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 facilities in the surrounding area, including Associated Clinical Laboratories, Erie VA Medical Center, Meadville Medical Center, Kane Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Siemens Healthineers, The Regional Cancer Center and UPMC Hamot, in addition to 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, while another attended graduate school to become a pathologists' assistant.

    You Will Learn

    Medical laboratory scientists collect samples and perform a wide range of laboratory testing on body fluids and tissues. Tests range from simple blood tests to more complex analytical procedures that may reveal diseases, such as cancer, blood infections and autoimmune disorders. The medical technologist is 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. They work in areas involving chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Students who graduate from Gannon University’s medical laboratory science program are job-ready with the necessary knowledge and skills to begin their career as a vital member of a healthcare team. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including public health and medicine.

    You Will Experience

    The medical laboratory science program at Gannon offers an accelerated three-and-one curriculum. During the first three years students develop a strong foundation in the sciences, preparing them for a year-long clinical rotation with an accredited hospital-based program.

    Gannon is affiliated with the following hospital-based clinical laboratory programs:

    • Conemaugh School of Medical Technology
    • Saint Vincent Hospital School of Medical Technology
    • UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Laboratory Science Program

    Upon successful completion of the clinical rotation, students receive their bachelor’s degree. Graduates who then pass the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam may use the initials MLS (ASCP) after their names to show proficiency in the field.

    You Will Achieve

    There are many specific career paths stemming from medical technology. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • bioengineering
    • biogenetics
    • blood donation and transfusion services
    • cancer research
    • cell marker technology
    • crime laboratories
    • education
    • fertility clinics
    • hospital and reference laboratories
    • industrial areas such as pharmaceuticals and food technology
    • laboratory information systems
    • laboratory management
    • medical clinics
    • organ and tissue donation and transplant services
    • quality assurance
    • sales and maintenance of instrumentation
    • 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

    Estimates show that the job outlook will continue to increase much faster than average for medical laboratory scientists (14 percent growth) through 2024. The median annual salary for these laboratory professionals in 2015 was:

    • Medical laboratory scientist: $60,520
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).