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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.


As a CLS major at Ramapo College, you’ll submit your application to Rutgets-SHRP in the fall of your junior year and elect a concentration in either Cytotechnology or Medical Lab Science.

Cytotechnologists are professionals who 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 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

This program is jointly sponsored by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS) of Ramapo College and the School of Health Related Professions of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (Rutgers-SHRP). 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, 28 of which are science and 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.

Some examples of co-op placements for Clinical Lab Science majors include: Valley Health Systems, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Chilton Hospital.