The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program of Hunter College (MLS/HC) has developed a graduate degree to provide opportunities for advancement for MLS alumni and other biomedical laboratory professionals. Laboratory personnel may wish to move to management positions in the environments where they work, or in related disciplines. Our partner in this initiative is the School of Professional Studies (SPS) of the City University of NY (CUNY), http://www.sps.cuny.edu. The objective of the new degree is to provide working laboratory professionals with the knowledge and skills to enter positions of leadership in clinical/diagnostic, research, biotechnology, public health and pharmaceutical settings. These laboratories are dedicated to the diagnosis of disease as well as the full range of basic and clinical research and development.
In spite of expressed need by employers and technologists, there are very few management curricula that focus on this workplace environment. The curriculum (30 credits) is divided between HC (offering science and biomedicine classes) and SPS (offering business and management classes). A capstone internship completes the academic program. The MS degree is granted by HC following transfer of SPS courses, and the Advanced Certificate in Management from SPS. MLS and SPS have extensive experience preparing professionals for medical and science laboratories, and business managers in a variety of industries, respectively. The required core curriculum is supplemented by elective courses to suit the interests of students, and the varied laboratory specializations in which they work. Graduates will accept positions of management in laboratories as well as the larger institutions where they function.