In partnership with Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Immaculata's Health Care Sciences and Services Department offers a bachelor's degree in allied health with a specialization in Medical Laboratory Science. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests on blood, body fluids and tissues. The results of these tests are used in diagnosis and treatment of disease, maintaining health, drug monitoring, organ transplantation and forensic medicine.
To complete the program, students take allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then apply for the 12-month Medical Laboratory Science Program at Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Upon successful completion of the program and a national certifying exam, graduates are prepared to enter the health field as entry-level medical laboratory scientists. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Opportunities for medical laboratory scientists are expected to be excellent, because the number of job openings should exceed the number of those looking for jobs through 2012. Medical laboratory scientist positions are available in:
Freestanding medical laboratories
County and state health departments
Outpatient facilities and industry
Medical laboratory scientist positions can expect to earn an average salary of $50,000 per year. With additional professional experience and potential management assignments, they can earn as much as $60,000 per year.
For more information about this specialty, please e-mail Sister M. Carroll Isselmann or call 610-647-4400, ext. 3119.