B.S. in Biology Medical Laboratory Science overview
Students interested in a career working in a clinical laboratory can pursue the Biology Medical Laboratory Science degree. This 3 + 1 program offers instructional courses at Alvernia’s campus for the first 3 years, and a fourth year of clinical study in a school of medical technology approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratories Sciences (NAACLS).
Alvernia has an affiliation agreement with Reading Hospital and Medical Center who assists the application process for admission to the clinical program. Admission is determined solely by the hospital.
Upon acceptance and completion of required coursework, graduates become eligible to take the certification examination for medical technologists and after successful completion, are entitled to use the designation “Medical Technologist”.
In addition to Alvernia’s curriculum listed below, clinical experience in the hospital facility requires 30-32 credits. Courses include: Immunohematology, Chemistry, Clinical Microscopy, Coagulation, Hematology, Microbiology, Serology and Immunology.
For students who do not obtain a position in the NAACLS accredited program, their fourth and final year at Alvernia would be spent completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology.