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Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Clinical Health Professions


The Profession of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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

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.


Robina Colclough-Davy, M.S., MLS(ASCP)CM
Program Director
[email protected]


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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. Applicants must 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.

Robina Colclough-Davy, M.S., MLS(ASCP)CM
Program Director
[email protected]

Admission Office - Queens Campus
[email protected]


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.

Academic Standing/Certification/Outcomes

Academic Standing
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) 





















(Minimum of 138 semester hours)Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The faculty expressly reserves the right to make alterations in the curriculum consistent with the needs of the profession.

First Year  
Fall Semester  
ENG 1000CComposition3
MTH 1250CStatistics3
CHE 1110, 1111, 1112Chem/Org I4
ALH 2101Intro to Clinical Laboratory Science2
DNY 1000CDiscover NY3
THE 1000CChristianity3
Spring Semester  
ENG 1100CLiterature3
MTH 1260CCalculus3
CHE 1120, 1121, 1122Chem/Org II3
BIO 2000General Biology 13
BIO 2001LGeneral Biology 1 Lab1
PHI 1000CHuman Person3
Second Year  
Fall Semester  
CHE 1130, 1131, 1132Chem/Org III4
PHY ElectivePhysics3
PHS 3103A& P 13
PHI 2200/2240Ethics3
PHS 3104A & P 1 Lab1
Lang 1/LAC 1000Lang or Lang & Culture3
Spring Semester  
SOCAny Psych, Sociology, Anthro elective3
PHS 3105A&P 23
PHS 2101Public Health3
PHS 3101General Pathology3
PHI 3000CMetaphysics3
 Lang 2/Art/ Music3
Third Year  
Fall Semester  
TOX 4413Quant & Analytical Toxicology3
TOX 4414Quant & Analytical Toxicology2
TOX 1401Toxigenomics3
TOX 1402Toxigenomics Lab1
THE 2XXXTheology Elective3
SPE 1000CSpeech3
Language I or LAC 1000C 3
Spring Semester  
BIO 2280/1Microbiology4
BIO 3460/ 1Immunology4
THE 3XXXTheo 30003
PHS 4202Clinical Chemistry3
HIS 1000C 3
Fourth Year  
Summer Semester  
ALH 4140Transition to the Clinical Lab2
Fall Semester  
ALH 4151Clinical Bacteriology I3
ALH 4152Clinical Immunology I1
ALH 4153Clinical Immunohematology I2
ALH 4154Clinical Hematology I3
ALH 4155App, Anal, Lab Practice in Clin Chem I4
ALH 4156Urinalysis & Body Fluids2
ALH 4157Mycology & Parasitology I2
Spring Semester  
ALH 4161Clinical Bacteriology I3
ALH 4162Clinical Immunology II1
ALH 4163Clinical Immunohematology II2
ALH 4164Clinical Hematology II2
ALH 4165
App. Anal & Lab Practice in Cl Chem II
ALH 4166Urinalysis & Body Fluids II2
ALH 4167Mycology & Parasitology II2
ALH 4168Clinical Ed. Mgmt & Research1


Career and Education Opportunities

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:

  • 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 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.

Top Outcome 

  • Graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation 

Workforce Projections 

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  


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.

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.

Unique Features and Qualities

  • Clinical Laboratory experiental education is part of the curriculum 
  • Classes are small so eac student gets the attention they need
  • Faculty have years of experiance in the course they teach