Medical Laboratory Science Degree Offered at PCOM GeorgiaNovember 3, 2021
Note: Photos were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and campus mask mandates.
A new master’s degree program based at PCOM Georgia has begun accepting students.
The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is designed for students who aspire to work as medical technologists, and for those
who are working in the field and want to add to their credentials. Students with full-time
jobs may earn the degree while still working. The program, which has two tracks, will
begin in the fall of 2022.
What is a medical laboratory scientist?
Medical laboratory scientists perform a range of diagnostic tests—reporting results
to the healthcare providers who order them. Their role on the healthcare team is essential,
as the tests they perform aid in the majority of diagnoses and help in treatment decisions
about many conditions and diseases.
According to Karen Giddens, MLS, program director, medical laboratory scientists,
unlike phlebotomists who collect samples, also perform analysis on the samples they
She said, “COVID-19 has put our profession in the spotlight due to the vast amount
of testing and development required over the past two years.” She noted that the profession
has experienced a shortage in the workforce.
The master’s degree coursework covers five major disciplines including clinical hematology
and coagulation, clinical chemistry, immunohematology (the study of RBC antigens and
antibodies associated with blood transfusions), medical microbiology, and urinalysis
and body fluids.
The two-year, hybrid pre-professional program is designed for students who have a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry
with appropriate prerequisite courses. As part of the program, students complete monthly
campus-based labs on weekends and participate in five clinical rotations. Upon completion
of the coursework, students are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical
Pathology certification exam.
The three semester, online post-professional program is for students who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in medical or clinical laboratory
science and are certified as medical technologists or medical laboratory scientists.
If necessary, the program can be taken over the course of two years. Clinical internships
are not required.
About the program director
Giddens resides in Moultrie, Georgia and holds a master’s degree in education technology
with a concentration and graduate certification in online education from Boise State
University, Boise, Idaho. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology
and medical technology from Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama. She also attended
the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, where she earned graduate credit
in forensic science, along with a graduate certificate in forensic serology and DNA.
Giddens has worked in numerous positions in the field, some of which include serving
as the laboratory director of the Southern Interventional Pain Center, a large, three-clinic
operation with centers in Georgia and Florida. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct
professor at North Florida Community College, Madison, Florida, as a medical technologist
at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, Moultrie, Georgia, as a medical laboratory science
program director and assistant professor at Thomas University, Thomasville, Georgia,
and as a division chair of math and science at Thomas University.
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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