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 that 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.
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The CLS mission at New York Medical College is to impart knowledge and technical skills in an atmosphere of excellence, scholarship and professionalism necessary to become a proficient clinical laboratory scientist. The CLS program offers a learning environment in which the student acquires practical laboratory knowledge and critical thinking skills while having access to theoretical training by highly qualified instructors. New York Medical College believes that the rich diversity of its student body and faculty are important to its mission of educating outstanding healthcare professionals for the multicultural world of today.
The New York State Education Department mandates that all Clinical Laboratory Scientists be licensed by the State to work in a hospital laboratory. Ours is a Master of Science program in clinical laboratory sciences. The knowledge obtained by the successful completion of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program will qualify the student to take the New York State Exam for Clinical Laboratory Science licensure, upon graduation. Clinical Laboratory Scientist Licensure/eligibility to work vary by state. Information regarding educational requirements for licensure and or certification in other states may be found here: https://ascls.org/licensure/.
The NYMC GSBMS Clinical Laboratory Sciences Master's Program is accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
NAACLS accreditation is a rigorous evaluation process of external peer review granting public recognition to education programs that meet established high standards in quality, value, innovation, and safety, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
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Upon successful completion of our program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) exam for national certification. Graduation with a Master’s degree is not contingent upon taking or passing a state licensure or the national certification examination.
The goal of the program is to prepare each student to qualify for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) exam for national certification and/or individual state CLS licensure exam and successfully secure an entry-level position in a Medical Institution. Upon completion of the program, the student will have completed graduate credits toward the Master of Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree at NYMC.
The goals of the CLS program at NYMC is to provide the students with:
The Graduate Clinical Laboratory Scientist, at entry-level, will have basic knowledge and skills for:
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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:
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.
Applications for admission and all supporting documents must be received by the Graduate School by the May application deadline. Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis. Early application submission is highly recommended.
Please contact the GSBMS Office of Admissions with any questions.
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).