive, and obtaining the position was not guaranteed, even after completing three years of required courses. “Acceptance to the one-year internship is based on GPA, performance in the prerequisite courses, an interview, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement,” said Steve Dougherty, M.S., assistant professor of biology and the director of the CLS program.

Dougherty explained he sees more students completing the program in the future. “The demand and marketability of the CLS degree is fantastic.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for the CLS will increase by 15-20 percent over the next five years. Approximately 98 percent of those graduating with this degree are employed within six months of graduation, and many of them have jobs lined up prior to graduation.”

Harlemert not only excelled in completing the program, but was also a member of the Sigma Zeta National Math and Science Honor Society, a Sister Mary Rose Stockton Excellence in Chemistry Award winner, and graduated summa cum laude.

For more information about the 3+1 CLS Program, contact Steve Dougherty at

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