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M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

The M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science program requires a 6-month full-time clinical placement. Students may begin as part-time but will require a full-time commitment in order to complete this graduate degree program.

Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) are highly skilled laboratory professionals who are qualified by national certification and NYS licensure to work in several areas of a clinical laboratory, including hematology, microbiology, transfusion service, chemistry, immunology and molecular diagnostics (CLS generalist). They play a key role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses. Using sophisticated laboratory equipment, CLS generalists perform tests and analyze cells, blood and other body fluids to detect abnormalities. They are a vital source of diagnostic information to doctors who use the test results to determine and monitor a course of treatment for patients.

The 52-credit M.S. CLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which is the national accrediting body for CLS programs. This degree integrates a complex level of theoretical and technical instruction in simulated laboratories on campus. Following successful completion of the CLS didactic courses, competitively selected students are then placed into NAACLS-approved local hospitals. Students successfully completing the clinical internship are eligible to take the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) national certification examinations for a CLS generalist. Certification is necessary for employment nation-wide and is required for licensure in New York State.

For additional information please contact the Program Director of the CLS Program, Anthony Capetandes Ph.D., MT(ASCP) at anthony.capetandes@liu.edu or 516-299-3039.