Through a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management program, students gain the knowledge and credentials needed to pursue supervisory roles in this field. While enhancing their scientific and technical lab skills, students study subjects required for healthcare and laboratory management, such as finance, operations, human resources, and marketing. Courses can include organizational theory, research, health administration budgeting, quality management, and clinical laboratory science. Certification in this field is available to graduates from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Students will need to have a bachelor's degree in relevant field with satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores to enroll, as well as ASCP laboratory certification.
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A program may require previous coursework in biology, college math, organic chemistry, or biochemistry. Topics in administrative healthcare management, research, and science may be covered. Applicants may be asked to supply letters of reference and their own personal statement. Completion of the graduate record examination and a graduate management admission test is also essential. Common coursework includes:
- Health care organization
- Computer management systems
- Human resources management
- Operations management
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), a 16% growth is expected between 2014 and 2024 for clinical laboratory technicians and technologists. The number of job openings is expected to be greater than the number of applicants. According to PayScale.com, the salary range for clinical and medical laboratory supervisors was $46,671-$86,131 as of January 2016.
The ASCP Board of Certification ensures excellence of laboratory professionals in over 20 categories. Clinical laboratory management professionals can earn the Diplomate in Laboratory Management (DLM) credential. Several routes are available for obtaining certification, including a master's degree with ASCP board certification as a technologist, scientist or specialist and two years work experience managing a clinical lab within the last ten years. On its website, ASCP (www.ascp.org) lists thirty two areas related to finance, marketing, personnel, and operations; applications must show experience from twenty of these areas, such as budgeting, contract negotiations, consumer relations, market research, facilities management, conflict resolution, and others.
A master's degree in clinical laboratory management provides students with the skills to work in and manage a laboratory in a safe and efficient way. The ASCP offers certification as a proof of a graduate's skills.