Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Fast-track your career in the clinical medical arena with a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and a minor in biology from Georgian Court University.
The joint degree program is a partnership with the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP). You will spend the first three years taking basic science and General Education courses, and then apply to Rutgers-SHP prior to the end of their junior year. If accepted, you will spend the fourth year completing specialized courses in one of two areas: medical laboratory science or cytotechnology.*
Before enrolling in Rutgers, you must complete at least 90 credits in total (including required Rutgers prerequisite courses). Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students earn the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a minor in biology, which is jointly awarded by Rutgers and GCU. Students must check that their credits from both institutions equal at least 120 credits.
*Please note that the cytotechnology program was discontinued by Rutgers University in 2017 and will probably be replaced by a 3+2 combined bachelor’s to master’s program. Students interested in cytotechnology cannot currently choose a cytotechnology degree pathway but may wish to ensure that they complete the previous cytotechnology course requirements while at GCU so they are prepared for a cytotechnology degree pathway in the future.
The B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (medical laboratory science specialization) is a joint-degree program with the Rutgers University School of Health Professions in Newark and Scotch Plains. At GCU, students take a specific set of science courses leading to a minor in biology, and complete the general education (physical education, humanities and social sciences) requirements at GCU. This typically adds up to a total of 85 or more GCU credits. In the fall of the junior year (consult with advisor and Rutgers University website for deadline date), the student applies to the Rutgers University’s School of Health Professions. If accepted, the student spends 12 to 15 months taking the 45 credits of specialized courses in the medical laboratory science program at Rutgers University. At the conclusion of the period of study at Rutgers University, the student earns a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a minor in biology, jointly awarded by GCU and Rutgers University. Students pay GCU tuition and fees while enrolled at GCU, and Rutgers University tuition and fees while enrolled at Rutgers University.
GCU does not guarantee acceptance into any Rutgers University program. Rutgers University generally expects applicants to have earned no grade lower than a C in the required science courses and to have a minimum GPA of at least 2.85 (requirements subject to change). Meeting or exceeding the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance into the Rutgers University program. Some Rutgers University courses are taught online.
For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.