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The Cytotechnology Program is the only program currently available in New Jersey. The curriculum consists of 44-47 credits of professional coursework and is four semesters (15 months) in duration commencing annually during fall semester. Theoretical and practical experiences in all the major areas of cytotechnology are provided, namely the female genital tract, respiratory and urinary tract, body cavity fluids, fine needle aspiration and cyto processing of specimens. Additional experiences are provided in laboratory management, cytogenetics, independent study projects and molecular diagnostics.

Classroom instruction, integrated with student laboratory activities, provides the foundation for student clinical practice at affiliated clinical laboratories in New Jersey. The following institutions are affiliated with Rutgers-SHP to provide clinical practice experiences for the Program:

 
  • Community Medical Center, Toms River
  • Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth
  • Morristown Memorial Hospital , Morristown
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
  • Quest Diagnostics, Inc., Teterboro
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston
  • St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark
  • Somerset Medical Center, Somerville
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
  • University Hospital, Newark
  • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood

The Program is located on the Rutgers-SHP Scotch Plains campus, Scotch Plains, NJ. Clinical practice sites are located within a 50-mile radius of the campus. Students must provide their own transportation when assigned to any of the clinical practice sites listed above.

A maximum of twelve students are enrolled annually. Graduates of the Program are eligible for certifying examinations in the Cytotechnologist category offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology - CT(ASCP). The Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Professions (CAAHEP), upon recommendation of the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee (CPRC). CPRC represents CAAHEP's Committee on Accreditation for Cytotechnology. The American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) is a sponsoring organization for CPRC..

Graduation Credentials:

Upon completion of the 44-47 credits of professional coursework in cytotechnology 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 credits of general education and prerequisite basic science coursework at one of elevencollaborating 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 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:

Cecilia B. Vallejo, BS, M.D., Diplomate American Board of Pathology
Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The University - School of Health Professions

Lois Rockson, MPH, MAEd., SCT(ASCP)CM, CT(IAC)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The University - School of Health Professions

Additional Faculty at affiliated clinical sites.

For Further Information:

For further information on the Program or profession contact:

Cecilia B. Vallejo, M.D
The University - SHP Cytotechnology Program
Health Technologies Building, Room 524
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908-889-2425 or 973-972-5578
vallejcb@shp.rutgers.edu

 

 

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