Master of Science


Clinical Laboratory Sciences

There are an estimated 7 billion diagnostic tests performed each year in the United States. Think about that for a moment. And then consider that each test is associated with a person whose treatment often hinges on the result. Who is performing these critical tests and ensuring their accuracy? In many cases, it is a medical laboratory scientist. No wonder it’s referred to as “the hidden profession that saves lives.”

Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Overview
The roles and responsibilities of a medical laboratory scientist (also known as a clinical laboratory technologist) are not familiar to most people, but make no mistake, these professionals are indispensable members of the health care team.

Working in settings such as hospitals, clinics, reference laboratories, and physician office labs, the medical laboratory scientist (MLS) performs tests on a variety of human samples – most typically body fluids. The work requires great precision and attention to detail which is why you must first pass a national certification exam before you can serve in this role.

The Master's program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at ACPHS has been designed specifically to help you achieve this certification, while adding some key curricular changes to differentiate it from our bachelor's program of the same name.
Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Coursework
The Master's program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) at ACPHS is a two-year program that provides the same level of preparation for the national certification exam as our Bachelor's program in CLS. But there are some important differences between the two:

1. The Master's curriculum adds a two course sequence in molecular diagnostics enabling students to pursue the additional designation of Molecular Biology, signified by (MB (ASCP)).

2. The Master's curriculum includes a five-credit sequence titled "Ethics and Research Methods" that is not offered in the Bachelor's program.

3. Master's students are required to complete a capstone project.

The ACPHS Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 (Phone: 773-714-8880).
Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Clinical Rotations
Clinical rotations are where you will apply what you have learned in the classroom and the lab to a real-world setting such as a community hospital or major medical center. You will complete two 9-credit rotations during the program where you will gain experience performing a variety of laboratory work while being mentored by a licensed practitioner (referred to as the preceptor).

A list of the College’s clinical rotation sites includes, but is not limited to:

- Albany Medical Center Hospital
- Albany Stratton VA Medical Center
- Community Care Laboratory
- Ellis Hospital
- Glens Falls Hospital
- Nathan Littauer Hospital
- Saratoga Hospital
- St. Mary’s Hospital (Amsterdam, NY)
- St. Peter’s Health Partners
Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
100% PASS RATE ON CERTIFICATION EXAM
All graduates of the program are eligible to take the Board of Certification examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Passing the exam certifies you to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, which is denoted by the (MLS (ASCP)) designation.

ACPHS graduates have historically performed exceptionally well on the ASCP Certification exam. A total of 26 students from the ACPHS Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences have taken the test in the past three years, and a perfect 100% have passed the test within one year of their graduation.
Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Life After ACPHS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth rate for the profession to be 16% between 2014-2024 which is much faster than the average for most occupations.

These projections reflect the experiences of ACPHS graduates in the program, who in the past three years have enjoyed a 100% job placement rate.

And while master's students can expect similar opportunities as bachelor's students immediately following graduation, master's students will be better positioned for future promotions by virtue of having a graduate degree.

Recent graduates of the program can today be found working in places that include:

- Albany Medical Center
- CNY Fertility Center (Syracuse, NY)
- Ellis Hospital
- Glens Falls Hospital
- St. Elizabeth Medical Center (Utica, NY)
- St. Peter's Health Partners
- Saratoga Hospital
Did You Know?

Approximately 70% of all medical decisions are based on the results of a lab test.