MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Dominican offers the only graduate Clinical Laboratory Sciences program in California, providing advanced training for students looking to become leaders in clinical laboratories. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a hub for clinical and biological labs and the perfect place to further your career.

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About our MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences 

The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) with an emphasis in Molecular Diagnostics is a 30-unit, non-thesis program, designed for the practicing Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Laboratory Scientist looking to become a leader in the clinical laboratory. Students who are not already CLS licensed or license-eligible pursue a Master of Science in Molecular Diagnostics.

This program provides advanced training to students who are already CLS-licensed or are CLS-license eligible. This program is also a great fit for candidates who are looking to make themselves more competitive prior to application to a CLS internship program. 

Students in the CLS program will be prepared to modify systems and procedures in an effort to make the clinical lab more efficient and cost-effective while still emphasizing the importance of obtaining accurate and reproducible patient results. Molecular diagnostic techniques covered by this program include nucleic acid and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis, and DNA and RNA microarray technology.

Visit the MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences webpage for more information. 

Program Highlights

  • The program’s primary goal is to provide advanced training to licensed CLS, CLS-license eligible, or MLT professionals.
  • A 30-unit, non-thesis program
  • Two year program that includes one summer term 
  • Courses meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Coursework meets the California Department of Public Health continuing education requirement for CLS license renewal

MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences Courses

Program Objectives

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program will teach students to:

  • Analyze patient samples using state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic techniques combined with various computer applications and database management systems used in the clinical lab
  • Know how to implement knowledge of CLS laws and regulations, ethical practices, financial management strategies, and laboratory utilization in a clinical lab setting.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of current quality system practices in the clinical lab and devise alternative quality control (QC) and/or quality assurance (QA) measures when necessary.
  • Devise and carry out a research scheme designed to test an original hypothesis pertaining to a current issue in the CLS field.
  • Analyze and evaluate research data and explain, both orally and in journal article format, its relevance to the general field of interest
  • Generate clear and concise written protocols for various CLS procedures.

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Admissions Requirements

  1. $50 application fee
  2. Completed online application
  3. Bachelor’s degree in CLS, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning
  4. Must be nationally certified or license-eligible as a clinical laboratory scientist or medical technologist for the Master’s of Science degree in CLS (requires proof of license or license eligibility); applicants who are not CLS license-eligible may still apply to this program to earn a Master of Science degree in Molecular Diagnostics.
  5. An official copy of general Graduate Record Examination(GRE) scores (requirement waived for CLS-licensed applicants)
  6. Official transcript of course work from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate course work. Students who received their undergraduate degrees from an institution outside the United States must have credentials evaluated by a third party evaluation service and the agency submit an official report to Dominican. Contact the Office of Admissions for further instructions. 
  7. Three letters of recommendation from instructors, professors, academic supervisors, and/or professional supervisors,on letterhead (one letter is waived for CLS-licensed candidates)
  8. Resume
  9. A personal statement (between 300 and 800 words) describing why the student is interested in pursuing a graduate degree
  10. Interview, at the discretion of program director
  11. In addition, candidates must demonstrate competency in the following areas prior to taking the related graduate courses in the MS program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences prior to admission:
    • Biostatistics or Statistics in the Health Sciences
    • Medical Microbiology
    • Hematology
    • Immunology
   12. Please note: International Candidates must meet additional admissions requirements, outlined here. 


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