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


A medical laboratory scientist lays the foundation for the healthcare and science-based industries by diagnosing abnormal cells before they transform to cancer, monitoring a patient’s health or disease status, isolating a molecule that will become a medicine or mapping a genetic pattern that can solve a crime.

Medical laboratory scientists have the luxury of work bridging both health care and basic science. In this field, you can find the personal satisfaction of diagnostic discovery in clinical laboratory medicine as well as the intellectual challenge of solving a vexing problem in basic science.

Why Thomas Jefferson University?

We offer one of the most robust multispecialty curricula in the country and are the only institution in the region to offer academic healthcare programs in biotechnology, cytotech­nology and cell sciences, and medical laboratory science. Students participate in core curriculum courses spanning these disciplines, and learn and practice specialized hands-on, laboratory-based training at every stage of their programs.

Thomas Jefferson University stays ahead of the latest advances, training students in emerging disciplines like:

  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Immunodiagnostics
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Healthcare bio-informatics
  • Bioprocessing

We introduce students to the latest laboratory management systems, regulatory requirements, and supervisory strategies, which provides our graduates with the scientific, creative, and problem-solving skills they need to be competitive in a field that changes with every technological leap.


Thomas Jefferson University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Medical Laboratory Science program is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The Cytotechnology and Cell Sciences program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the American Society of Cytopathology. Graduate Certificate programs are conducted under the auspices of the Biotechnology and Medical Laboratory Science programs.