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The clinical laboratory sciences program is an accredited undergraduate degree achieving a Bachelor of Sciences that leads to national board certification, from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and NYS licensure.
Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), also known as Clinical Laboratory Technologists, are nationally certified healthcare professionals who aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. An undergraduate degree in clinical laboratory sciences involves an extensive theoretical and experiential knowledge base through clinical internships at affiliated hospitals and reference laboratories.
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is committed to a student-centered inclusive pedagogical model that supports student success, personal, and professional development. Our graduates are equipped with the tools to become leaders in their respective fields who work effectively in interprofessional collaborative environments.
Students perform laboratory procedures that support the development of critical independent judgment:
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at St. John’s University strives to prepare our students with the highest quality education, technical abilities, and professional attitudes necessary to be integral members of the healthcare team as clinical laboratory scientists. Students will acquire skills to practice as ethical and competent professionals, maintain the strictest confidence in patient matters and recognize their responsibility for the betterment of human welfare.
Contact the Program Director to answer any questions regarding the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program.
The Program Effectiveness and Outcomes data include the ASCP national credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate reported annually over the last three years.
Results of the ASCP national certification exam (first-time pass rate)
Certification Pass Rate
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 visit 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.
To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, students complete 138 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective requirements, as outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.
The faculty expressly reserves the right to make alterations in the curriculum consistent with the profession's needs.
For admission to the professional phase of St. John's University Program of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the prospective student must be familiar with progression criteria.
Students must maintain a 2.30 overall (science and math) GPA in the pre-professional courses to progress within their major. A 2.30 or higher overall GPA is required for a student to progress into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program's professional phase. Students will be interviewed prior to entering the professional year as part of their progression process. All pre-professional courses must be completed before entering the program's professional phase.
Within the professional phase, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.30, earn a letter grade of C+ or greater in each didactic and clinical course, and adhere to the attendance policy to progress from semester to semester.
According to the 2022 Health Resources and Services Administration’s Allied Health Workforce Projections, the Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists workforce would need to increase by approximately 19%, by 2030.
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