Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science

Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science
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First Cohort for New Students

The application for the DCLS is not yet open. The first students will be able to apply for the Fall 2025 cohort. Reach out to our Enrollment Services Team with questions!

A Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS) from the University of Cincinnati Online is built for professionals at the baccalaureate and graduate levels seeking to expand their knowledge and skills to high-complexity laboratory positions. These can include faculty positions in education programs, governmental, or clinical laboratory settings.

Our doctorate program seeks to improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of laboratories across the nation and improve the overall quality of healthcare. Laboratory science professionals relay crucial test results to physicians and require High Complexity Laboratory Directors (HCLDs) to manage and educate those seeking to advance. This program teaches the skills needed to assume these roles and beyond. It can be considered the next step from existing online laboratory science degrees also offered online at the University of Cincinnati: Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership.

University of Cincinnati’s Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Science Program

The Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Science is designed to increase diagnostic efficiency among professionals in laboratories. Whether students are clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs) or medical technologists (MTs) who have at least a bachelor’s degree, they can qualify for this program which will help them accomplish even more.

The Goal of UC’s DCLS Program

The Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Science program’s goal is to provide students at the baccalaureate and graduate levels with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes that help medical laboratory science professionals succeed. These include attributes in leadership, education, research, and advanced practice that will allow these professionals to meet their professional goals and to maintain and improve the quality of health care nationwide. The DCLS program coursework is built to emphasize the competencies that help medical laboratory professionals serve as leaders, clinical practitioners, and educators according to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Science Program Outcomes

Students who complete the DCLS program will be able to:

  • Provide customized, patient-centered consultation services to help with clinical decision-making among healthcare teams for their patients.
  • Monitor laboratory data, and perform tests and diagnostic procedures for patients using informatics and analytics to improve accuracy and reduce costs and errors.
  • Conduct research and apply evidence to demonstrate clinical laboratory tests and algorithms to improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of testing processes.
  • Educate healthcare providers and the public, including patients and their families, about the indications, evidence, preparation, and interpretation of lab testing, including at-home self-testing.
  • Direct laboratory operations to comply with all state and federal laws and regulations, including guidelines determined by professional licensure boards and certification/accreditation agencies.
  • Participate in public and private health policy decision-making at all organization and government levels using evidence.

Is a Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science the Right Choice for Me?

Are you a working laboratory professional concerned about pursuing more education due to your existing commitments at work and home? If so, this program is built just for you! The demand for laboratory professionals with the qualifications to lead and educate future professionals is only going to rise in the years to come. With a Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science, you can be the difference that the industry needs to ensure that quality health care is provided all across the nation!

Our program is only available during the fall cohort each year, which means it’s best to complete your application early to ensure all the admission requirements are met. Please complete and submit the form at the top of this page to get the process started!

Program Offerings:

  • Full and Part-Time Options
  • Pathways for Those with Bachelor and Master’s Degrees
  • Hybrid Learning Between In-Person Residency and Asynchronous Online Coursework
  • Opportunity to Complete Residency at a Local Facility
  • World-Class Faculty Leadership
  • Application to Graduation Support from UC Online
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Active Military and Veterans
  • University to Business Scholarships

This program is currently applying for accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont IL 60018-5119.

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