About the Major
This program is jointly sponsored by the School
of Theoretical and Applied Science of Ramapo College and the
School of Health Related Professions of the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ-SHRP).
Students must complete 90 credits at Ramapo College including
the General Education equirements, the School of Theoretical
and Applied Science (TAS) requirements, and a preprofessional
core. They then complete a 45 credit professional program at
UMDNJ. This latter part takes 15 months starting in the summer
after the junior year.Concentrations in:
Cytotechnologists are professionals that work in the field of
diagnostic cytology. Primarily working with pathologists, they
evaluate tissue samples microscopically for a variety of diseases.
Cytologists also pay a major role in early cancer detection.
Medical technologists are professional laboratory scientists
who are involved in providing laboratory data crucial for clinical
diagnoses essential for patient therapy. Responsibilities of
medical technologists vary and may include analysis of blood
and body fluids, microorganism identification and diagnosis
of infection, and managing laboratory information.
Toxicologists are scientists who study the harmful effects of
chemical and physical agents on living organisms and biological
systems. Toxicologists may work in drug development, testing
safety and efficacy of drugs, and analyzing forensic samples
in medical and non-medical settings. Toxicologists may also
work in environmental protection by monitoring the safety of
Because all Ramapo College and Theoretical and Applied Science
requirements need to be completed in the three years the student
spends at Ramapo, students should anticipate taking 17-19 credits
per semester. Of these, at least two courses per semester will
be in the sciences in order to fulfill the prerequisites
The application deadline for the UMDNJ-SHRP Clinical Lab Science
program is October 15 for classes beginning in June. (Applications
can certainly be submitted earlier.) Thus the typical student
should submit their application in the fall of their junior
year to be eligible to commence the professional component at
UMDNJ after the spring semester.
Applications received after the deadline will be considered
only if enrollment capacity in the majors has not been reached.
A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is required and grades of C or
better in all the basic science courses must be achieved to
be considered for admission. Admission to this program is very
competitive; students from eight other college partners will