Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

Curriculum

The curriculum for Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences varies based on the program option you choose.

2-Year Plan a College Education (PACE) Program

A two-year BS program that occurs during a student's junior and senior years of undergraduate study. Students must apply during their senior year of high school.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 55
Credits for Junior Year 34
Credits for Senior Year 31
Total Credits for BS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (PACE option) 120

Junior Year

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
HUMN 315 Methods of Effective Thinking
3
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
CT 301 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 311 Cytopathology I 5
CT 312 Cytopathology I Laboratory 3

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 413 Pathology 2
CT 310 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
LS 310 Molecular Lab Techniques 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
CT 315 Cytopathology II
4
CT 317 Cytopathology III
4

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
MT 331 Immunology 3
CT 412 Cytotechnology Practicum I 3
CT 413 Cytotechnology Practicum II 3
HCA 300 Healthcare Delivery in America 3
Elective 3

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
CT 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
CT 325 Cellular, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3
CT 414 Cytotechnology Practicum III 3
CT 415 Cytotechnology Practicum IV 3
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
Elective 2

3+2 Entry-Level Master's Partnership Program

A two-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program that occurs after a student has taken three years at a partner institution. Students must apply during their senior year of high school.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 82
Undergraduate Phase Credits 40
Graduate Phase Credits Minimum of 30
Total Credits for BS/MS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (3+2 option) 153-156

Year One (Undergraduate Phase)

Fall Semester (21 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
HUMN 315 Methods of Effective Thinking
3
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
CT 301 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 311 Cytopathology I
5
CT 312 Cytopathology I Laboratory 3
MT 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (19 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 540 Current Research in the Biosciences 3
LS 310 Molecular Laboratory Techniques 2
CT 310 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2
CT 315 Cytopathology II
4
CT 317 Cytopathology III
4

Year Two (Graduate Phase)

Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
CT 812 Practicum I 3
CT 813 Practicum II 3
LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction 3-4

Spring Semester (15-16 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2
CT 525 Cellular, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3
CT 814 Practicum III 3
CT 815 Practicum IV 3
CT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

2-Year Option Bachelor's

A two-year Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 55
Credits for Junior Year 34
Credits for Senior Year 31
Total Credits for BS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (2-year option) 120

Junior Year

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
BT 303 Molecular Prep Techniques 3
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
CT 301 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 311 Cytopathology I
5
CT 312 Cytopathology I Laboratory 3

Spring Semester (14 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 413 Pathology 2
CT 310 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
LS 310 Molecular Lab Techniques 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
CT 315 Cytopathology II
4
CT 317 Cytopathology III
4

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
MT 331 Immunology 3
CT 412 Cytotechnology Practicum I 3
CT 413 Cytotechnology Practicum II 3
HCA 300 Healthcare Delivery in America 3
LS 498 Elective 3

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
CT 414 Cytotechnology Practicum I 3
CT 415 Cytotechnology Practicum II 3
CT 416 Comprehensive Exam 0
CT 325 Cell, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
Elective 2

1-Year Option Bachelor's

An accelerated Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 70
Credits for Senior Year 57
Total Credits for BS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (1-year option) 127

Senior Year

Fall Semester (21 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
HUMN 315 Methods of Effective Thinking 3
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
CT 301 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 311 Cytopathology I
5
CT 312 Cytopathology I Laboratory
3
MT 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (21 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 413 Pathology 2
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
LS 310 Molecular Lab Techniques 2
CT 310 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
CT 315 Cytopathology II
4
CT 317 Cytopathology III
4
CT 325 Cellular, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3

Summer Sessions I & II (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
CT 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
CT 412 Cytotechnology Practicum I 3
CT 413 Cytotechnology Practicum II 3
CT 414 Cytotechnology Practicum III 3
CT 415 Cytotechnology Practicum IV 3

Combined Bachelor's/Master's

A two-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program that occurs after a student has taken three years of specific prerequisite coursework.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 82
Undergraduate Phase Credits 40
Graduate Phase Credits Minimum of 30
Total Credits for BS/MS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (combined option) 152 - 154

Year One (Undergraduate Phase)

