The Medical Laboratory Science Program is a 12-month program for college students sponsored by York Hospital. The program typically serves as a student's senior year of college (3+1 option), but applicants with a B.S. degree (4+1) who meet the entrance requirements will be considered as well.
The mission of the program is to prepare undergraduate students at the pre-professional level for the practice of medical laboratory science. The curriculum encompasses not only didactic and clinical activities and experiences, but also professional and leadership skills development. The program instills the values of integrity, teamwork, and respect for people; and promotes the concepts of life-long learning and fiscal responsibility. The program culminates with the student attaining career-entry competence as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
To accomplish this mission the program strives to:
- Provide educational experiences relevant and appropriate to medical laboratory science
- Prepare graduates for certification and/or licensure in medical laboratory science
- Encourage individual personal and professional growth and development
- Broaden community awareness of the profession of medical laboratory science
- Help meet the demand for competent practitioners in a variety of laboratory settings and venues
Class size and schedule
Six students are accepted each year. During the program, students attend classes and participate in various clinical activities. Time is divided between the classroom and the laboratory setting. Classes typically begin the third week of July and continue for 50 weeks. Students routinely attend class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no holiday assignments, however, clinical rotations may include some evening, night, and weekend assignments.
Curriculum activities provide for laboratory skills development and mastery, as well as a knowledge base in medical laboratory science. Acquiring this knowledge and perfecting these skills enables program graduates to function in most laboratory settings - including hospital, physician office, reference, research and industrial laboratories.
These colleges and universities provide the necessary science prerequisites for the pre-professional program at WellSpan York Hospital and are affiliated with the program at WellSpan York Hospital:
- Bloomsburg University
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Millersville University
- Shippensburg University
- Slippery Rock University
- York College of Pennsylvania
The WellSpan York Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), a professional agency that establishes educational standards for baccalaureate level programs in medical laboratory sciences. NAACLS is located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018; telephone 737.714.8880. NAACLS may be contacted via their web site at www.naacls.org.
For More Information
Ed Beitz, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Program Director, MLS Program
WellSpan York Hospital
1001 South George Street
York, PA 17405-7198