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Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Clinical Laboratory Science profession is an exciting and rewarding health career.  Clinical laboratory scientists provide rapid access to laboratory test results that are critical for the diagnostic and treatment decisions necessary for the delivery of quality healthcare.

Mission Statement

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences believes that quality healthcare is an individual right. We seek to produce compassionate healthcare professionals who will maintain professional competence, excel as leaders, and promote health education for the United States as well as the global community. Therefore, the mission of the department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Howard University is to educate highly skilled and proficient laboratory scientists committed to providing quality health care. Special emphasis is placed on developing and empowering promising African-American students.

Vision Statement

The goals of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science are to:

  1. Prepare laboratory scientists capable of contributing to the delivery of quality healthcare by their ability to understand and interpret new technologies and protocols as they embark on the ever-advancing field of laboratory sciences.
  2. Instill in our students a sense of responsibility, compassion, and professionalism towards those they serve and with the ability to work successfully among a diverse group of individuals as participating team members.
  3. Develop active laboratory professionals who seek to expand their horizons and contribute to the development of the profession through lifelong learning and participation in professional organizations and continuing education programs.
  4. Become nationally recognized as a leading academic center in the biomedical laboratory sciences whose graduates are equipped to serve in healthcare delivery, informatics, and advanced scientific areas.


A graduate of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program should be proficient in the following entry level competencies:

  • Effective communication with peers, supervisors, other health professionals and consumers
  • Professional consultation with other laboratory and technical support personnel
  • Mastery of appropriate procedures for collecting, processing and analyzing biological specimens for analysis
  • Accurate performance of standard, complex, and specialized analytical tests on biological specimens
  • Recognition, interpretation and correlation of abnormal laboratory data with disease states
  • Evaluation, validation, and implementation of new laboratory procedures and instrumentation in compliance with regulatory agencies
  • Investigation and verification of quality control and quality assurance measures, and the introduction of appropriate corrective procedures to achieve accuracy and precision
  • Management and application of the principles of laboratory information systems
  • Establishment and maintenance of effective laboratory safety protocols in accordance with regulatory standards
  • Pursuit of continuing education activities that enhance professional growth and competence
  • Evaluation and provision of effective educational and technical instruction in laboratory practice to students, laboratory personnel, other health professionals and consumers
  • Comprehension and application of the principles of personnel, fiscal, and administrative management
  • Critical evaluation and analysis of information, and the application of problem solving skills to real world challenges
  • Modeling and reinforcing the ethical standards of professional conduct

Program Outcoumes

Board Certification Pass Rate

Calculated on those who applied and passed the exam on the first attempt within 1 year of graduation.

Board Passage/Cerification Rate
2015 - 2016 2016 - 2017 2017 - 2018
80% 86% 100%

Graduation Rate

Calculated by those who entered the final half of the program and then subsequently graduated.

Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 2017 - 2018 2018 - 2019
71% 87% 100%

Placement Rate

Includes those who attained employment and/or continued to pursue additional education.

Placement Rate
2015 - 2016 2016 - 2017 2017 - 2018
100% 100% 100%

Career Paths

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities for clinical laboratory scientists are projected to increase both nationally and internationally in the coming decade.  A Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from a nationally accredited university prepares one academically for entry into the profession. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences department at Howard University is committed to the preparation of confident, competent, and “market ready” professionals who can compete successfully in today’s job market.

Our curriculum is constantly assessed and updated to ensure that students are provided with the education and technical competence necessary for the many job options available.

The employment outlook for clinical laboratory scientists is also impacted by the national move toward licensure and certification for all employees.  Most hospitals and medical centers currently employ only individuals with national certification. National certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) is accepted as equivalent to state licensure by most states.

Today’s clinical laboratory scientist is involved in the development, maintenance, and use of new technologies, molecular diagnostic procedures, information technology systems, direction of robotic systems, and in the creation of ordering pathways and reflex testing algorithms. The education and quality assurance expertise achieved in the program are essential components of maintaining the standards of test performance and laboratory compliance.  

A degree in Clinical Laboratory Science prepares graduates for employment opportunities in clinical, veterinary, and forensic laboratories; biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries; and management, marketing, and biomedical sales. Clinical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Technologists), including graduates of Howard University, are employed nationally in the following settings:

  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Physician Office Laboratories
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Public Health Laboratories
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Red Cross
  • Bioterrorism Laboratories
  • Traveling Technologists

Global Outreach

The need for qualified, competent clinical laboratory scientists is also of concern in resource-poor nations worldwide.  Clinical laboratory scientists are needed internationally to assist in building laboratory capacity, developing laboratory educational programs, improving laboratory facilities, and preparing laboratories for regulatory oversight--especially in sub-Saharan Africa and some regions of the Caribbean. Expanded HIV testing and the exploding global epidemic of tuberculosis, including multiple drug resistance (MDR-TB) and extreme drug resistance (XDR–TB), increases the demand for laboratory capacity to facilitate diagnosis and management by providing microbial identification, real-time drug resistance testing, strain fingerprinting and the monitoring of patients’ infectious  status.


The Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018