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Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program

Program Director:
Carol A. Carbonaro, Ph.D., SM, MLSCM (ASCP)

Basic Sciences Building - Room 430
(914) 594-4778

Application Deadline Date - May 1st

Clinical laboratory scientists (CLS) are trained and qualified to work in medical or industrial/pharmaceutical laboratories. A clinical laboratory scientist is at the heart of clinical care, performing diagnostic tests which monitor treatments and uncover new disease states. They continuously communicate with physicians to provide improved patient care and treatment outcomes. Training for CLS encompasses all areas of clinical laboratory testing: chemistry, toxicology, hematology, urinalysis, immunohematology, hemostasis, diagnostic immunology, clinical microbiology, histocompatibility, and molecular diagnostics. Students are instructed on state of the art instrumentation and digital technology.

The New York State (NYS) Education Department mandates that all clinical laboratory scientists be licensed by the state to work in a hospital laboratory. The knowledge obtained by the successful completion of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program will qualify the student to take the New York State licensure exam. The program is currently pending accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
773-314-8880 www.naacls.org

In the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, students will receive their didactic study at New York Medical College and clinical laboratory training at area hospitals. Federal financial aid is available to U.S. students during the first year when they are taking 41.5 academic credits. Federal financial aid is not available during the second year, when the student is writing their literature review (0 credits).

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree in the sciences, prior to the start of the program, from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a recognized foreign institution. Critical courses which the applicant should have taken, and done well, include:

  • two semesters of General Biology with laboratory component
  • two semesters of General Chemistry with laboratory component
  • one semester of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory component
  • one semester of General Microbiology with laboratory component
  • one semester of Organic Chemistry with laboratory component
  • one semester of Biochemistry with laboratory component
  • one semester of Statistics or Calculus 

The entire application, including two letters of recommendation as well as a CV/resume, will be considered in order to identify the strongest applicants. An interview is a required part of the admission process.

The position requires considerable walking, standing and sitting. Good visual acuity and manual dexterity are essential to performing and interpreting laboratory tests; good listening and communication skills are necessary in the clinical setting to interact with various hospital staff. In the classroom setting, students will participate in classroom discussions and presentations. 

 Download the CLS Brochure brochure.