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Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Bachelor of Science

138 Credits
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus


The Profession of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Clinical laboratory science professionals are highly skilled scientists who discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that help physicians determine the best treatment for patients. Clinical laboratory technologists have a four-year college degree and an extensive theoretical knowledge base. They perform laboratory procedures that require sophisticated analyses; evaluate and interpret the results; integrate data; solve problems; perform consultations; conduct research; and develop new test methods

Mission Statement
The clinical laboratory sciences program at St. John’s University is influenced by a Christian philosophy of education, with service to God and mankind as its highest goal. The inherent concepts of this philosophy recognize the human dignity of man and his ultimate goal. We dedicate ourselves to acquire the knowledge and skills in the field of clinical laboratory sciences that would best benefit our fellow man. We will act at all times in a truly professional manner, serving human needs and maintaining strictest confidence in patient matters.


Lisa Hochstein, M.S., M.L.S., (ASCP)CM
Program Director


Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

For admission to the professional phase of St. John's University Program of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the prospective student must be familiar with the role and function of a clinical laboratory technologist and be able to match personal attributes with those required for practice.

  • Must demonstrate academic achievement by maintaining a GPA of 2.3 or greater overall as well as in all pre-clinical courses (science and math)
  • Show continued improvement in both academic and laboratory skills
  • Must possess the emotional health required to use their intellectual abilities fully, such as exercising sound judgment, promptly completing all responsibilities, being able to work safely in a changing and stressful environment, displaying flexibility and functioning independently in the face of uncertainties or problems that may arise
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in dealing with peers, faculty, staff and patients; adherence to the strict codes of confidentiality of the patient and their medical records; must be forthright about errors or uncertainty
  • Must be able to transfer knowledge from principles to problem solving
  • Must be able to communicate orally and in writing in the English language
  • Must have sufficient motor function and mobility to perform all tasks normally expected within the scope of practice in the workplace
  • Must demonstrate a sense of responsibility and dependability, courtesy and honesty
  • Must be able to accurately observe demonstrations and determinations in laboratory practice using both simple and more complex instrumentation

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for financial assistance. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.


For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please contact Undergraduate Admission online, or contact us directly.

Lisa Hochstein, M.S., M.L.S., (ASCP)CM
Program Director

Admission Office - Queens Campus


Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences is designed to prepare graduates to become highly trained clinical laboratory technologists. During the professional phase of this program, students will gain valuable hands-on experience practicing in the field at University affiliated clinical sites.

The program will prepare graduates to:

  • Develop skill in performing laboratory tests with accuracy and precision
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge in human anatomy and physiology as well as the   pathology of disease
  • Examine and evaluate quality control results and institute procedures for correction if results are not with the standards of the laboratory to ensure accurate laboratory results
  • Become a member of a quality management team within the institution and help develop a working program assuring accurate and timely results
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate orally to convey ideas and information to individuals with diverse capabilities and interests (physicians, other medical personnel, staff members and patients)
  • Recognize the need to continued educational growth within the profession as a means toward professional competence through participation in professional seminars and college courses
  • Understand the published research in clinical laboratory sciences necessary to broaden knowledge in the field 
  • With attendance at seminars and lectures, develop the ability to agree or disagree with scientific presentations based on scientific theories and principles

Clinical laboratory science professionals can obtain employment in many areas. Most are employed in hospital labs, but opportunities exist in physician office labs as well as private labs. Challenging employment opportunities exist in industry, research, or public health and pharmaceutical labs. The clinical laboratory science professional’s analytical, scientific, and technical skills are a valuable and desired asset. Career options beyond laboratory analysis for which clinical laboratory science professionals are qualified include consulting, marketing, research and product development, lab information systems, sales and technical support, management, and education.

Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.