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The Department of Medical Laboratory Science offers four degree/certificate options:

  • Master of Science, major in medical laboratory science
  • Master of Science, major in clinical laboratory management
  • SBB certificate in blood banking

In 2010 the SBB certificate program and the Master of Science degree program were combined allowing individuals to complete both the SBB certificate and the MS in clinical laboratory management online.

For more information about these programs, click on the links at left for each of the programs.


Rush has a long and distinguished history of educating medical technologists; more than 500 students have graduated from Rush's medical technology program over the nearly half century since the program began.

The program's history dates back to 1959, when the School of Medical Technology was part of Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital. The second largest school of its kind in Chicago, the School of Medical Technology provided a one-year internship program to more than 200 students in medical technology from 1959 until 1972.

In 1973 the School of Medical Technology was one of the first internship programs in the country to convert to a two-year baccalaureate degree program. The program, offered through the College of Health Sciences of Rush University, is built around a core of basic and advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical practice.

The department name change from clinical laboratory sciences to medical laboratory science was approved by the Rush University Medical Center Board of Overseers in August of 2010. The Illinois Board of Higher Education also approved the BS and MS degree name change to medical laboratory science. This change was made so our department and degrees reflect the recent name change of the professional certification by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Students enter the program after two years of precurriculum coursework, and receive a bachelor's degree after completing two years of study.

In 2000 a Master of Science entry-level program was started. Individuals who possess a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry, who have completed all prerequisite coursework, enter this program and fulfill certification requirements to enter the profession of medical laboratory science/medical technology. In addition, students complete a formal research project.

The specialist in blood banking certificate program started in Fall 2007. The Doctor of Health Sciences (PhD) program with a track in medical laboratory sciences is also available. Call the department at (312) 942-2111 for more information.


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