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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.
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 detect diseases and provide data to help physicians determine the best treatment for patients. 98% of inpatient hospital visits require at least one laboratory test.
Medical Laboratory Scientists are in high demand. The
Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that demand for these jobs will grow by 13% from 2016-2026, which is nearly twice the average job growth rate. Pennsylvania is
listed as having the 5th-highest employment for this occupation in the country.
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In our four-year program, students spend their first three years at Saint Francis University pursuing an intensive study of biology and chemistry to gain a foundation in science. Students then apply to one of our affiliated Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) schools (see below), and upon acceptance, spend their fourth year gaining 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.
Saint Francis University MLS students can complete their fourth year one of our affiliated hospital training programs, which are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). These are:
Biology faculty advisors work closely with students throughout their three years at Saint Francis, 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.
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Course requirements for Medical Laboratory Science, B.S. (MEDT):
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.
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.
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