The Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science programs are designed to prepare graduates to enter the medical laboratory field in integral roles providing diagnostic services to physicians and practitioners. PCOM offers pre-professional and post-professional degree options.
Medical laboratory scientists, often referred to as medical technologists, perform a wide array of tests on blood and body fluids, reporting all results to the ordering physicians. Their role in medical diagnostics is critical to physicians to aid in medical diagnoses. The complex testing performed on the blood and body fluids aids in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, anemias, an array of infectious processes, and diseases.
The field of laboratory science is comprised of five major disciplines: clinical hematology and coagulation, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, medical microbiology, urinalysis and body fluids. The five major disciplines have an array of sub-specialties which are taught and trained within the program, as well.DOWNLOAD PROGRAM BROCHURE [PDF]
The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is designed to prepare graduates for an exciting career in medical laboratory science, enabling them to provide accurate, reliable test results that aid in diagnosis. PCOM offers two degree options:
This unique, hybrid program features coursework delivered in an online format, with monthly, intensive laboratory experience during an all-day weekend setting. Students entering the pre-professional program will have a conferred BS degree in a biologic or chemical science with appropriate pre-requisite courses. This route requires all graduates to complete campus-based labs monthly and participate in five clinical rotations (one in each major discipline) for a total of 160 onsite hours of internship in each area. Students will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam upon successful completion of the program.
Students with a conferred BS degree in medical or clinical laboratory science, certified as Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP), may pursue the online MS in Medical Laboratory Science degree program through PCOM. Since students are already certified as MLS(ASCP) prior to acceptance, no clinical internship is required.
Laboratory scientists study many specialized science courses specific to their work needs, and will include clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology/serology, parasitology/mycology/virology, and urinalysis and body fluids. Each of these disciplines prepares a clinical lab scientist for all sample sources they may encounter in their workplace. Each clinical scientist will take the above listed courses in their program, which will enable them to sit for the national certification examination.
Medical laboratory scientists are employed in a myriad of settings including hospital laboratories, reference laboratories, public health laboratories such as the CDC, forensic laboratories, blood donation centers, pharmaceutical and biomedical laboratories, research laboratories and veterinary labs.
Laboratories are temperature-controlled environments, equipped with ventilation systems and workplace safety mechanisms in place to provide a safe working environment. Depending on the department a scientist is assigned to work, sitting, standing, lifting and bending will be required throughout a work shift.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wages for medical laboratory scientists (also known as clinical laboratory technologists) was $54,180 in May of 2020.
The projected growth and employment opportunities are increasing faster than average, with a 7 percent growth projected prior to COVID-19; however, vacancy rates are rising due to the need for additional staff for testing, collection and a large need for research and development.
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