Medical Laboratory Science

    • Gannon’s medical laboratory science program graduates have a 100-percent job placement rate.
    • Graduates of the program have a 100-percent pass rate on the national certification test given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
    • Graduates of Gannon’s medical laboratory science program are employed in various laboratory facilities, including UPMC Hamot in Erie, Kane (Pa.) Hospital, and hospitals in California, Georgia and New York.
    • Many graduates choose to pursue advanced studies. One earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology with a speciality in infectious diseases at a prestigious university.

    You Will Learn

    Gannon University’s medical laboratory science program can help students gain the necessary knowledge and skills for an exciting career with preparation for joining a team of dedicated health professionals.

    The medical laboratory science program offers a three-and-one curriculum structure, which allows for an accelerated pathway for becoming a medical laboratory scientist. It provides three years of a solid foundation in the sciences and other courses that are prerequisites to the senior year of hands-on experience at our affiliated hospital-based medical technology partners.

    Upon completion of the clinical rotation, students receive their bachelor’s degree. Graduates then take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) test. Upon passing the test, they can use the initials MLS (ASCP) after their names to show proficiency in the field. Certification enhances career advancement. The degree helps students translate knowledge of the sciences into caring for the health and well-being of people.

    You Will Experience

    Students are encouraged to apply at Gannon’s affiliated medical technology partners for their senior year clinical rotation. However, they may also apply at non-affiliated accredited programs. The clinical rotation provides more hands-on learning experiences to further develop students’ knowledge and competencies. Gannon is affiliated with the following hospital-based medical technology programs:

    • Saint Vincent Hospital
    • Saint Vincent School of Medical Technology
    • WCA Hospital

    You Will Achieve

    Entry-level and experienced medical laboratory scientists perform a wide range of laboratory tests from simple blood tests to more complex tests that may reveal diseases, such as cancer, blood infections and autoimmune disorders. The medical technologist is also responsible for confirming the accuracy of test results and reporting laboratory findings to the pathologist and other doctors.

    Medical laboratory scientists often operate complex electronic equipment, computers and precision instruments. Medical technologists work in areas involving chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Students can also pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including public health and medicine. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • bioengineering
    • biogenetics
    • businesses and industry in positions such as marketing, sales, quality assurance, environmental health and insurance
    • cancer research
    • cell marker technology
    • hospitals
    • independent laboratories
    • public health facilities
    • therapeutic drug monitoring

    You will Study

    Throughout their education, students take a series of chemistry courses, biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology, immunology and genetics. Students in their senior year can then enroll in upper-level courses in medical laboratory science, including: 

    MDTC 420: Clinical Chemistry (includes instrumentation and RIA)

    This course stresses the chemistry of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, endocrinology, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, etc.; and the physiology, metabolisms and methodologies used in the study of these substances in relation to biologic processes as found in health and pathologic states. Clinical correlation is made with the various situations in which the substances are altered.

    MDTC 430: Immunohematology and Blood Banking

    Immunohematology emphasizes the application of principles of red cell antigens, which are detectable only by the reactivity of red cells with antibodies corresponding to the antigens. Topics include ABO groupings, Rh factor and numerous other blood group systems. Students study these in correlation with the compatibility of transfused blood and the various procedures needed to test for this compatibility.

    MDTC 460: Immunology and Serology

    This course encompasses the serologic reactions employed in the diagnosis of bacterial, parasitic, rickettsial and viral diseases. The principles of antigen-antibody reactions are developed and the various procedures including agglutination, flocculation, precipitation and complement fixation are stressed in this course.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $48,900
    • Mid-career salary: $60,500
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).