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The Clinical Lab Sciences (CLS) program includes three years of general education and science coursework at Felician College and one year of advanced coursework at Rutgers University, culminating in a jointly awarded B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Graduates of the program will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

Students should declare their intention to pursue the Clinical Laboratory Science program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses.

Students must complete specified degree requirements at Felician College before they can enter Rutgers-SHRP for their professional coursework. Program graduates will receive a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science, with eligibility for national certification and state licensure, where applicable. Students may attend Felician College on a full-or part-time basis for their pre-professional coursework but the professional coursework usually requires full-time study.

Students pursuing a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science may select one of the following areas for their professional program:

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Scientists perform a wide variety of laboratory procedures that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and monitoring of disease. The major areas within this discipline include blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, and urinalysis. Many employment opportunities are available in hospital clinical laboratories as well as private and government laboratories, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s), pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and universities. The 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) (


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. The Cytotechnologist, an important fact-finder in disease-related research, is employed in the clinical laboratories of hospitals, private industry, and research and teaching institutions. This 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) ( in conjunction with the American Society of Cytopathology and sponsoring organizations.

Clinical Laboratory Science Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science are required to:
1. satisfy all entrance requirements;
2. complete all pre-professional curriculum requirements prior to enrollment at Rutgers;
3. maintain an overall 2.750 GPA with a grade of “C” or better in all required science and math courses; and
4. earn a minimum of 550 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into Clinical Laboratory Science programs.


Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (98 Credits) (At Felician College)

 Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Section Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (38 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (MATH 160 or higher) 4
CIS 101/103 Computer Applications 4/3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
______ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
______ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
HIST___ History Elective 3
FYE 100 * Freshman Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshman Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (48 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 310 Cell Biology 3
BIO 403 Immunology (required for MLS; recommended for cytotechnology) 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry 4
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence

4-year plan
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