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Admission Guidelines

The following items are required for admission into the program:

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (NCA) or Medical Technologist (ASCP).

Acceptable management work experience in a clinical laboratory.

One course in statistics (or equivalent).

One course in accounting (must be completed prior to the Finance sequence).

Three letters of recommendation from past instruc- tors or employers.

Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants who have taken the paper based TOEFL must also submit the Test of Written English (TWE) scores.

A personal interview.

Students accepted to the Clinical Laboratory Management program must successfully pass a crimi- nal background check.

Application Procedures

Submit the following items:

Complete the on-line application at: www.rushu.rush.edu/admiss/hlthadm.html.

Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. Applicants who have attended an institution of higher education outside the United States must submit a course-by-course evalu- ation of their foreign transcripts completed by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Contact ECE at 414-289-3400 or www.ece.org.

Three letters of recommendation (a combination of former college or university faculty and current employer is preferred).

GRE or GMAT scores.

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.

The Program

The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Manage- ment is specifically designed for the practicing clinical laboratory scientist (medical technologist) who is either currently in a management position and would like to have the academic credentials to validate their competency, or interested in advancing their career towards a position in laboratory management. Gradu- ates of the program who have at least two years of full time experience as a clinical laboratory supervisor or manager within the last ten years, may apply for the Diplomat in Laboratory Management, DLM (ASCP).

Program Structure

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management consists of courses from the existing Health Systems Management Program, the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program and elective courses from other programs within the University.

A master’s project (non-thesis) will be completed during the second year and involves the student in a hands-on project led by a clinical practitioner who will help choose, develop and guide the project from its inception to completion. This will include (as part of the course requirement) preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication in a professional journal prior to graduating from the program.

A full-time student will be able to complete the course work and master’s project in 2 years (6-7 quarters). A student who chooses to enter the program on a part- time basis is allowed a maximum of 5 years to complete the program.

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