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MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences – Cytopathology Track


Application Dates: Application and ALL required documents must be submitted by these dates.

  • July 1 for Fall term (all options)
  • November 1 for Spring term (post-professional option only)

Application, fee, and all supportive documents must be submitted by these dates.




Entry Level Option

Post-Professional Option

*Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university



Overall minimum GPA of 3.0



Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for science courses



Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better (within 7 years of enrollment):

  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 cr)
  • Cell Biology (3 cr)
  • Microbiology (4 cr)
  • Immunology (3 cr)
  • Histology (3 cr)
  • General Chemistry (8 cr)
  • Organic Chemistry (3-4 cr)
  • Biochemistry with lab (4 cr)
  • Precalculus/Calculus (3 cr)
  • Statistics (3 cr)
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology are recommended



Completion of a CAAHEP-accredited Cytotechnology program



Cytotechnologist certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology



Documentation of professional experience as a cytotechnologist in GYN, Non-GYN, and FNA.

  • Cytology Related Continuing Education Certificates past 3 years
  • Gynecologic Cytology Proficiency Testing results past 3 years
  • Inter-Laboratory Comparison Program Participation results past 3 years
  • Liquid Based and Review Scope Training Certificates-Hologic ThinPrep®  and BD SurePath™ Pap Test Morphology Training, Hologic Imager Review Scope® and BD FocalPoint™ GS System Certificates
  • Certificates, letters, documents verifying techniques training (molecular techniques, equipment training).



Personal interview



In addition, applicants for all options must submit:

  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions attended.
  • Resume listing educational institutions and places of employment with number of years and scope of practice (GYN, NON-GYN, FNA, Ancillary Techniques)
  • Curriculum vitae listing publications, posters, projects participation (validation, new systems), and committee participation related to cytologic practice.
  • Personal essay addressing career goals and reasons for pursuing the MS-CLS Cytopathology Track.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from supervisor, lab manager, pathologist, and/or college professor who have the knowledge to evaluate the applicant’s academic and professional performance.

 *Applicants who have earned a degree from a non-US accredited institution must comply with the applicable University and School policies and submit:

  • Transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES)
    • Only WES is accepted for the MS-CLS in Cytopathology Track
    • Course and grade evaluation is required
  • Official transcripts sent from the non-US institution directly to Rutgers-School of Health Professions
  • TOEFL exam scores:
    • Taken within the last 2 years
    • Minimum of 79/80 on the Internet-based exam is required

Online application:

The Admissions Selection Process

Selection of applicants for admissions is a competitive process that is the responsibility of the program faculty admissions committee. The University places no restrictions on prospective applicants because of their color, creed, race, sex, age, marital status, or national origin. The University recognizes the value of diversity and is committed to providing appropriate support to its student body.

 G.P.A. minimum requirement/credentialing requirement:

  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Cumulative GPA for science courses of 3.0
  • For post-professional option only: professional certification as a Cytotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, CT(ASCP)

For more information about admissions, please contact the Office of Admissions: or 973-972-5336.


Online application:








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