Medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instruments and biochemical, microscopic, molecular, and immunological techniques to analyze fluid medical specimens. They provide essential information to physicians about the presence, extent, or absence of disease, as well as the effectiveness of treatment. As such, they play a vital role in the delivery of health care. At Monmouth University students may major in Medical Laboratory Science or in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a concentration in Medical Laboratory Science. Students in both programs take the same national certification exam and are eligible for the same employment opportunities.
Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science complete 96 credits of collegiate work at Monmouth University, prescribed by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), followed by a twelve-month internship in an affiliated NAACLS-approved hospital. Monmouth University has affiliation agreements with Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune NJ) and Monmouth Medical Center (Long Branch NJ) for these internships.
Students majoring in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a concentration in Medical Laboratory Science complete 90 credits of NAACLS-prescribed work at Monmouth University followed by a fifteen-month internship at the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP).
During the clinical internship phase, students rotate through hospital departments, gaining practical experience in the current state-of-the-art tests and procedures of chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology.
Following graduation and certification Monmouth-educated medical laboratory scientists are readily employed and receive high starting salaries. Their many choices of work settings include:
Graduates may also enter MS or PhD programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, pursue advanced degrees in fields such as biotechnology or public health, or enroll in medical or other health