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Medical Laboratory Science Program

Training Future Medical Laboratory Scientists

As part of Penn State Health's mission to "the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others," the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program.

The 11-month training program results in a certificate in medical laboratory science from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center while fulfilling requirements for a bachelor’s-level degree in a Medical Laboratory Science-related major from the affiliating college or university.

The program typically fulfills the student's senior year of college (3+1 option), but applicants with a BS degree (4+1) who meet the entrance requirements will be considered.

The mission of the program is to prepare individuals for the practice of medical laboratory science and provide qualified laboratory professionals for Penn State Health's needs, as well as regional, national and global needs. The curriculum encompasses didactic and clinical experiences; the development of professional and leadership skills; and a commitment to life-long learning. The program promotes the values of respect for others, integrity, teamwork, and excellence in providing the high-quality care patients need and deserve.

The program culminates with the student attaining career-entry competence as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

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The Medical Laboratory Science Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is accepting applications.

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