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Clinical laboratory science professionals are highly skilled scientists. They assist the physician by detecting the presence or absence of disease through the performance of laboratory analyses. They 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
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.
Robina Colclough-Davy, M.S., MLS(ASCP)CM
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. Applicants must be able to match personal attributes with those required for practice.
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.Robina Colclough-Davy, M.S., MLS(ASCP)CM
Admission Office - Queens Campus
The B.S. program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences is a 138-credit program covering University core requirements, basic science, and clinical laboratory medicine. In addition, students gain valuable experience by fulfilling clinical rotations in all areas of laboratory medicine. Graduates of this NAACLS-accredited and licensure qualifying program are able to practice as a clinical laboratory technologist upon passage of the ASCP certification exam.
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science 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 University.
The clinical laboratory sciences program holds accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. The most recent accreditation visi extended accreditation until 2027.
Graduates of the clinical laboratory sciences program receive a bachelor of science degree and are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) national certification exam. This certification is recognized across the country and enables graduates to practice in any state.
Successful completion of the courses leading to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and passing the ASCP national certification exam allow graduates to apply to the New York State Department of Education for a license to practice as a clinical laboratory technologist. In addition, graduates who go on to practice in other states with licensure laws are eligible to apply for that state’s license, based on passing the certification exam.
Outcomes - Results of the ASCP national certification exam (first time pass rate)
CERTIFICATION PASS RATE
The faculty expressly reserves the right to make alterations in the curriculum consistent with the needs of the profession.
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences prepares 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:
Clinical laboratory science professionals can obtain employment in many areas. Most graduates 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 professionals' 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.
According to the 2019 Health Resources and Services Administration’s Allied Health Workforce Projections, the Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists workforce would need to increase by approximately 32,000 FTEs, by 2030. Full Report
The data supports the Bureau of Labor and Statistics findings that employment is expected to grow 12 percent, from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job Outlook
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.
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.