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The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program is the largest and the only university-based program in New Jersey. The curriculum consists of 45 credits of professional coursework (4 semesters, 15 months in duration) commencing annually during summer semester. The curriculum covers all the major areas of Medical Laboratory Science with additional experiences provided in laboratory management, statistical analysis and laboratory method evaluation, research methods, and molecular diagnostics.

The Program is located on the University, Newark and Scotch Plains campuses with some didactic components offered online. On and off campus practical experiences are incorporated to compliment classroom instruction. The following institutions located in Northern and Central New Jersey are affiliated with University-SHP to provide clinical practice experiences for the Program.

  • Bayshore Hospital, Holmdel
  • Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, Englewood
  • Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack
  • Liberty Health Systems, Jersey City
  • Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus
  • Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center NY)
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
  • New York Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Robert Wood Johnson - University Hospital, New Brunswick
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston
  • Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson
  • Saint Mary's Hospital, Passaic
  • Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark
  • Somersert Medical Center, Somerville
  • Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth
  • University Hospital, Newark
  • VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange and Lyons


Students must provide their own transportation when assigned to any of the clinical practice sites listed above.


Students may register for classes on a part time basis with the approval of the Program Director. Students must complete coursework within 8 semesters from the initial enrollment, including the summer semesters. Applicants to the Medical Laboratory Science Program, who have completed a NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Technician Program and have recently passed an acceptable National Certification Exam (NCA or ASCP) in the MLT category (generally within 5 years of enrollment) are eligible to receive 19 transfer credits from Rutgers-SHP for the professional coursework taken in their MLT Program. In the absence of acceptable certification, students may receive credit for Level 1 (MLT) coursework at the University through the credit by exam process. Advanced Placement of MLT graduates into MLS clinical practice courses is evaluated on an individual basis. A request for Credit by Exam for a particular course must be submitted in writing to the MLS Program Director a minimum of one month before the registration deadline for that course.

Generally, 35-40 students are enrolled annually. Graduates of the Program are eligible for certifying examinations in the Medical Laboratory Scientist category offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology - MLS (ASCP). The Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) - 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 847-939-3597.

Graduation Credentials:

Upon completion of the 45 credits of professional coursework in Medical Laboratory Science at the University, one of three credentials is conferred based on the manner in which preprofessional requirements for general education and prerequisite basic science coursework are completed, as follows:

Joint Baccalaureate Degree: Students who have completed a minimum of 90-96 credits of general education and prerequisite basic science coursework at one of eleven collaborating NJ Colleges and Universities are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BS in CLS) degree jointly by the University and the collaborating institution. This mechanism must be followed by all students who will earn the joint BS in CLS degree as their first baccalaureate degree. For more information click here.

Second Baccalaureate Degree: Students who have completed prerequisite basic science requirements and have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited US academic institution are awarded a BS in CLS degree solely by the University. In the special case of students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from one of eleven collaborating NJ Colleges and Universities and who have completed prerequisite science requirements at that same institution, a joint BS in CLS degree is awarded as the second baccalaureate degree, when possible.

Rutgers-SHP Certificate: Students who have completed prerequisite basic science requirements and previously earned a degree from a foreign country are awarded a Certificate by the University. The foreign degree must be evaluated as equivalent to a US baccalaureate degree.

About The Faculty:

Elaine M. Keohane, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)CM SH, MB
, Medical Laboratory Science Program
Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The University-School of Health Professions

Deborah A. Josko, Ph.D., MLT (ASCP), M, SM
Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Nadine Fydryszewski, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM
MSCLS Program-CLS Track Coordinator
Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Shashi R. Mehta, Ph.D., MT(AAB), C.A.G.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Carolina R. Vilchez, MS, MLS(ASCP)HCM
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Sean Ahrens, BS, MLS (ASCP)CM
Program Director - Phlebotomy Program                                                                                                                Instructor - Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences


Additional Faculty are based at affiliated clinical sites.


The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Program is to educate students who will function competently, creatively, responsibly, and collaboratively in a dynamic health care environment.

Program Goals

The educational goals of the Medical Laboratory Science Program are 1) to prepare competent Medical Laboratory Scientists to function in the clinical laboratory science field at the baccalaureate level; 2) to provide the student with a broad-base background to serve as a foundation for future growth and development; and 3) to prepare graduates to adapt to a changing health care environment. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level practice in scientific/technical areas, supervision/management, education and research. It is also designed to socialize the student to the attitudes and values of the profession, to provide an overview of the legal, ethical, economic, political and social aspects of the profession and the health care delivery system in general, and to instill a commitment to life-long learning.  Finally, the curriculum is designed to expand generic skills in effective communication, problem solving and self-directed learning.

Program Outcome Measures

Graduate Performance on the National Certification Exam

Out of 79 program graduates from 2012 through 2014 who took the certification exam, 72 (91%) passed the Medical Laboratory Scientist certification exam given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification

Employment of Program Graduates

Out of 89 program graduates from 2012 through 2014, who sought employment after graduation, 97% found employment in the field within one year of graduation.

Graduation and Attrition Rates

Approximately 90% of the students that begin the Medical Laboratory Science Program successfully complete the program.

For Further Information on the Program or profession or to arrange to attend a Program information session on the University campus contact:

Dr. Deborah A. Josko
The University-SHP Medical Laboratory Science Program
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107-3001



Rutgers School of Health Professions



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