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Graduate Studies

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science

Overview of the Program

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Clinical laboratory science is related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. It combines the challenges of medicine, the basic sciences of biology and chemistry, and the clinical sciences into a very satisfying professional career.

Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform a variety of laboratory tests, ensure the quality of the test results, explain the significance of laboratory tests, evaluate new methods and study the effectiveness of laboratory tests. Examples of laboratory tests performed by Clinical Laboratory Scientists include:

  • The detection of the abnormal cells that cause leukemia
  • The analysis of cardiac enzyme activity released during a heart attack
  • The identification of the type of bacteria causing an infection
  • The detection of DNA markers for genetic diseases
  • Our graduates are eligible for the national certification examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification (ASCP BOC).

    • Clinical laboratory generalists in hospitals, clinics or commercial laboratories.
    • Clinical laboratory specialists working in areas such as microbiology, hematology, blood bank, chemistry, molecular biology/DNA, histocompatiblity, virology, immunology/serology, stem cell/bone marrow labs and flow cytometry.
    • Clinical laboratory supervisors, managers, administrators and directors.
    • Quality assurance/quality management specialists in hospitals or industry (e.g. pharmaceutical quality operations).
    • Technical representatives, sales representatives or research and development specialists in laboratory industries.
    • Clinical Research Associates (CRA) in clinical trials organizations.
    • Research technologists or research supervisors/coordinators in academic medical centers.
    • Laboratory information systems specialists.
    • Infection control officers in hospitals or clinics.
    • Educators for employee training programs or formal academic programs.
    • Consultants for Physician Office Laboratories.
    • Forensic scientists in governmental or commercial laboratories.
    • Clinical laboratory scientists in veterinary laboratories.


    Neumann University's certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018; Telephone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; or

    Admission Requirements

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    Coursework includes clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, hematology, hemostasis, clinical immunology, and immunohematology (blood banking). All CLS students experience a clinical internship at one or more of our affiliated area medical centers in the Tristate area (Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey).

    After completing all CLS course work and clinical practicum with a minimum competency of 80%, graduates will be proficient in the following entry level Learning Outcomes.

    Technical Standards are non-academic requirements vital to the successful completion of all aspects of the Clinical Laboratory Science curriculum. They are provided here to make you aware of them before you enter the program.

    Contact information

    Sandra M. Weiss EdD, MLS(ASCP)CM
    Professor and Program Director of CLS
    Arts and Sciences
    Phone: 610-558-5607

    Graduate Admissions

    Phone: 610-361-5208

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