2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Laboratory Science BS

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College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BS, Clinical Laboratory Science
For information contact Anthony Serino, PhD

Clinical laboratory science (CLS) (formerly Medical Technology) 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 year 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. Admission to a hospital school program is not guaranteed, but Misericordia University maintains a very high success rate. Following the hospital program, the student is eligible to sit for the certification examinations offered by the Board of Registry of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (or Medical Technologists) and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Misericordia University 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 succeed in the clinical laboratory. The program meets or exceeds all requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

Program Goals and Outcomes

The following are program goals for the Clinical Laboratory Science major:

  1. To provide a quality education in the biological sciences
  2. To stimulate a student’s innate curiosity for lifelong learning
  3. To develop an understanding of the scientific process and its application
  4. To provide the tools and promote knowledge for future opportunities and endeavors, and to develop involved members of the community

The Clinical Laboratory Science major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

Outcome Group 1:

  1. Be able to identify and explain fundamental biological concepts and principles on the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels
  2. Describe the unifying concepts underlying the diversity of life

Outcome Group 2:

  1. Apply knowledge of biological concepts to formulate questions and hypotheses for research
  2. Demonstrate ability to find, read, understand, and critically evaluate scientific papers

Outcome Group 3:

  1. Use the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and execute experiments
  2. Collect and analyze data
  3. Communicate findings both orally and in written forms
  4. Develop experimental skills and techniques used in laboratory and field research

Outcome Group 4:

  1. Recognize their (the students’) ability to make positive contributions to the general and/or scientific communities
  2. Promote awareness of job and/or graduate opportunities
  3. Promote awareness of internship and summer research opportunities during their tenure at Misericordia University
  4. Evaluate and understand human impact on the environment

Sequence of Required Courses

(Note: Core courses can be taken in any order.)

First Year

Total Credits 14

Sophomore Year

Total Credits 17

Second Semester

Total Credits 17

* apply to hospital at end of sophomore year

Junior Year

First Semester

Total Credits 16

Second Semester

  • BIO 252 Histology 4 credits
  • BIO Elective 3-4 credits
  • ENG/HIS/RLS Core  3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 16-17

Senior Year

Total Required for Graduation 127 Credits

Clinical Laboratory Science Affiliates

Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Program Director: Marie Wood, MT (ASCP)
Medical Director: James Eastman, MD

Susquehanna Health System Williamsport Hospital Campus, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Program Director: Christine Wheary, MT (ASCAP), MHA
Medical Director: Donald Leathers, MD

Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania
Program Director: Brian Spezialetti, MS, MT (ASCP)
Medical Director: Joseph King, MD

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