Medical Laboratory Science

    • Gannon's Medical Laboratory Science program graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate.
    • Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program have a 100-percent pass rate on the national certification test given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
    • Graduates of Gannon's Medical Laboratory Science program are employed in various laboratory facilities, including UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Kane (Pa.) Hospital, and hospitals in New York, Georgia and California.
    • Many graduates choose to pursue advanced studies. One earned
      his Ph.D. in epidemiology with a speciality in infectious diseases at a prestigious university.

    You Will Learn

    Gannon's Medical Laboratory Science program can help students gain the necessary knowledge and skills for an exciting career in medical laboratory science with preparation for joining a team of dedicated health professionals.

    The Medical Laboratory Science program offers a three-and-one curriculum structure, which allows for an accelerated pathway for becoming a medical laboratory scientist. It provides three years of solid foundation in the sciences and other courses that are prerequisites to the senior year of hands-on medical laboratory science experience at our affiliated hospital-based Medical Laboratory Science program.

    Upon completion of the clinical rotation, students receive their bachelor's degree. Graduates then take a certification test given by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology in order to use the initials MLS (ASCP) after their names to show proficiency in

    the field of medical laboratory science. The degree helps students translate knowledge of the sciences into caring for the health and well being of people.

    You Will Experience

    Students are encouraged to apply at accredited non- affiliated Medical Laboratory Science programs and tend to work in a related area during their senior year in these programs. This work provides more hands-on learning experiences
    to further develop students' knowledge and competencies. Gannon also offers partnerships with the following hospital-based Medical Laboratory Science programs:

    • Saint Vincent Hospital
    • WCA Hospital

    You Will Achieve

    Entry-level and experienced medical technologists perform a wide range of laboratory tests from simple blood tests to more complex tests that

    may reveal diseases such as cancer, blood infections and autoimmune disorders. The medical technologist is also responsible for confirming the accuracy of test results and reporting laboratory findings to the pathologist and other doctors.

    Medical technologists often operate complex electronic equipment, computers, and precision instruments. Medical technologists work in areas involving chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Students can also pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields, including public health and medicine. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • hospitals
    • independent laboratories • public health facilities
    • businesses and industry in positions such as marketing, sales, quality assurance, environmental health and insurance
    • cell marker technology
    • bioengineering
    • cancer research
    • therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics


    You will Study

    Students will enjoy many unique courses at Gannon to prepare for their senior year of medical laboratory science education. Throughout their education, students take
    a series of chemistry courses including biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology, immunology and genetics. Students in their senior year can then enroll in upper-level courses in Medical Laboratory Science, including:

    Clinical Chemistry (includes instrumentation and RIA)

    This course includes a brief review of analytical chemistry and qualitative analysis, and stresses the chemistry of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, endocrinology, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, etc., and the physiology, metabolisms and methodologies used in the study of these substances in relation to biologic processes as found in health and pathologic states. Clinical correlation is made with the various situations in which the substances are altered.

    Immunohematology and Blood Banking

    Immunohematology emphasizes the application of principles of red cell antigens, which are detectable only by the reactivity of red cells with antibodies corresponding to the antigens. The topics covered in this course include ABO groupings, Rh factor, and numerous other blood group systems. Students study these in correlation with the compatibility of transfused blood and the various procedures needed to test for this compatibility.

    Immunology and Serology

    This course encompasses the serologic reactions employed in the diagnosis of bacterial, parasitic, rickettsial and viral diseases. The principles of antigen-antibody reactions
    are developed, and the various procedures including agglutination, flocculation, precipitation and complement fixation are stressed in this course.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $48,900
    • Mid-career salary: $60,500
    • All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (