The Catholic University of America


Programs in Clinical Laboratory Science


 The purpose of the graduate programs in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) is to prepare first-rate laboratorians who are ready to address the challenges of the 21st century.  CUA has both M.S.and PhD. degrees in CLS.  Graduates of the Ph.D. program have assumed positions as faculty or administrators in academia, as administrators in hospitals or industry, and as clinical researchers. Graduates of the M.S. program have assumed positions as faculty in academia or as laboratory managers in hospitals.  The unique aspect of the CUA graduate programs and the characteristic that distinguish them from similar programs is the strength and quality of the clinical experience. Students spend two to four full semesters completing internships or research problems under the direction of renowned laboratory directors and managers in affiliated hospitals. Students have completed projects at Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health. These clinical experiences are customized to the career needs and goals of each student.