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Admission Requirements

Completed Admission applications for the M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science program for acceptance into the fall or spring semesters cohort. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a degree noted transcript demonstrating completion of a baccalaureate degree is required, and two letters of recommendations, preferably from former science professors. Applicants to the Departmental Programs are contacted for a personal interview. Following the interview and fulfillment of the admission requirements stipulated of each candidate, the academic requirements are pursued. Application fee $50.

Admission to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program is highly competitive Students are expected to have achieved a minimum grade point average for a 3.0 out of a 4.0 (A grade) in all pre-requisite courses.

The pre-requisite undergraduate courses for the Major include:

  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of Anatomy and Physiology (with lab).
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (with lab)
  • 1 semester of Statistics
  • 1 semester of Genetics or Molecular Biology

International students are also required to achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 90 IBT (a minimum listening and speaking score of 25 is also required); 233 CBT; or 577 PBT. IELTS of 7.0 or above is also acceptable.

Additional Requirements

The technical (non-academic) standards established by the programs in this department are evidence of the "essential functions" that students must be able to accomplish in the program. Essential functions include requirements that students be able to engage during educational and training activities so that they will not endanger other students, the public at large, or patients.

  • Vision Standard — The student must be able to read charts and graphs, read instrument scales, discriminate colors, read microscopic materials, and record results.
  • Speech and Hearing Standard — The student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively in order to assess non-verbal communication and be able to adequately transmit information to all members of the health care team.
  • Fine Motor Functions Standard — The student must possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures, manipulate tools, instruments and equipment. The student must be able to perform phlebotomy safely and accurately.
  • Psychological Stability Standard — The student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of the applicant's intellectual abilities. The student must be able to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions.

A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your entry into your chosen field of study. You should be aware that clinical and hospital sites may reject a student, or remove a student from their site if a criminal record is found or if a positive drug test is noted. Inability to gain clinical or field work will result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. Inability to meet objectives and outcomes may result in your failure to complete the program requirements, thus requiring your withdrawal from the program. In addition, the presence of a criminal conviction may also prevent your completion of the required state or federal licensure, certification or registration process.

Transfer Credits

Courses taken at another university after admission to a master's program at LIU Post may not be used for transfer credit unless prior written permission is obtained from the major department. Previous graduate credits earned at other institutions may be credited to a student's graduate degree. A request to transfer credits must be made to and approved by the Director of the CLS program with the submission of official transcripts of all previous graduate work.

Transfer credit is normally limited to six semester credit hours with an earned grade of (B) or better. Transfer credits are not recorded on a student's transcript unless he or she completes 15 semester credit hours in residence and is fully matriculated.