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MS in Clinical Laboratory Science – Cytopathology Track


What is the MS in CLS–Cytopathology program?
The MS in CLS-Cytopathology program is the only accredited Cytotechnology education program in New Jersey, and only one of five entry-level masters programs in the country.

What will the MS in CLS Cytopathology program prepare you to do?

Advanced practice cytotechnologists perform diagnostic cytology by microscopically examining cells removed from all body sites to determine if a malignancy, precancerous lesion, or benign disease, such as an infection or inflammatory condition, is present. They assess acceptability of specimens collected at bedside by fine needle aspiration, use image analysis to screen specimens, and digital pathology to document their findings. They also use high-complexity technologies for detection and characterization of cancers and pathogens by examining DNA, RNA, and other cellular components using immunochemistry, flow cytometry, digital image analysis, fluorescence-in-situ hybridization, polymerase chain reaction, and other molecular methods. They work closely with pathologists, other laboratory professionals, and clinicians.  

What is the employment outlook for graduates?

Career opportunities are available in hospital and reference laboratories, cancer centers, as well as in biopharma companies, and research and academic institutions. 100% of program graduates obtain positions in the field within 3 months of graduation with competitive salaries.

What are the admissions options for the program?

There are two options for admission into the program.

  • ENTRY-LEVEL PROFESSIONAL OPTION: For individuals with a BS degree in biology or related science who completed the required undergraduate prerequisite science courses, and

    For practicing cytotechnologists with a BS degree from an accredited university, who completed a CAAHEP-accredited Cytotechnology Program, have cytotechnologist certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, CT(ASCP), and completed the required undergraduate prerequisite science courses.

 How long is the program?

Entry-level option: the program is 2 years, full time, 5 semesters. Classes begin annually in the Fall semester.
Post-professional option: the program is part time with students taking a minimum of 9 credits per year for 3 to 4 years. Students may begin the program in the Fall or Spring semester.


Is this program accredited?

The University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The MS in CLS Cytopathology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation of the Cytotechnology Program Review Committee (CPRC).

 When and where are the courses offered?

Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Some courses require attendance on campus or at affiliated clinical laboratories, and some courses are offered online.

 Can I get advanced placement in the MS program if I am already a practicing, ASCP-certified cytotechnologist?  

Students in the post-professional option undergo assessment of previous professional education and experience on an individual basis and may be approved for 25 to 31 credits to be applied to their MS degree requirements.

What are the tuition and fees for the program?

The University Board of Trustees approves tuition and fees on an annual basis. For more information click here.

Is financial aid available for students in this Program?

The best source of information about financial aid is the University Student Financial Aid Office. For more information call the Office at 973-972-4376. You may also be eligible for tuition assistance from your employer or for scholarships through your professional association. In addition the School of Health Professions offers a limited number of scholarships.

What are the Technical Standards for the program?

For the Technical Standards that apply to all SHP programs click here.

The Disability Compliance Coordinator may be reached at 973-972-8594.

When do I register for courses?

Prior to the beginning of each semester and dates for student registration are posted. Registration deadlines are available by going to the SHP Office of Enrollment Services. Click here.  













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