Career Opportunities Medical laboratory scientists are problem-solvers, dealing with the complexities and outcomes of medicine and science. They provide invaluable service to patient care by performing a wide range of laboratory tests, confirming the accuracy of test results, and reporting the test results to the pathologists and other physicians. Medical laboratory scientists work in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. They apply their solid foundation in the sciences and medical laboratory education to the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. Practice settings for medical laboratory scientists include hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, public health agencies, and industries. Molecular diagnostics, molecular biotechnology companies, and other specialized laboratories offer additional career opportunities. Experienced medical laboratory scientists have opportunities to advance their career by specializing in certain areas, such as cell marker technology, bioengineering and cancer research, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics. Industry offers career opportunities in product development, marketing, sales, and quality assurance. Currently, the demand for medical laboratory scientists far exceeds the supply of qualified laboratory professionals. With continued population growth and medical advances, the need for medical laboratory scientists is expected to increase. Application for Clinical Internship and Degree Completion In general, students apply for admission to hospital-based programs at the start of the fall semester in their junior year, and upon acceptance, begin their clinical education the following summer. Students will have completed all their prerequisite courses prior to their clinical education. Because each hospital-based program has a different calendar, it is important for students to obtain information about individual programs as early as possible. The program director at Gannon assists students with the application process; however, the University does not guarantee admission of students to the hospital-based programs. These programs conduct their own selection process. Selection of students for admission to the hospital laboratory program is based primarily on grade point average (GPA), typically a 3.0 or higher. In addition, hospital-based programs typically require a science GPA of 2.8 or higher. Therefore, students with a low GPA, especially in the sciences, may not be accepted by the hospitals for the laboratory portion of the program. Students should know the requirements of each program they are considering. While students are completing their laboratory education, they are considered students of that program and do not register at Gannon. They are governed by the academic policies of their laboratory education program. They should still adhere to certain university deadlines that affect their degree completion. For example, they are responsible for applying for graduation in November. Directors of affiliated hospital-based programs send studentsâ€™ grades to Gannon to be recorded on the studentsâ€™ transcripts. Students who complete Gannonâ€™s three-year academic requirements and successfully complete their fourth year of studies (approximately 12 months) at an accredited medical laboratory science program will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical laboratory science. Students graduate in summer following completion of their laboratory education. Graduates are eligible to take a national certification test given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Those who pass the exam may use the initials, MLS (ASCP)CM after their name, showing proficiency inMedical Laboratory Science. The following course descriptions are for the courses offered by hospital-based medical laboratory science programs. Hospital programs may have different course titles.