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MS in Clinical Laboratory Science - Cytopathology Track

Advance Practice Cytotechnology Profession


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 demonstrate attention to detail, decision-making ability, and excellent communication skills. They apply principles of evidence-based practice, engage in research, scholarship, and continuous learning, and uphold the highest levels of ethical and professional values.

Advanced practice cytotechnologists are integral in providing anatomic pathology services; they work closely with pathologists, other laboratory professionals, and clinicians in hospital and reference laboratories, cancer centers, as well as in biopharma corporations, and research and academic institutions.

The MS in CLS Cytopathology Track is the only accredited cytotechnology educational program in New Jersey.  The curriculum consists of 60 credits taken over 5 semesters including 37 credits of Cytopathology core, 6 credits of Cytopathology electives, 12 credits of the MS-CLS core, and 5 credits of graduate project. Lectures and seminars are conducted on campus and online and student laboratory sessions are conducted on campus. Supervised clinical practice is provided at affiliated clinical sites in hospitals and reference laboratories.






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