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Clinical Lab Science (CLS)


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About Clinical Lab Science (CLS)

Would you be interested in being a healthcare detective? Picture yourself viewing tissue samples with a microscope to identify a certain disease or illness?

By studying Clinical Lab Science, medical laboratory scientists use their knowledge and skills in science, biotechnology and medicine to provide essential information to physicians and other health care professionals about the presence, extent, or absence of disease, as well as effectiveness of treatment.

Classes you can take:

Statistics, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Histology, Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Fundamentals of Chemistry

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Career Opportunities

As a CLS major at Ramapo College, you’ll submit your application to Rutgets-SHP.

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.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Life Scientists, All Other$48,110 - $141,120
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$78,090 - $188,230
Food Scientists and Technologists$38,200 - $132,170
Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers$70,760 - $161,220

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Success Stories
Hands-On Learning

This program is jointly sponsored by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS) of Ramapo College and the School of Health Professions of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (Rutgers-SHP). Students must complete 96 credits including the General Education requirements, TAS requirements, and a preprofessional core. Students who transfer to Ramapo College must complete 48 credits at Ramapo, 33 of which are science and 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 junior year.

Some examples of clinical placements for Clinical Lab Science majors include: Valley Health Systems, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Hackensack University Hospital, Chilton Hospital and hospitals in New York City such at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.