College Catalog: 2013-2014

School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS): Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

Four Year Plan

Website: School of Theoretical and Applied Science


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 Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Students must complete 96 credits including the General Education requirements, the School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS) requirements, and a preprofessional core. Students who transfer to Ramapo College must complete 48 credits at Ramapo, 28 of which are science and/or math courses in the major before completing the program at Rutgers-SHRP. They then complete a 45 credit professional program at Rutgers – SHRP. 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 play a major role in early cancer detection.

Medical Lab Science
Medical lab scientists are professionals who are involved in providing laboratory data crucial for clinical diagnoses essential for patient therapy. Responsibilities of medical lab scientists vary and may include analysis of blood and body fluids, microorganism identification and diagnosis of infection, and managing laboratory information.

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 16-18 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 Rutgers 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 his/her application in the fall of the junior year to be eligible to commence the professional component at Rutgers SHRP after the spring semester.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if enrollment capacity in the majors has not been reached.

In order to be eligible for acceptance in the professional component of the program at Rutgers SHRP, students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA with no grade below C in their sciences.

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Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (six courses):  three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and Readings in the Humanities; the other three courses are taken in the major.

Note: Minimum GPA 2.75 in the major is required for graduation