Fall Semester (21 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
HUMN 315 Methods of Effective Thinking 3
LS 311 Functional Histology 2
CT 301 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 311 Cytopathology I
5
CT 312 Cytopathology I Laboratory
3
MT 331 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 540 Current Research in the Biosciences 3
LS 310 Molecular Laboratory Techniques 2
CT 310 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2
CT 315 Cytopathology II
4
CT 317 Cytopathology III
4

Year Two (Graduate Phase)

Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
CT 812 Practicum I 3
CT 813 Practicum II 3
LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction 3-4

Spring Semester (15-16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LA 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

CT 814 Practicum III 3
CT 815 Practicum IV 3
CT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
CT 525 Cellular, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3

Accelerated Professional Master’s
(Full Time, 1 Year Option)

A 12-month Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (accelerated option) 56

Year One

Fall Semester (20 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 511 Functional Histology 2
CT 501 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 511 Cytopathology I
5
CT 512 Cytopathology I Laboratory
3
MT 531 Immunology 3

Spring Semester (19 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 510 Molecular Lab Techniques 2
CT 510 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
LS 626 Flow Cytometry I 2
CT 515 Cytopathology II
4
CT 517 Cytopathology III
4
CT 525 Cellular, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

Summer Sessions I & II (17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
CT 812 Practicum I 3
CT 813 Practicum II 3
CT 814 Practicum III 3
CT 815 Practicum IV 3
CT 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research 2

Professional Master’s
(Full Time, 2 Year Option)

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences (accelerated option) Minimum of 56

Fall Semester I (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
CT 501 Principles of Cell Analysis 2
CT 511 Cytopathology I
3
CT 512 Cytopathology I Laboratory
5

Spring Semester I (16 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 613 Pathology 2
CT 510 Cytological and Surgical Pathology Techniques
2
CT 515 Cytopathology II
4
CT 517 Cytopathology III
4
LS 510 Molecular Lab Techniques 2
LS 626 Flow Cytometry I 2

Fall Semester II (12 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 511 Functional Histology 2
MT 531 Immunology 3
CT 812 Practicum I 3
CT 813 Practicum II 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1

Spring Semester II (13-14 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
CT 525 Cellular, Molecular and Immuno Diagnostics 3
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Lab Management 3
CT 814 Practicum III 3
CT 815 Practicum IV 3
CT816 Comprehensive Exam 0

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

Advanced Master's: Part-Time

A Master of Science program tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals. 32-33 graduate credits.

Year One

Fall Semester (7 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 812 Practicum I * 2

Spring Semester (7 credits)

Course Title Credits
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2
LS 813 Practicum II * 2

Summer Session I and/or II (5 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 814 Practicum III ** 2
Concentration Elective *** 3

Year Two

Fall Semester (6 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
LS 815 Practicum IV ** 2
LS 504 Biochemistry 3

Spring Semester (5-7 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research 

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

Concentration Elective(s) *** 2-4

* Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits).

** Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction(3-4 credits), or    LS 498 Special Topics in Laboratory Science (3-4 credits).

*** Select a total of 5-7 credits of concentration electives from graduate level courses offered throughout the University. These courses should focus on and reflect contemporary areas of clinical or research laboratory management, administration and advanced practice. Concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • Management and supervision
  • Financial management
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Research skills

Advanced Master's: Full-Time

A Master of Science program tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals. 32-37 graduate credits.

Fall Semester (17-19 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
LS 804 Experimental Research I 1
LS 812 Practicum I * 3
LS 813 Practicum II * 3
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
Concentration Elective *** 3

Spring Semester (15-18 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research

-OR-

LS 805 Experimental Research II

2

 

1

LS 814 Practicum III  3
LS 815 Practicum IV ** 3
Concentration Elective(s) *** 2-4

* Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits).

** Or substitute LS 644 Laboratory Education, Administration and Instruction (3-4 credits), or LS 498 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences (3-4 credits) .

*** Select 5-7 credits of concentration electives from graduate level courses offered throughout the University. These courses should focus on and reflect contemporary areas of clinical or research laboratory management, administration and advanced practice. Concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • Management and supervision
  • Financial management
  • Regulatory and quality management
  • Research skills