The Clinical/Medical Technology Advanced Certificate Program

Student Handbook

The program handbook includes a description of the program, the University of Rochester, and Strong Memorial Hospital, information about program policies, a listing of didactic faculty (with links to professional profiles) and clinical instructors, and course descriptions.

Student Handbook PDF

Program Mission

The Advanced Certificate Program in Clinical/Medical Technology at the University of Rochester strives to educate future clinical laboratory technologists who are committed, dedicated, skilled and innovative in their work. We seek to achieve this goal by utilizing educational experiences that emphasize patient care in the cultivation of excellence, competency, teamwork, and integrity in all aspects of laboratory science.

Program Description

This full-time program prepares students for professional careers in clinical laboratory science. Students will complete both didactic and clinical experiences (preceptorships) at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Instructors  include NYS licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologists and clinical faculty from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. All clinical experiences take place in state of the art laboratories located at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.

The program is listed on the New York State Education inventory of registered programs that lead to a professional license. To practice the profession in New York State, graduates of the program must fulfill all the requirements for the licensing application including achievement of a passing score on the NYS licensing examination. These requirements are found here:   Conferral of the Certificate in Advanced Studies upon completion of the program is not dependent upon receipt of a passing score on any external board or licensing examination.

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The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), located at 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 through spring of 2024. Graduates are qualified to apply to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCP) to take the national board examination and achieve national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. See the The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website for more information.


Educational Objectives

Upon completing the Advanced Certificate Program in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology, graduates will

  • Have knowledge of and adhere to institutional, regional, national and international safety regulations in the clinical laboratory setting. 
  • Achieve the full range of competencies as entry level clinical laboratory technologists in the following domains: clinical chemistry; hematology/hemostasis, urinalysis, & body fluids; immunohematology/transfusion medicine; immunology; microbiology; and laboratory management & operations.
  • Accurately correlate laboratory findings to the diagnosis, prognosis, and disease management in the clinical and/or research setting.
  • Effectively troubleshoot outcomes that do not conform to prescribed protocols or outcomes.
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities. Have knowledge of the basic principles of management, education, regulatory oversight, quality management, continuous process improvement, and operations in the clinical laboratory setting.
  • Meet the licensure requirements in practice of Clinical Laboratory Technology in the state of New York.
  • Be eligible for certification by the ASCP as Medical Laboratory Scientists (when the program has reached “serious applicant status” in the NAACLS accreditation process).


Students must complete 35 credits (2 semesters) of coursework. This full time program is a combination of didactic lectures integrated with 720 hours of clinical experiences.

Program Outcomes

The Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry celebrated a 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam from American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) within one year of graduation for the class of 2018.

The program has a 96% graduation rate for students entering the last half of the program for the classes of 2018-2019.

100% of the graduates of the class of 2018 became full time employees in a hospital laboratory setting within a month of completing the Advanced Certificate Program.


Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in the biology, chemical or physical sciences with successful completion of the following courses and subject areas that include laboratory content:

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Analytic chemistry and/or biochemistry
  • Physiology, with anatomy content
  • Molecular biology and diagnostics
  • Microbiology

The following courses are also required:

  • Organic chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Immunology

It is recommended that applicants have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with a minimum math/science GPA of 2.8.

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Technical Standards/Essential Functions

Description: All candidates for the Advanced Certificate Degree in Clinical/Medical Technology must possess essential skills and abilities necessary to complete the program curriculum successfully either with or without reasonable accommodations for any disabilities the individual may have. Note: The use of an intermediary that would in effect require a student to rely on someone else’s power of selection, detection and observation will not be permitted.

The technical standards/essential functions for this program

Students admitted to the program are required to review the essential functions and to sign a statement certifying that they have read, understand and are able to meet the standards with or without reasonable accommodations.

How To Apply

Review the Application Timeline to ensure your application and all supporting materials are submitted prior to the deadline. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 


Applicants must have earned a U.S. baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they matriculate. Evidence of the earned degree is required prior to matriculation in the form of an official transcript noting degree conferral.

Application Requirements for Certificate Programs

It is expected that all application materials (with the exception of official score reports) be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Please note that the University of Rochester reserves the right to verify the accuracy of all transcripts and to require submission of official documentation at any point in the admissions review process.

  1. Online Application(recommended browser is Google Chrome)
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Uploaded copy of transcript(s) to online application.
    Please do not mail a hard copy at this time.
  4. Official TOEFL (institution code: 2948) or IELTS Scores
    For applicants whose native language is not English.
  5. CV or resume
  6. Payment of the $60.00 application fee
  7. Research papers, publications and other original works may also be submitted for consideration, but are not required.
  8. 2 letters of recommendation

It is expected that all application materials be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Please do not include secondary school documentation, financial documentation, etc., as these are not utilized during the admissions process.

Financial Information

Tuition Fees

The cost of tuition for the Advanced Certificate in Clinical/Medical Technology is $7000 for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please review the tuition refund refund policy and refund schedule for the 2020-21 academic year. Withdrawal policies are available in the Regulations and University Policies Concerning Graduate Students.

Health Insurance

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a full range of confidential, high quality primary health care services for full-time students and other members of the University community.

Full-time students participate in the Student Health Program, which covers primary care visits to UHS, time-limited therapy at the University Counseling Center (UCC), and health promotion services.

UHS offers health insurance for individual full-time University of Rochester students and their spouses/domestic partners through AETNA. Full-time students are required to participate in this plan unless they complete the Health Insurance Selection Process indicating they are waiving the insurance plan because they have other insurance. Insurance for spouses/partners and families is available for a fee payable by the student.


Vicki Roberts 
MT Program Director, Manager of Education
Phone: (585) 276-3688

Melissa Sullivan
Graduate Program Coordinator

Mailing Address

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 626
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 276-3688
Fax: (585) 756-4468

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