Medical Laboratory Studies & Biotechnology
What is a Bioscience Technologist?
Bioscience Technologists are healthcare professionals who perform laboratory tests to detect, diagnose, and ultimately prevent and treat disease.
Through the partnership between Saint Joseph's University and Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Health Professions, students who are interested in careers in laboratory sciences may choose among several possible academic programs that will lead to either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Some career tracks include:
- Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Specialty tracks in Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology (Blood Banking),
- Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Biology
For detailed descriptions of each of these programs along with a list of prerequisite courses, visit the Thomas Jefferson website for the Bioscience Technologies program.
Note that the length of time spent at Jefferson for these programs varies according to the degree sought. In a 3+1 program, students would earn a Bachelor’s degree from SJU and a Bachelor’s degree from Jefferson in four years. In a 3+2 program, students would earn a Bachelor’s degree from SJU and a Master’s degree from Jefferson in five years. It is also possible to complete a 4-year degree at SJU and then earn a Master’s degree in one of the Laboratory Science areas in one additional calendar year.
High school students, who are considering Bioscience Technologies, must apply to both schools using separate applications for admission. Students can apply using the Saint Joseph's University Application or the Common application and the PACE application to Thomas Jefferson University. Students with this interest are urged to pursue a Biology or Interdisciplinary Health Studies major while at SJU. Current SJU students who wish to pursue this option can apply for a seat in the program at the end of their freshman year. The Health Professions Advising Office is available to help students achieve their goals.