Clinical Laboratory Science / Medical Technology

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BS, Clinical Laboratory Science
Program Director - Anthony Serino, PhD

Through its affiliation with hospital schools of Medical Technology, the Medical Technology program enables students to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in four years. Medical Technology majors should apply for acceptance to an affiliated hospital program at the end of their fourth semester. Admission to a hospital school of Medical Technology for the fourth year of study is not guaranteed. Following the hospital program, the student is eligible to sit for the certification examinations offered by the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists and the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.


Fast Facts and Outcomes

Clinical laboratory science (CLS) major offers, through its affiliation with hospital schools, the opportunity to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in four years, with a clinical rotation at an accredited hospital school. CLS majors complete three years in a biology-based curriculum on campus, and then apply for acceptance to an affiliated hospital program at the end of their fourth semester for entry into the clinical year in their seventh semester. Admission to a hospital school program is not guaranteed, but Misericordia University maintains a very high acceptance rate. Following the hospital program, the student is eligible to sit for their national certification examinations offered by the Board of Registry of Clinical Laboratory Scientists and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

What makes Misericordia’s CLS program stand out from all the rest:

Our mission is to provide students with quality educational experiences that produce a clinical laboratory professional with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills and liberal arts education necessary to success in the clinical laboratory. Our program meets or exceeds all requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Clinical Laboratory Science degree earned:

  • Bachelor in Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science Affiliates are with affiliated hospital programs at:

  • Guthrie Health System: Robert Packer Hospital Campus, Sayre, Pennsylvania
  • PA College of Health Sciences: Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • UPMC Susquehanna: Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

CLS students will obtain the following program Goals and Outcomes:

  • Provide a quality education in the biological sciences
  • Stimulate a student’s innate curiosity for lifelong learning
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific process and its application
  • Provide the tools and promote knowledge for future opportunities and endeavors, and to develop involved members of the community
  • Identify and explain fundamental biological concepts and principles
  • Apply knowledge of biological concepts to formulate questions and hypotheses
  • Demonstrate ability to find, read, understand, and critically evaluate research
  • Use the scientific method to develop design and execute experiments
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Communicate findings both orally and in written forms
  • Develop experimental skills & techniques used in laboratory and field research
  • Recognize their own ability to make positive contributions to the communities
  • Promote awareness of job and/or graduate opportunities

CLS students have gone on to achieve employment at:

  • Wellspan Health
  • Specialized in Pathology Field
  • Geisinger Health System • Director of Microbiology Lab at Williamsport Hospital
  • Have gone on to Physician Assistant Graduate School at Misericordia University

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year

First
Semester
Total Credits17Second SemesterTotal Credits14
CHM 133Chem. Principles I4CHM 134Chem. Principles II4

Core

3Core3
BIO 111Evolution, Genetics & Ecology4BIO 112

Cell & Molecular Biology

4
MTHMath Bank I3Core3

Core

3

Sophomore Year*

First
Semester
Total Credits17Second SemesterTotal Credits17
BIO 211Anatomy & Physiology I4BIO 212

Anatomy & Physiology II

4
CHM 243Organic Chemistry I4CHM 244Organic Chemistry II4

Core3
Core3

Core3Core3
Core3Core3

Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits17Second SemesterTotal Credits16-17
CHM 353Biochemistry I4BIO 252Histology4

Core3BIOElective3-4
BIO 243Microbiology4Core3
MTH 115Statistics3
Free Elective3
Free elective3

Free Elective

3

Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits15Second SemesterTotal Credits15
CLS 400Clinical Microbiology8CLS 402Clinical Hematology/Coagulation5
CLS 401Clinical Chemistry7CLS 405Clinical Seminar2
CLS 403Clinical Immunohematology4
CLS 404Clinical Immunology/Serology4

Total required for graduation 128 credits


* Apply to hospital at end of sophomore year

Course Descriptions

CLS 400 Clinical Microbiology, 8 credits

Identification and clinical pathology of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Techniques to isolate, stain, and culture, and to determine antimicrobial susceptibility. Instrumentation; quality control.
Fall only

CLS 401 Clinical Chemistry, 7 credits

Enzymology, endocrinology, biochemistry of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins, metabolism of nitrogenous end products, physiology and metabolism of fluids and electrolytes, and toxicology as related to the body and diseases. The technical procedures include colorimetry, spectrophometry electrophoresis, chromatography, automation, and quality control.
Fall only

CLS 402 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation, 5 credits

The composition and function of blood; diseases related to blood disorders; the role of platelets and coagulation. Manual and automated techniques of diagnostic tests for abnormalities.
Spring only

CLS 403 Clinical Immunohematology, 4 credits

Blood antigens, antibodies, crossmatching, hemolytic diseases, and related diagnostic tests. An in-depth study of blood donor service and its many facets such as transfusions, medico-legal aspects, etc.
Spring only

CLS 404 Clinical Immunology/Serology, 4 credits

Immune response, immunoglobulins, autoimmunity, and complement and related tests and diseases. Survey and demonstration of serological diagnostic tests.
Spring only

CLS 405 Clinical Seminar, 2 credits

Other courses which are not included in the above (such as orientation, laboratory management, education, clinical microscopy) and are unique to the individual hospital program.
Spring only

CLS 480 Independent Study, 1-3 credits

Special investigation of a selected topic.

Medical Laboratory Science Affiliates

Guthrie Health System
Medical Laboratory Science
Robert Packer Hospital Campus, Sayre, PA
Program Director: Brian Spezialetti, MS, MT (ASCP)*


Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Medical Laboratory Science
Lancaster General Hospital Campus, Lancaster, PA
Program Director: Carol Bond, MA, MT (ASCP) *


UPMC Susquehanna
Clinical Laboratory Science
Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Williamsport, PA
Program Director: Christine Wheary, MS, MT (ASCP)*


*Misericordia University Adjunct Faculty Courtesy Appointments

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