• 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
    2011-12 10 10 100.00%         10 10 100.00% 10 0  
    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.

    Essential functions for the medical laboratory scientist can be found here.

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    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.

    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.

    Program Accreditation
    This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
    NAACLS
    5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018-5119
    (773) 714-8880
    www.naacls.org.
     
    2014-15 Tuition & Fees - Associate Degree Program

     

    Undergraduate tuition per credit $481 per credit hour
    Undergraduate program tuition (flat program cost)  Not Applicable
    Technology Fee $300 per semester
    Estimated Yearly Books & Supplies $1,200
     LOANS
    Median Loan Debt - Title IV $5,500
    Median Loan Debt - Private Loan $12,500

    Note: All fees are non-refundable