Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science Academic 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.

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook, or read our gainful employment disclosure.

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
2020-21111091%9*2*22%*3601010100%1000.00%
2019-201111100%11982%457111091%1100.00%
2018-1999100%88100%5409778%900.00%
2017-181313100%131292%531131292%1300.00%
2016-171313100%13969%454131292%1300.00%
2015-161111100%111091%44011982%1100.00%
2014-151111100%111091%41611654%1100.00%

* Data is pending, year is not complete.

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 three semester hours of one higher-level college mathematics course with Statistics preferred. Other courses will be reviewed for appropriateness.

Candidates who have already received a baccalaureate degree may also be eligible for entry into the program. The courses listed above are minimum requirements for admission. Coursework must have occurred within the last eight (8) years to be considered for admission. If more than eight (8) years have passed the candidate must complete Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology or Genetics with a grade of “C+” (77%) or higher to assure academic preparedness.

PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Curriculum

Academic Certificate

Fall SemesterCredits
MLS 401Fundamental Operations of the Clinical Laboratory2
MLS 411Clinical Microbiology I4
MLS 421Clinical Laboratory Hematology I4
MLS 431Medical Laboratory Chemistry I4
MLS 441Medical Laboratory Immunology/Serology2
MLS 451Clinical Laboratory Practicum I3
MLS 471Medical Laboratory Leadership Skills*-
Total19
Spring SemesterCredits
MLS 402Clinical Parasitology and Mycology2
MLS 412Clinical Microbiology II4
MLS 422Clinical Laboratory Hematology II4
MLS 432Medical Laboratory Chemistry II3
MLS 442Medical Laboratory Immunohematology3
MLS 452Clinical Laboratory Practicum II3
MLS 471Medical Laboratory Leadership Skills*-
Total19
Summer Session I & II CombinedCredits
MLS 453Clinical Laboratory Practicum III3
MLS 454Clinical Laboratory Practicum IV3
MLS 471Medical Laboratory Leadership Skills*2
Total8
Total Combined Credits46

*Students participate in required seminar courses during the fall and spring semesters. Credit is applied upon completion of assignments in the summer semester.

Carol S. Bond MA, MT(ASCP) – Faculty/Clinical Coordinator

Sherry Soost MSHS, MT(ASCP), CHO(NRCC) – Program Director

Marie Wood, EdD, MT(ASCP) – Adjunct Faculty

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Sherry Soost, MSHS, MT(ASCP)

Sherry Soost, MSHS, MT(ASCP)

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