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Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science

Program Description

The Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS) is an advanced practice degree designed for the certified medical laboratory scientist (MLS-ASCPCM) with an interest in advancing theoretical and clinical knowledge, practice, and research. Rutgers SHP is the first in the nation to offer this unique opportunity, taught by faculty with exceptional clinical expertise and world-wide recognition. The DCLS focuses on advanced clinical practice by preparing medical laboratory scientists to assume expanded roles as integral members of the interprofessional healthcare team in a variety of practice settings.

The DCLS consists of 80 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.  The theoretical (pre-residency) courses are all web-based (ONLINE). Following completion of these courses, a one year, full time clinical doctorate residency/practice component is required, which includes a research project.  Additionally, the clinical residency offers an outstanding opportunity for interprofessional collaboration.

Graduates of the DCLS program are prepared to be effective leaders in many facets of the clinical laboratory science profession, particularly in advanced practice roles. The advanced practice clinical laboratory practitioner can increase efficiency, facilitate patient management outcomes, and improve timely access to accurate and appropriate laboratory information by participating directly in patient care decisions, monitoring laboratory utilization, and conducting research on the diagnostic process. DCLS practitioners contribute to the interprofessional health care team and quality healthcare delivery as:

Experts in clinical laboratory testing.

  • Partners with clinical pathologists involved in clinical rounding and patient care.
  • Consultants with clinicians, other healthcare providers, and patients regarding laboratory test selection and test results interpretation.
  • Participants in interprofessional healthcare team conferences and clinical rounds.
  • Researchers conducting outcomes studies that provide evidence-based data that benefit patient care, patient safety, and promote quality and cost effective utilization of clinical laboratory services.
  • Advocates for patients by contributing to the reduction of medical errors







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