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Medical Laboratory Science Certificate

Play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. It starts with the Medical Laboratory Science program from PA College.

About

Get ready to perform life-saving tests and analyses in a hospital, clinic, research facility or forensic science lab. As a medical laboratory science student, you’ll hone your testing skills in dynamic real-world environments ranging from blood banks and microbiology to clinical chemistry and hematology. This extensive training and clinical experience means you’ll graduate with a wide range of employment opportunities. Upon completing the program, you’ll be eligible to take the national certification exam and begin your new career as a medical laboratory scientist.

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Accreditation

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. See more accreditation information.

Will I be successful?

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ACADEMIC YEARGRADUATIONCERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONJOB REPLACEMENT RATECONTINUING EDUCATION
Initial EnrollmentGraduatedRateNumber Who Took ExamNumber PassedPass RateAverage ScoreGraduatesJobs within 6 monthsRateGraduatesContinuing Formal EdRate
2013-14121192.00%111091.00%4671111100.00%1100.00%
2012-131010100.00%1010100.00%51010990.00%1000.00%
2011-121010100.00%10880.00%50110990.00%1000.00%
2010-1199100.00%99100.00%49299100.00%900.00%
2009-1066100.00%66100.00%50766100.00%600.00%
2008-097685.71%66100.00%51466100.00%600.00%
2007-086466.67%4250.00%42444

Requirements

Applicants must have completed three years of study at an accredited college prior to entering the clinical year at PA College. Students should have completed sufficient overall credits to be eligible to have their bachelor’s degree awarded at the completion of the MLS certificate program.

The following college-level courses are minimum requirements for admission:

  • 16 semester hours in chemistry with organic or biochemistry included
  • 16 semester hours in biology with microbiology, immunology, and genetics or molecular biology included
  • At least one course in statistics

Curriculum

Academic Certificate

Fall SemesterCredits
MLS 101Laboratory Techniques I2
MLS 111Microbiology I4
MLS 121Hematology I4
MLS 131Clinical Chemistry I4
MLS 141Immunology/Serology2
MLS 151Clinical Laboratory Practicum I3
MLS 161Leadership and Management Skills*-
Total19
Spring SemesterCredits
MLS 102Laboratory Techniques II2
MLS 112Microbiology II4
MLS 122Hematology II4
MLS 132Clinical Chemistry II4
MLS 142Immunohematology2
MLS 152Clinical Laboratory Practicum II3
MLS 161Leadership and Management Skills*-
Total19
Summer Session I & II CombinedCredits
MLS 153Clinical Laboratory Practicum III3
MLS 154Clinical Laboratory Practicum IV3
MLS 161Leadership and Management Skills*4
Total10
Total Combined Credits48