clinical lab sciences program

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.

Program

To earn a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Biology courses (27–28 credits)
  • Chemistry courses (16 credits)
  • Mathematics course (3 credits)
  • Statistics course (3 credits)
  • Histology course for cytotechnology program (to be taken at Rutgers)*

Please note that all requirements for the cytotechnology specialization are pre-2017 requirements as the program in this form was discontinued by Rutgers University in 2017. It will probably be replaced by a 3+2 combined bachelor’s to master’s program.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Biology:

  • BI121 Biological Unity: Cellular Organization, Energetics & Function (4)
  • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
  • BI213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BI214 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • BI219 Microbiology (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • BI427 Immunology (4)
    • BI428 Fundamentals of Immunology (3)
  • BI437 Biochemistry I (4)

Chemistry:

  • CH113 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH114 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CH223 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CH224 Organic Chemistry II (4)

Mathematics:

  • MA110 Precalculus (3)

Statistics:

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • BI203 Data Collection & Analysis in the Sciences (3)
    • MA103 Making Sense of Data: Statistical Thinking (3)
    • SO201 Social Statistics (3)

Histology:

  • May be taken at Rutgers prior to starting studies in cytotechnology

Recommended Elective for Cytotechnology:

  • BI320 Cell Biology (4)

Recommended Electives (for students planning to seek an advanced science degree):

  • MA115 Calculus I (4)
  • MA116 Calculus II (4)
  • PH121 General Physics I (4)
  • PH122 General Physics II (4)

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Alison Teufel ’15, Nursing
Alison Teufel ’15, Nursing