Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university*
A minimum of 28 credits of coursework in biology, chemistry and the health sciences taken within 7 years of planned enrollment to the program
3 credits of precalculus or calculus
3 credits of statistics
Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for science courses
Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions attended
Personal essay addressing career goals and reasons for pursuing the MS-CLS Cytopathology Program.
Two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors, supervisors, lab managers, pathologist, and/or anyone with knowledge to evaluate the
applicant’s academic and professional performance.
It is highly recommended the courses listed below be included in the 28 credits of coursework and taken within 7 years of planned enrollment to
the entry-level program:
Anatomy and Physiology (8 cr)
General Biology (8 cr)
Cell Biology (3-4 cr)
Histology (3 cr)
General Chemistry (8 cr)
Organic Chemistry (3-4 cr)
Genetics (3 cr)
Biochemistry with Lab (4 cr)
Molecular Biology (3 cr)
Individuals seeking career opportunities in New York State, please note the New York State education requirements for licensure to practice:
*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) or other SHP approved equivalent evaluation services. Course and grade evaluation are
both 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 required
Technical Standard: Color Blindness Color blindness makes it challenging for some individuals to differentiate between some colors, shades of colors or see color brightness. These individuals see colors differently than most people. Color blindness may diminish observational skills required for laboratory testing. Recognizing color blindness is important. Individuals with color blindness can be trained to differentiate and characterize the colors of stains, reagents, microscopic cells, labels, biologic devices and or any device or printout used in diagnostic laboratory procedures.
To accommodate and provide training for our students with color blindness, newly admitted students are required to submit the results of color-blind testing to the Program Director. The School of Health Professions makes arrangements for color blind testing for those incoming students who are not able to obtain the testing privately.