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Medical Laboratory Science

Become a Medical Detective


  • Why Study Medical Laboratory Science?

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    Dr. Justin Merry
    Biology Chair
    jmerry@francis.edu

    p. 814.472.3089
    Science Center 107

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    Are you interested in health care?  Do you enjoy hands-on scientific work?  Do you want a career that will allow you to help people while you spend your time working in a high-tech laboratory?

    Medical Laboratory Scientists, also known as Medical Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Scientists, serve as "Medical Detectives."  They are health care professionals who specialize in performing diagnostic tests on human tissue samples to precisely investigate the causes of patients' diseases. 

    In our four-year program, students spend their first three years at Saint Francis University.  There, they pursue intensive study of biology and chemistry to gain a foundation in science.  Then, following their third year, students apply to one of our affiliated Medical Laboratory Science schools (see below).  Upon acceptance, qualified students spend their fourth year completing an MLS program, where they gain clinical expertise in subjects that include Clinical Chemistry, Immunohematology and Blood Banking, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Immunoserology, and Urinalysis.  Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed hospital courses, the student receives a Bachelor's of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, conferred by Saint Francis University.

  • Affiliated MLS Schools

    Saint Francis University MLS students can complete their fourth year at one of three CAHEAA-Accredited Schools of Medical Laboratory Science.  These are:

    Biology faculty advisors work closely with students throughout their three years at SFU, including during the application process to the MLS programs.  We maintain close ties with the MLS program administrators, and regularly invite them to campus to meet with undergraduates pursuing the MLS degree.

    The official affiliation agreements with these programs can be viewed at this location.

    Degree Requirements

    Course requirements are available:

    Career Options

    Medical Laboratory Scientists most commonly work in hospital laboratories, or dedicated out-patient laboratory facilities.  They are also commonly employed in forensics labs, where they use tissue analysis to solve crimes.

    Medical Laboratory Scientist vs. Medical Technician?

    Our program trains students to be Medical Laboratory Scientists, which are also known as Medical Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Scientists.  This program requires a 4-year Bachelor's Degree.

    A Medical Technician, on the other hand, requires a 2-year Associate's Degree. 

    While some tasks overlap, Medical Laboratory Scientists typically have higher pay grades, a wider breadth of skills, greater opportunity for advancement, and many additional responsibilities.