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B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

One of the Best Medical Lab Science Degree Programs in the Nation

Medical laboratory scientists do saves lives. In our Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor’s degree program,  you’ll learn to analyze cells and body fluids to identify blood disorders, bacteria and viruses; perform blood tests prior to major operations, and track the effectiveness of treatments.

In New Jersey, our Clinical Laboratory Science program is the state’s only university-based bachelor’s degree program. Our graduates work in hospitals, physician offices, veterinary labs, national and regional testing laboratories, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic industries, health agencies, research and teaching institutions and use their degree as a preparation for advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry or biomedical sciences.

Our 45-credit, curriculum begins in the summer semester. It can be taken full-time in four semesters, or part-time in eight semesters. It is located on the Newark campus, with some didactic components offered online. On and off-campus practical experiences complement classroom instruction.

After completion of the medical lab science program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam with the American Society for Clinical Pathology – Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

Students in our  bachelor’s degree program learn to use sophisticated microscopes and instruments and perform biochemical, microscopic, molecular, and immunological tests to analyze blood, tissues and other medical specimens. In a clinical laboratory, they use their skills in science, biotechnology, and medicine to provide essential information to physicians and other health care professionals. Working in a laboratory requires excellent technical skills as well as problem-solving, data analysis, computer skills and good oral and written communication.

The practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the valuable services provided by medical laboratory scientists.

Fast facts:

  • 98 percent of our Medical Laboratory Science graduates find employment in their field
  • Rutgers University is ranked #1 in health professions in the country by College Factual
  • We offer career laddering from a bachelor’s degree to a Doctorate in Clinical Lab Science

3 options:

Joint Baccalaureate Degree: For students who have completed a minimum of 88-90 credits of general education and prerequisite basic science coursework at one of 13 collaborating NJ Colleges and Universities.

Second Baccalaureate Degree: For students who have completed prerequisite basic science requirements and have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or baccalaureate-equivalent degree from an international college or university.

Certificate: For international students who have completed prerequisite basic science requirements and have an international bachelor’s equivalent degree from a non-accredited college or university.

Graduate Performance on the National Certification Exam

Out of the 169  program graduates who took the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) –Board of Certification in 2012-2017, 145   (86%) passed the exam on the first attempt.

Attrition Rate

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

Out of  190 program graduates from 2012 through 2017 who sought employment after graduation, 98% found jobs in the field within one year.

The employment outlook is excellent.  There is a national and regional shortage of clinical laboratory professionals and many employment opportunities are available in clinical laboratories of hospitals, commercial and reference laboratories, physician offices and health clinics and local and State public health departments.

Overall employment of medical laboratory scientists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the US. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.

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

The educational goals of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program are:

1) to prepare competent scientists to function in the clinical laboratory science field at the baccalaureate level;

2) to provide the student with a broad-based background to serve as a foundation for future growth and development;

3) to prepare graduates to adapt to a changing health care environment.

The curriculum covers all the major areas of clinical lab science with additional experiences provided in laboratory management, statistical analysis and laboratory method evaluation, research methods, and molecular diagnostics.

You are invited to a Virtual Open House to explore the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science program on October 12, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

Admissions deadline is Nov. 1

Generally, 40 students are admitted annually to the Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor’s degree program. Applicants from collaborating academic institutions receive first consideration for admission.

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

  • A minimum GPA of 2.85 is required with a C or better in all prerequisite courses below is required:

Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4-8 credits)
Cell Biology (3-4 credits)
Microbiology (4 credits)
Immunology (3 – 4 credits)
General Chemistry I and II (8 credits)
Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
Biochemistry with lab (4 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
Precalculus (3 credits)

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited academic institution. If the baccalaureate degree is from a foreign country, it must be evaluated as equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree.  The preferred evaluation service is the World Education Services.
  •   A second baccalaureate degree will be granted to a student with a bachelor’s degree equivalent from another country, providing the institution is accredited.  Students with a bachelor’s degree equivalent, international degree from a non-accredited institution, will receive a certificate of completion.
  • No  matter which route a student applies for: joint degree, second bachelor’s degree or certificate, they will be eligible to sit for the national ASCP exam in the category of Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Achieve a minimum of 79/80 on the Internet-based or 550 on the written TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if the applicant’s native language is not English.

The 15-month curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level practice in scientific/technical areas, supervisory/management positions, 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.

 Clinical Lab Science curriculum

The following health centers are affiliated with Rutgers SHP to provide clinical practice experience:

Atlantic Consolidated Laboratory, Morris Plains
Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel
CentraState Medical Center, Freehold
Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains
Columbus Hospital (LTACH), Newark
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, Englewood
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck
Hudson Regional Hospital, Secaucus
Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City
Lab Corp,Inc., Raritan
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Morristown Medical Center, Morristown
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
New York Presbyterian Hospital, NY
Overlook Medical Center, Summit
Quest Diagnostics, Teterboro
Robert Wood Johnson – University Hospital, New Brunswick
Robert Wood Johnson – University Hospital, Somerset
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston
Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson
Saint Mary’s Hospital, Passaic
Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark
Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights
Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth
University Hospital, Newark
VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange