Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Public Health Microbiology Submajor

Clinical Training


Students in the Public Health Microbiology program will receive eight (8) weeks of professional clinical training at the City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory.


Admission Criteria

Admission to the clinical phase of the UWM Biomedical Sciences Program is based on:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of course work, including all required courses and General Education Requirements of UWM, and
  2. An overall minimum UWM grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, and
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the specified science courses:
    • Chemistry: 102, 104, 221, 341, 342, 501
    • Bio Sciences: 202, 203, 260, 383
    • Clinical Lab Sciences: 301-305, 427, 428, & any other CLS courses taken, and
  4. A minimum grade of C in all junior level science courses.

PLEASE NOTE: The Program will attempt to place all students who meet the above criteria, but can not guarantee that every student will be placed in a clinical rotation. The number of students placed in clinical rotations depends on the number of clinical positions available. Students with the highest science GPA's will be given first priority. Students will be contacted regarding their eligibility for clinical placement prior to the start of the spring semester.

In the event that more clinical positions are available than students requesting placement, a student with a GPA between 2.0 & 2.5 may be conditionally accepted for a clinical rotation. Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have approval from the BMS faculty and the Clinical Education Coordinator(s).

Application Process

Students must complete the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the application form appropriate for your submajor and return it to the Biomedical Sciences department office (Enderis Hall, Room 411) by December 1.
  2. Submit an autobiography along with your application form describing yourself, your accomplishments, any work experience including health care, why you have chosen the Clinical Laboratory Sciences as your profession, and your future goals. It should be one page, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Review Of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Student Affairs Office and the BMS Program Director will review all application files in January to verify that all the admission criteria have been satisfied and the files are complete. Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all applicants prior to Semester II.

Student Handbook

Student Handbooks are provided for your reference during orientation at the professional clinical training site.

Important Information

Make an appointment in October with the College of Health Sciences Student Affairs Office (414) 229-2758 to review your transcripts and go through a degree audit to ensure that your academic records are in order.

A physical examination to assess health status is required prior to starting the professional clinical training. Health Status Assessment forms should be submitted to the CLS Program office, Enderis 411.

The clinical affiliate sites require students to have health insurance while in the clinical rotation.

Drug screens and background checks may also be requested by the clinical affiliate site.

Limited employment during the Summer Session is recommended.

Rotation schedules, vacations, and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The University academic calendar does not apply.

Students are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of the senior year. University fees will be charged.