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Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina Street, Suite 1019
Chicago, IL 60612
Maribeth Flaws, PhD, MLS(ASCP),SM,SI, Chair
Phone: (312) 942-2115

Program Overview and History

Rush has a distinguished history of educating medical technologists dating back to 1959. Today, the department offers three degree programs and a certificate for specialist in blood bank:
  • MS, major in medical laboratory science
  • MS, major in clinical laboratory management
  • SBB certificate in blood banking
Students enrolled in the SBB Program may additionally choose to complete the MS in Clinical Laboratory Management option.

To learn about these programs, click on the links at left for each of the programs. For information on the history of clinical laboratory sciences at Rush, click on the MORE link below.

If you are a medical technology or clinical laboratory sciences graduate, click the link at right for "CLS Alumni Updates" to keep in touch.

What Is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical laboratory scientists, also called medical technologists, are highly trained health care professionals who perform hundreds of different types of tests critical to the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disease. Since medical laboratory scientists generate as much as 70 percent of the data found in a patient's medical record, they are, without a doubt, critical members of the health care team. For more information about medical laboratory science, click on the "More" link below.


Rush's medical laboratory science (formerly clinical laboratory sciences) program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. In the past four accreditation reviews, Rush University's program received the maximum accreditation of seven years. This is a strong testament to the program's excellence. For more information on program accreditation, click on the "More" link below.

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