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2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Science – Major (Medical Technology)


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The medical laboratory science (medical technology or clinical laboratory science) program focuses on the learning of integrated scientific concepts and their useful application to the diagnosis of disease.

The program provides a solid background in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and communication in the first three years. This is followed by a fourth year of practical hands-on learning of specific diagnostic skills in a clinical laboratory setting.

Our goal is to develop scientific competence in students and the capability of performing specific tests and experiments leading to the diagnosis of human disease. This is achieved by providing a program taught by faculty who excel in their respective academic disciplines, including those who are actually working in the fields of healthcare and industry.

Medical laboratory science professionals, also known as clinical or medical laboratory scientists, perform laboratory procedures essential to diagnosing a disease. In addition to being respected members of a healthcare team, medical laboratory scientists make vital contributions in many other areas of the laboratory sciences. These fields include epidemiology; veterinary medicine; sales; marketing; laboratory supervision and management; education; instrumentation; public health; food technology; toxicology; medical, industrial, and pharmaceutical research; molecular and genetic testing; and forensic determinations. A huge demand for medical technologists currently exists, and positions are as varied as the individual’s own preferences and interests.

Students are enrolled full-time at the University for three academic years and must complete a minimum of 100 credit hours of approved courses. Additionally, passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Students apply for their hospital internship program following completion of the second year. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required to make an application.

Upon the successful completion of the three-year curriculum, students spend a 12-month internship at an approved hospital school of medical technology or medical laboratory science. The University assists students in obtaining acceptance into an approved hospital school and holds formal affiliations with the schools of medical technology or medical laboratory science at the following hospitals: Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (Tenet Health System), Philadelphia, PA; St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL; WCA Hospital, Jamestown, NY; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ; and Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. An optional five-year BS/MS degree program, affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, is also available. Several of these hospitals provide free tuition for the fourth year, provided the students works for their healthcare system after graduation.

These schools are approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The affiliates are hospitals that have kept pace with technological developments, possess the newest instrumentation, and have established excellent medical and surgical services.

During the senior year, students may pay a reduced rate of tuition. Some hospitals offer free tuition in exchange for signing a work agreement with their hospital system. Opportunities for working in the clinical laboratories are also available, thus providing experience and salary compensation. The medical laboratory science senior rotates through each of the specialized departments in the clinical laboratory:

  1. The clinical hematology/coagulation lab teaches the student to identify the cellular blood components (red cells, white cells, and platelets) and the disorders associated with these cells and the blood-forming tissues.
  2. In clinical immunohematology, students learn blood typing and crossmatching and preparation of components.
  3. Microbiology involves the study of the causative agents of disease (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites).
  4. Clinical immunology/serology utilizes the principles of immune reactions to diagnose many viral and bacterial diseases and is on the leading edge of clinical lab science.
  5. In clinical chemistry, qualitative and quantitative analyses are used to identify and measure minute amounts of chemicals in the body necessary for its proper functioning.
  6. Other areas of study are endocrinology, urinalysis, cytogenetics, pathology, instrumentation, quality control, molecular diagnostics, cell biology, flow cytometry, and laboratory computer systems.

When the clinical rotation has been satisfactorily completed, the student qualifies for the degree of bachelor of science in medical laboratory science.

Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be able to:

  • Understand the biological, physiological, and pathological basis of disease.
  • Have knowledge of and be able to relate normal biological processes to disease situations, as well as have a basic knowledge in broad biological areas.
  • Demonstrate competency in the laboratory portion of biology and chemistry laboratories prior to internship year.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of skills, expectations, current trends, and professional aspects of the field of medical laboratory science prior to internship.
  • Possess and demonstrate entry-level skills, competencies, and proficiencies in medical laboratory science, as determined by NAACLS requirements, as well as theoretical background in aspects of disease diagnosis.
  • Understand the “case study” concept and process, and be able to successfully solve case studies and communicate these results.
  • Understand and perform quantitative aspects of medical laboratory science such as graphs, charts, laboratory value units, statistical analysis, etc.
  • Be aware of social, political, and community impact of laboratory medicine and some aspects of healthcare in general.
  • Learn to work well in group settings and interact with other healthcare professionals.
  • Acquire an awareness and sensitivity of patient-related issues and the importance of patient confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate ability to read and analyze scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate ability to read and follow clinical procedure manuals, patient reports, and charts.
  • Recognize limitations of scientific plans and approaches.
  • Understand how each laboratory test bears on patient diagnosis.
  • Become lifelong learners and maintain certification status through continuing medical education.

