Offered by the Department of Natural Sciences
The Medical Laboratory Sciences program includes three years of academic study on campus and one year (50 weeks) of clinical study at an approved hospital school of Medical Technology. This program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology. The program is accredited by the National Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Medical technologists perform complex laboratory analysis that plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Courses at Mansfield range from General Education, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics to Mathematics. Clinical courses include Urinalysis, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Blood Banking, Immunology, Parasitology, Medical Bacteriology, and Mycology. The student must apply to a hospital school and be accepted by the hospital for the year of clinical study. Mansfield University has an affiliation with Robert Packer Hospital School of Medical Technology in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Brian Spezialetti, M.S.Ed, MT (ASCP), program director and Joseph King, M.D., medical advisor, administer the Medical Technology Program at Robert Packer Hospital. Program graduates meet the requirements for certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Graduates of this program have professional employment opportunities in the following fields: hospital and private laboratories, pharmaceutical laboratories, research laboratories, biotechnology laboratories, veterinary clinics and forensic laboratories. Career growth is possible within the field and numerous graduate and professional school opportunities exist for students interested in furthering their education. If you choose not to do a clinical year or you are not accepted to a hospital school, you may complete a fourth year at Mansfield University and receive a B.S. in Biology.
In addition to the core student learning outcomes for the Biology program, students in the Medical Technology Concentration will apply knowledge in specific content areas and proficiency in laboratory skills required of a clinical laboratory professional (medical technologist). These specific content areas and laboratory skills include the following:
- Hematology and transfusion medicine
- Urinalysis and body fluids
- Clinical chemistry
- Medical bacteriology, mycology and parasitology
- Clinical laboratory management