The BS in Clinical Laboratory Science degree will prepare graduates as medical laboratory scientists through a partnership program leading to a BS degree awarded jointly between FDU and Rutgers University, School of Health Professions (SHP) and be eligible to sit for the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Students must complete 6 semesters of pre-professional courses at FDU before applying for the clinical laboratory experience at Rutgers. 

Careers as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (AKA “Clinical Laboratory Scientist”)

Medical Laboratory Scientists are clinical laboratory professionals who play a major role in patient care, providing laboratory data which are crucial for the diagnosis of diseases, the management of patient therapy and maintenance of health. Medical Laboratory scientists perform a wide variety of analytical procedures requiring expertise in state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, as well as organizational, problem solving and communication skills. Major disciplines in medical technology include clinical chemistry, clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, hematology, and immunohematology. They perform complicated chemical, biological, microscopic and bacteriological tests. For example, medical laboratory scientists microscopically examine blood, make cultures of fluid or tissues the samples, use computers to verify and organize lab data, and analyze the samples for chemical content or reaction. 

Medical Laboratory Scientists have the versatility to be employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, physicians’ offices, local/state and government agencies, pharmaceutical and cosmetic firms, veterinary offices, and research institutions.

  • Employment rate in various healthcare agencies in the tri-state area: >98%
  • Salary after completion of Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: >$70,000

Clinical Laboratory Experience

  • Six semesters of college work are required for admission to this hospital program. At the end of the sixth semester, students may apply to a program of medical technology approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  • A clinical training program is required of students who wish to qualify for the examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (A.S.C.P.) for the certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (see Special Information below).
  • Students who are not selected for a clinical training program may continue for a BS in Health Studies (or a BS in Science). Upon completion of the BS degree, students may again apply for the clinical training program.
  • During the clinical training, students may be asked to report to a laboratory five days a week.  

Application Requirements

Application to FDU

  • Applicants who are graduates from an accredited secondary school with a record indicating potential to succeed in college will be considered for admission.

Application to the Clinical Laboratory Experience at Rutgers

  • Six semesters of college work are required for admission to the clinical training program at Rutgers, SHP. 
  • Students must apply in their 3rd year for the clinical training program.
  • The approximately 15-month clinical training program is required of students who wish to qualify for the examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS-ASCP).
  • Admission to the clinical training program is competitive.

Curriculum

A minimum of 141 credits is required for graduation from the FDU Clinical Laboratory Science BS (University Training Program) to become a Clinical/Medical Laboratory Scientist.  After completion of 3 years of study at FDU (minimum 96 credits, of which 43 are GenEd and 53 are courses in the major), the program is completed in 15 months at Rutgers University School of Health Professions (additional 45 credits). Students will earn a BS Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from FDU and a Clinical Laboratory Science Certificate from Rutgers University.

General Education Requirements (43 credits)

(UPDATED 2024 WITH NEW GEN-ED CURRICULUM)
  • Written & Oral Communication (9 credits) 
    • WRIT1002 Composition I: Rhetoric and Inquiry
    • WRIT1003 Composition II: Research and Argument
    • Oral Communication: Select from GenEd options
  • Information and Technological Literacy (3 credits) 
    • Select from GenEd options
  • Ethical Reasoning (3 credits) 
  • Global and Cultural Understanding (6 credits) 
  • Scientific and Quantitative Analysis (8 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Analysis (6 credits)
    • Social Science: Select from GenEd options
    • Behavioral Science: Select from GenEd options
  • Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities (6 credits)
    • Creative & Expressive Arts: Select from GenEd options
    • Humanities: Select from GenEd options
  • University Core (2 credits)
    • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life
    • UNIV2001 Cross-cultural Perspectives

 

Major Requirements (53 credits)

Rutgers (4th Year) Requirements (45 credits)

  • Courses as prescribed by Rutgers University

 

Special Information

FDU offers two four-year programs geared to qualifying for and passing the examination by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS-ASCP). These are the Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS and the Medical Technology BS. The first three years of the Academic Program Plan for the two degrees are identical, and the courses can be taken at either NJ campus. The fourth year of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS is 12-15 months of training at Rutgers School of Health Professions. The fourth year of the Medical Technology BS is the hospital-based internship at Valley Hospital in Bergen County or other approved hospital system. Both a hospital-based internship and the clinical training program at Rutgers SHP can provide appropriate preparation for the ASCP certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Both are competitive admissions programs.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS (University Training Program) A clinical training program at Rutgers SHP offer a more structured educational experience, with a curriculum designed to prepare you for the ASCP certification exam. You will learn from experienced faculty members and have access to resources such as lectures, laboratory simulations, and clinical rotations in multiple affiliated hospitals. This program can provide a more comprehensive understanding of laboratory medicine and prepare you for a wider range of career opportunities.

Medical Technology BS (Hospital Internship Program) – A hospital-based internship offers hands-on experience in a clinical laboratory setting, allowing skills and knowledge to develop under the guidance of working professionals. You may have the opportunity to rotate through different departments within the laboratory, gaining exposure to a variety of laboratory techniques and instrumentation. This experience can be particularly valuable if you are interested in pursuing a career in a specific area of laboratory medicine. The hospital-based experience, with rotations to multiple departments within the single hospital system, and with many opportunities for hospital personnel to engage the student as a prospective employee, often leads the student to employment in that hospital. 

Geography may also play a role in your preference. Valley Hospital is in northern Bergen County. Rutgers SHP’s main campus is at Rutgers-Newark. The Allied Health faculty at FDU will have at least anecdotal and sometimes statistical guidance about each of these options. 

Contact Information
Administrative Coordinator for Entry Level Programs
snah@fdu.edu
201-692-2388