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Master in Clinical Laboratory Science-Cytopathology Program

Explore Programs in Cytopathology Offered at Rutgers

We’ve revised our entry-level curriculum to reflect changes in the movement to diagnostic cytology practice and shortened the time frame for completion from 5 to 4 semesters. Our entry-level program admission requirements were also modified to provide broader access to applicants from diverse educational backgrounds to our program and a career in diagnostic cytology.

Advanced practice diagnostic cytologists are integral to providing anatomic pathology services. Our program teaches students to microscopically examine cells for malignancies, precancerous cells, and infectious diseases.

Diagnostic cytologists work closely with pathologists, other laboratory professionals, and clinicians in hospital and reference laboratories, cancer centers, biopharma corporations, and research and academic institutions to provide precision treatment and personalized patient care.

We offer two program options:

Full-time entry-level program, preparing you for diagnostic cytology practice, 43 credits
Full or part-time post-professional program for CT(ASCP) certified cytotechnologists looking to update skills to the advanced practice level, 35 credits

Entry-level Program
Rutgers provides the only accredited program preparing diagnostic cytologists in New Jersey through the MS in CLS Cytopathology Track. A career as a diagnostic cytologist is ideal for BS degree holders in the biological, or health sciences looking to pursue career paths in advanced health care practice.
The curriculum consists of 43 credits taken over 4 semesters. 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. Program graduates are eligible for certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Fully online, 35 credit, Post Professional Program
For practicing cytotechnologists with a BS degree from an accredited university, who completed a CAAHEP-accredited Cytotechnology Program, and have cytotechnologist certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, CT(ASCP) and looking to update skills to advanced practice level.

The application deadline for fall, 2021 admissions to both entry-level and post professional programs is July 1, 2021. Note that the entry-level program admits 12 students annually.

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
Curriculum vitae/resume
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.
Personal interview

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:
http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/clt/clp-cytforms.htm

*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

Online application.

Professional certification as a cytotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, CT(ASCP)
Professional experience as a cytotechnologist in GYN, Non-GYN, and FNA within the last 3 years. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will
be evaluated on an individual basis.

*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

Online application

For more information about admissions, please email the Office of Admissions

908-889-2425

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Contact a member of the cytopathology team to learn, ask questions, and start your journey toward a career as a diagnostic cytologist.
Lois E. Rockson PhD, MPH, MAEd, SCT(ASCP), CT (IAC)
908-889-2425
rocksole@shp.rutgers.edu

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