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Medical Laboratory Science

Earn a degree that can allow you to work anywhere in the world. Use your clinical science knowledge and hands-on experience to change the way we see medicine.

From collecting data to analyzing laboratory results, students in York College’s Medical Laboratory Science program are gaining the skills they need to make an impact in the world of medicine. Whether you see yourself developing new medications for the pharmaceutical industry, conducting medical research in a hospital lab, or finding new ways to bring comfort to animals through veterinary studies – York College can give you the tools to get there.

Our students spend three years of classroom experience at the college before diving into a year of a clinical study at an area hospital. With the guidance of our experienced faculty and the technical skills learned on the job, our graduates go on to pursue challenging careers.

Emily Zelger, a Medical Lab Science major at York College, at the York Hospital Microbiology Lab.
Emily, a Medical Lab Science major at York College, has interned at the York Hospital Microbiology Lab for two years.

Clinical Experience

  • Clinical Requirements

    Clinical Requirements

    Admission to York College does not guarantee admission to the clinical instruction facilities clinical year.

    • Complete the core requirements of study at the College with an average of 2.5 in science and mathematics as well as a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in order for the College to recommend the student for the clinical year.
    • During your junior year, you will apply for clinicals at an accredited program to be completed during your senior year. You can choose to apply at one of our five affiliated programs or another accredited clinical program in the United States.
    • Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Science program at York College, you will be required to pass the Medical Lab Scientist (ASCP) Certification.
  • Clinical Locations

    Clinical Locations

    As a Medical Laboratory Science student, you will gain practical experience through the year-long clinical rotation in an accredited clinical program. 

    Students may apply to any NAACLS accredited program. York College maintains affiliate status with hospital Medical Laboratory Science programs at the following sites: 

    Additional programs can be found through the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Lab Science (NAACLS).



    Courtesy Faculty for NAACLS accredited affiliate programs include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does a Medical Laboratory Scientist do?

    • Examine and analyze body fluids, tissues and cells
    • Identify infective microorganisms
    • Analyze the chemical constituents of body fluids
    • Identify blood-clotting abnormalities
    • Cross-match donor blood for transfusions
    • Test blood for drug levels to measure the efficacy of particular treatments
    • Evaluate test results for accuracy and help interpret them for the physician. 

    What is the median salary? The median salary for a medical laboratory scientist is $50,000 - $60,000 per year.

    Is there a job demand in this field? With an aging population and increased diagnostic and evaluative technology, the job growth rate is expected to increase 14-16% through 2026. 

    What are some possible places for employment for a medical laboratory scientist?

    • Hospital, Research, Forensic and Pharmaceutical labs
    • Blood Bank
    • Veterinary Offices
    • Center for Disease Control
    • Department of Agriculture Laboratories
  • Program Handbook

    Department of Health Professions Clinical Program Handbook

    Students enrolled in a clinical program are expected to follow the York College Department of Health Professions' established policies and practices. The Clinical Program Handbook serves as a guide to support students' awareness of these policies and provide advice about how to best adhere to them throughout your academic experience.

Contact Us
Department of Health Professions
Elizabeth Shearer, M.S.
Department of Health Professions, Chair
Diehl, Room 207
Phone: 717.815.1740