• Medical Laboratory Scientist Program

    Why choose our Medical Laboratory Science program?
    NAACLS logoMedical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests on blood, body fluids and tissues.  They play a pivotal role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. This program is designed to prepare graduates to function in a laboratory environment, accurately use laboratory instruments, work as a group and effectively communicate with others.  If you have an interest in helping others while being a part of a health care team, and you find enjoyment in small details, then the Medical Laboratory Science program is for you.

      Will I be successful?  

    Academic Year Graduation Certification Examination Job Replacement Rate Continuing Education
    Initial Enrollment Graduated Rate Number Who Took Exam Number Passed Pass Rate Average Score Graduates Jobs within 6 months Rate Graduates Continuing Formal Ed Rate
    2013-14 12 11 92.00% 11 10 91.00% 467 11 11 100.00% 11 0 0.00%
    2012-13 10 10 100.00% 10 10 100.00% 510 10 9 90.00% 10 0 0.00%
    2011-12 10 10 100.00% 10 8 80.00% 501 10 9 90.00% 10 0 0.00%
    2010-11 9 9 100.00% 9 9 100.00% 492 9 9 100.00% 9 0 0.00%
    2009-10 6 6 100.00% 6 6 100.00% 507 6 6 100.00% 6 0 0.00%
    2008-09 7 6 85.71% 6 6 100.00% 514 6 6 100.00% 6 0 0.00%
    2007-08 6 4 66.67% 4 2 50.00% 424 4     4    

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    What will I learn?
    Through classroom and clinical training, you will experience multiple areas of the lab – blood bank, microbiology, clinical chemistry and hematology.  Because of the extensive training and clinical experience, you will graduate with a wide range of employment opportunities, such as working in a hospital, clinic, research lab or forensic science lab.  Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the national certifying exam and begin your new career as a medical laboratory scientist.

    Core Performance Standards for the medical laboratory scientist can be found here.


    What is the job outlook?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 52,100 job openings are expected by 2020.  For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.  For additional job information, search the following SOC Codes (29-2011, 29-2012) here.

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    What are the admission requirements?
    Applicants must have satisfactorily completed three years of study in an accredited college prior to entering the clinical year at PA College. Candidates who have already received a baccalaureate degree may also be eligible for entry into the program. The following college-level courses must be included as minimum requirements for admission: 16 semester hours in Chemistry with Organic and/or Biochemistry included; 16 semester hours in Biology with Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics and/or Molecular Biology included; and at least one course in Statistics. Current academic affiliates of PA College include:

    • Bloomsburg University
    • Clarion University
    • East Stroudsburg University
    • Immaculata University
    • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • King’s College
    • Lebanon Valley College
    • Millersville University
    • Misericordia University
    • Shippensburg University
    • University of the Sciences
    • West Chester University
    • Wilkes University
    • York College

    Candidates from other institutions may be qualified for the program. Please contact the Office of Admission to review eligibility.

    Clinical Sites Across The Region  

    • Central Pennsylvania Alliance Laboratory
    • Chester County Hospital
    • Easton Hospital
    • Health Network Labs
    • Lancaster General Health
    • Memorial Hospital
    • Pinnacle Health/Harrisburg Hospital

    What are the physical requirements?
    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.

    What is the cost of the program?
    Click here for current tuition rates.

    Program Accreditation
    This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
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