Medical Laboratory Technology, A.S.

Program Code: 2MLT_AS

Entrance to Major

Students must request a Dean's review to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Additional Information

Before beginning the clinical experience rotations at hospitals, students must meet the requirements listed at: http://hazleton.psu.edu/program-clinical-prerequisites.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, a minimum of 72 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 63-65

12 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses.

Scheduling of courses in summer session depends on campus location.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement   

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MICRB 150Introductory Medical Laboratory Technology4
MICRB 151AClinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Technicians5
MICRB 151BHematology for Medical Laboratory Technicians5
MICRB 151CImmunohematology and Serology for Medical Laboratory Technicians4
MICRB 151DClinical Chemistry Practicum2
MICRB 151EHematology Practicum2
MICRB 151FImmunohematology Practicum2
MICRB 151GClinical Microbiology and Body Fluids Practicum2
MICRB 151WClinical Microbiology and Body Fluid Analysis for Medical Laboratory Technicians5
Additional Courses
CMPSC 100Computer Fundamentals and Applications3
or MIS 103 Microcomputer Applications in Business
Select 8 credits from:8
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
and Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-5 credits from:3-5
College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Mathematics I Keystone/General Education Course
Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Hazleton

Lori Yeager, MLS (ASCP)
Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Technology Program
Kostos 120
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3054
lay5071@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Hazleton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 30‡†3MICRB 2013CHEM 20233
CHEM 1103MICRB 2022CAS 1003 ‡3
BIOL 16113BIOL 16313MICRB 1502, 34
BIOL 16211BIOL 16411 
CHEM 108 (optional)1CHEM 1111 
General Education Course (GQ)‡†3-4MIS 1033 
PSU 81General Education Course3 
 15-16 16 10
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MICRB 151A2 *5MICRB 151C2 *4General Education Course43
MICRB 151B2 *5MICRB 151F2 *2General Education Course43
MICRB 151D2 *2MICRB 151G2 *2 
MICRB 151E2 *2MICRB 151W2 *5 
 14 13 6
Total Credits 74-75

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Program Notes:

A minimum of 72 credits is required for graduation.

Math (Quantification): If Placement Profile indicates MATH 4 – schedule before first Fall semester (during Summer). Then take MATH 21.

Other qualifying math courses:  MATH 22, 26, 40, 81, 110, 111, 140, STAT 200, 250.

CHEM 108 (Problem Solving in Chemistry) is optional, but recommended. 

PSU 8 required of all first-year students in the first semester

Career Paths

The two-year MLT program includes a two-semester clinical practicum experience in affiliated hospital laboratories. The MLT learns the most current laboratory techniques in a real laboratory setting.

Careers

You can find a career in a hospital laboratory, food processing industry, veterinary lab, state police or federal forensics lab, public health lab, cancer clinic, chemical company, pharmaceutical company, and more. You can choose to work in a medical lab or non-medical setting.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CAREERS

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

If an MLT graduate chooses to continue his/her education, the first year's courses will transfer to a major in Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Biology or related disciplines. Once an MLT graduate passes a national certification exam and is certified as MLT, earns a BS or BA in any major, and works in a hospital laboratory for at least two years, they can qualify to take a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam. Bachelor's degrees earned prior to MLT certification count toward the MLS qualification. This opens the door to careers as an educator, laboratory manager and specialist positions.

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Penn State Hazleton is fully accredited by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 or 773-714-8880. Graduates of this accredited MLT program are eligible to take national certification examinations, such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam, to become certified as an MLT (ASCP).

Penn State Hazleton program outcome measures are available at http://hazleton.psu.edu/program-outcome-measures

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACCREDITING AGENCY FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Hazleton

Kostos 120
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3054
lay5071@psu.edu

https://hazleton.psu.edu/associate-science-medical-laboratory-technology