Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Bachelor of Science

138 Credits
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus


The Profession of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

If you have ever had your blood drawn in a doctor's office, your laboratory testing was performed by a clinical laboratory science professional. Clinical laboratory science professionals are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring and prevention. Clinical laboratory science professionals use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, urinalysis and molecular biology. Clinical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. In addition, clinical laboratory science personnel monitor testing quality and consult with other members of the health care team.

Clinical laboratory technologists have a four year college degree. They have an extensive theoretical knowledge base. They not only perform laboratory procedures including very sophisticated analyses, but also evaluate and interpret the results, integrate data, solve problems, perform consultations and conduct research and develop new test methods.

Mission Statement
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program of 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 our 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.

Each student must come to a full realization that he/she is working in an institution which follows these ideals and that he/she must adopt this attitude when dealing with patients. The student must achieve the highest degree of honesty and integrity in his/her work.

With this as the basic philosophy, we have planned and constructed our course of study so that the complete development of the student of Clinical Laboratory Science will be realized through the educational program, based on our Christian philosophy.

Inspired with the dignity of unselfish service to others and impressed by the fact that they are trustees of knowledge and talents for the benefit of their fellowman, students will strive to achieve a development of mind and character and recognize their responsibility for the betterment of human welfare.

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Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year, Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s.

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

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


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Career Outcomes

Program Goals

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

Career Opportunities

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


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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.

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Additional Information

Students in the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences benefit from outstanding academic, technological and pre-professional resources.

St. Albert Hall features recently renovated, ultramodern science labs. After three years of classroom instruction at the Queens campus, Clinical Laboratory Sciences students take one year of NAACLS clinical instruction at St. John's Dr.Andrew J. Bartilucci Center. This 40,000-square-foot facility features modern classrooms, laboratories and computer laboratory. The Center provides outstanding placement opportunities, symposiums and seminars.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences majors also participate in clinical training at the University's affiliated hospitals and medical centers.Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, including these:

  • Medical Technology Club
  • AmericanCollegeof Healthcare Executives (Student ACHE)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa: Honor society recognizing leadership

Of course, Clinical Laboratory Sciences majors also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy. For example, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to St. John’s award-winning network.

Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume Library. Our D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

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