Why choose our Medical Laboratory Science program?Medical 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.
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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. VIEW SAMPLE CURRICULUMWhat 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.Gainful Employment Disclosure 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:
Candidates from other institutions may be qualified for the program. Please contact the Office of Admission to review eligibility.
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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.
Program AccreditationThis program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).NAACLS5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018-5119(773) 714-8880www.naacls.org. 2016-17 Tuition & Fees - Associate Degree Program
Note: All fees are non-refundable *This charge will be applied to your bill only when you are enrolled in the fall and spring semester program-specific courses.