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Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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If you are interested in biology, chemistry, medicine and problem solving, then a degree in clinical laboratory science may provide the perfect career path for you. Clinical laboratory science professionals are vital “healthcare detectives” who perform lab tests to pinpoint the cause of disease through the examination and analysis of blood, tissue and other body fluids. It is estimated that 70% of all medical decisions made by physicians are based on this vital information provided by clinical laboratory scientists.

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences is awarded jointly with Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions (Rutgers-SHRP). Students must complete specified degree requirements at Felician College before they can enter Rutgers-SHRP for their professional coursework. The program offers professional coursework, with eligibility for national certification and state licensure, where applicable, in the following areas of study:

Medical Laboratory Science

  • Medical laboratory scientists perform a wide variety of lab procedures that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and monitoring of disease. Major areas within this discipline include blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, and urinalysis.
  • Curriculum consists of classroom instruction and student laboratory experiences integrated with clinical practice at affiliated clinical laboratories. Additional experiences are provided in laboratory management, education, research, instrumentation, and computers.
  • The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (naacls.org)

Cytotechnology

  • In the clinical laboratory, the cytotechnologist prepares cell samples from various body sites to screen for abnormalities that are warning signs of cancer, thus affording early detection and treatment. Viral, fungal and parasitic infections are also readily detected by cytological techniques. Cytotechnologists are also involved in disease-related research.
  • Program offers study and practical experience in basic cytotechnology in which the biological sciences are the foundation for clinical laboratory techniques used to identify normal and abnormal cells.
  • Classroom instruction is combined with practical experience at affiliated hospitals and private laboratories.
  • The Cytotechnology program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (caahep.org) in conjunction with the American Society of Cytopathology and sponsoring organizations.

Required Courses

Career Opportunities

Employment of clinical laboratory technologists is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions. (United States Department of Labor).

Medical Laboratory Scientists

  • Hospital clinical laboratories
  • Private and government laboratories
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Research organizations
  • Universities

Cytotechnologists

  • Clinical laboratories of hospitals
  • Private industry
  • Research and teaching institutions

 

Program Contact Information

Dr. Manuel J. Ferreira Jr.
Associate Dean of Computer Science, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Email | 201.559.6000 (ext. 6042)
Kirby Hall 215 | Lodi Campus