National certification examinations, given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, enable those who pass to use the professional designation MLS after their names. Medical laboratory science is a rapidly growing and changing field and provides a varied and interesting profession for someone interested in the sciences and in medicine.

Medical Laboratory Sciencre Major Requirements


  • Science Elective Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • Medical Technology Elective Credits: 3–4

Internship


(See Footnote 3 Below)

Medical Laboratory Science Electives


Footnotes:


  1. BS 348 - Clinical Microbiology is recommended, or choose any BS, CH or PY course not already required. Credits: 3–4
  2. BS 311 - Anatomy and Physiology II fulfills both the Medical Laboratory Science Major Requirements and the Medical Laboratory Science Elective.
  3. Credits vary according to affiliation site.

Sample Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose One)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Science Elective Credits: 3–4

 

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose One)

Credits/Semester: 17-18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • MT Elective (possible to satisfy Supporting Requirements depending on course selection) Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18–19


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16–19


Credits/Year: 32–43


Total USciences Credits (Three Years): 99–104


Total Credits: 131–147


Notes:


  1. Student must have a GPA of 2.50 by the end of the summer semester of the second year, in order to make application for internship.
  2. Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Sample Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 19


Credits/Year: 32–43


Total USciences Credits (Three Years): 100


Total Credits: 132–143


Notes:


Students must have a GPA of 2.50 by the end of the summer semester of the second year, in order to make application for internship.

Faculty


Margaret Reinhart, MT (ASCP)
BS (Millersville); MMA (Pennsylvania State); MS (Villanova)
Lecturer of Biological Sciences
Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
Phone: 215.596.8797
E-mail: m.reinha@usciences.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ
Perla Simmons BS, MPA, MT (ASCP)
MPA (Rutgers University)
Program Director
Brian S. Erler, MD, PhD
MD (SUNY Brooklyn)
Medical Advisor

Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ
John A. Mihok, MSEd, MT (ASCP)
BS (University of Maryland); MS (Monmouth University)
Program Director
Louis J. Zinterhofer, MD
MD (Tulane)
Medical Director

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 
Jean Buchenhorst, MT (ASCP)
MS (MCP/Hahnemann) 
Program Director
Michael Husson, MD
MD (Boston University)
Medical Director

Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA
Brian Spezialetti, MA, MSEd
BA (Mansfield University); MS (Elmira College)
Program Director
Joseph T. King, MD
MD (State University of Buffalo, New York)
Medical Advisor

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Leah Beck, MT (ASCP)

BS-MT (University of Delaware); MS (Thomas Jefferson)
Program Director
Judy Pascasio, MD
MD (University of the Philippines)
Medical Director

St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL
Lynnette Chakkaphak, MT (ASCP)

BS (University of Massachusetts);
MS (University of South Florida)
Program Director
Ricardo Ramos, MD
BS, MD (University of Florida)
Medical Director, Chief Pathologist

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Janet Devine, MT (ASCP)
EdD (Temple)
Program Director
Albert A. Keshgegian, MD, PhD
BA, MD, PhD (Univ of Penn)
Medical Director

WCA Hospital, Jamestown, NY
Michele G. Harms, MT (ASCP)
MS (SUNY, Fredonia, NY)
Program Director
William A. Geary, MD, PhD
PhD (Washington University);
MD (University of Virginia)
Medical Director

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