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Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

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 Professions of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Students must complete 96 credits including the General Education 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-SHP. They then complete a 45-credit professional program at Rutgers – SHP. This latter part takes 15 months starting in the summer after the third year.

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  TAS requirements need to be completed in the three years the student spends at Ramapo, students should anticipate taking 16 to18 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 SHP Clinical Lab Science program is November 1st 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 third year to be eligible to commence the professional component at Rutgers SHP 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 SHP, students must have a minimum 2.85 GPA with no grade below “C” in their science courses.

Note:  Program requirements and admissions criteria may change as a result of changes at Rutgers that is beyond Ramapo’s control.  For updated information consult

Outcomes for the Major

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes for Clinical Lab Science

Upon completion of the Clinical Lab Science program, graduates will be able to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
  • Record, analyze, and process specimens and diagnostic data and other pertinent lab data and work independently for presentation to the interpreting physician and
    • Identify pathogens and determine their susceptibility to various drugs
    • Prepare stem cells, red blood cells and platelets for safe transfusion
    • Identify leukemic cells so appropriate therapy can be initiated
    • Identify mutations associated with genetic diseases by analyzing patients’ DNA, RNA or proteins
    • Monitor therapy with anticoagulants and other drugs to ensure patient safety
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Develop and cultivate the confidence and responsibility needed to perform as a competent medical lab scientist
  • Understand and recognize the importance of adaptability
  • Implement and perform diagnostic procedures adhering to acceptable departmental, institutional, governmental and professional standards
  • Encompass strategies that assure professional development at a level of clinical practice consistent with acceptable standards
  • Establish values and attitudes congruent with professional standards and ethics
  • Demonstrate awareness of and operate within the Clinical Lab Scientist’s scope of practice
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 do not apply to Major requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (five courses):  two writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: Critical Reading and Writing II and also Humanities; the other three courses are taken in the major.
  4. Not all courses are offered each semester.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for semester course offerings.
  5. The Career Pathways Program requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Visit the Cahill Career Center.

Note: minimum GPA of 2.85 in the major is required for graduation