Laboratory Sciences Major BSCLS

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences

Completion of this program will result in a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a concentration in laboratory science awarded jointly by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP). Students will complete 96 credits during their first three years at Fairleigh Dickinson University. They then must apply for acceptance to the professional component at Rutgers-SHRP.

Admission to the clinical courses at Rutgers-SHP requires a separate application, usually in the junior year. Consult the allied health adviser for application details and time lines. Admissions decisions for the clinical program are made in accordance with criteria, policies and procedures established by a joint Committee on Admissions, and Academic Status for the degree program and cannot be guaranteed by FDU. Students admitted to the clinical program must maintain a minimum grade point ratio of 3.0 in their remaining prerequisite courses at FDU subsequent to admission.

Laboratory Science Concentration

Medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instruments and biochemical, microscopic, molecular and immunological techniques to analyze medical specimens. They provide essential information to physicians about the presence, extent or absence of disease, as well as the effectiveness of treatment. They also apply their biomedical expertise in many areas such as cancer research, stem cell and organ transplantation and infections and genetic disease testing.

This exciting career is in high demand across the nation, allowing the Rutgers SHP graduates to boast an impressive 100% job placement rate, with starting salaries as high as $50,000-$60,000.

BSCLS, Medical Laboratory Science Concentration

Medical Laboratory Scientists use sophisticated instruments and biochemical, microscopic, molecular and immunological techniques to analyze medical specimens. They provide essential information to physicians about the presence, extent or absence of disease, as well as the effectiveness of treatment. They also apply their biomedical expertise in many areas such as cancer research, stem cell and organ transplantation and infections and genetic-disease testing.

Students in this major are required to receive a "C" or better in all science courses and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA or higher to be considered for the Rutgers SHP clinical training program.

Following acceptance to the Sonography program, students will require access to transportation while completing both classwork and clinical training at a variety of clinical sites over a period of 15 months beginning in the Fall of senior year. Tuition and financial aid are available through Rutgers.

Biology Requirements

Chemistry Requirements

Clinical Training

For additional information about the subsequent clinical training program, please refer to the Rutgers School of Health Professions website: http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/CLS/MLS/program.html

To learn more about the clinical training portion of this program, including the admissions requirements, please visit the Rutgers School of Health Professions webpage: http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/CLS/MLS/program.html

Additional Opportunities

Students who receive their certification in Medical Laboratory Science have additional career opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • Applying for medical school
  • Continuing on to Master degrees in Clinical Lab Sciences or Cytotechnology (cancer screening)
  • Continuing on to a Ph.D. in Cytotechnology