Clinical Laboratory Science/ Medical Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology degree program is designed to train and qualify students as Clinical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists for hospital or clinical laboratories. This program meets the Clinical Laboratory Science requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). If current or future students have any questions about the Clinical Laboratory Science program please contact Professor Mary Sanders, Program Director.

Upon completion of three years of college-based study, the student sends transcripts to NAACLS for evaluation. This is done prior to his/her acceptance for internship at an accredited hospital. King’s College is presently affiliated with several hospitals where a 12 month internship may be taken. Clinical experiences may be obtained at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA; Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ; Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA; Reading Hospital, Reading, PA; University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, PA; York Hospital, York, PA; or any hospital having a School of Medical Technology approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). This 3 + 1 program leads to a B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology and prepares the student for the National Certification examinations. It should be noted that any student wishing to transfer into the King’s Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program from another academic institution is required to complete the sophomore and junior level science courses at King’s College.

The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program requires more than 120 credits for eligibility for the degree, which is awarded at the completion of the professional phase in August of each year. Students who complete a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or general science and who have the appropriate prerequisites may also apply to any school of Medical Technology approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists for study in preparation for the certification examination.



*Meets the requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Fall Semester                                               Spring Semester

Evolution & Diversity                                  Organisms and Their Ecosystems
(Biol 113 & 113L)                                               (Biol 210 & 210L)
General Chemistry I                                       General Chemistry II
(Chem 113 & 113L)                                           (Chem 114 & 114L)
Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis       Calculus **
(MATH 128)                                                     (MATH 125)

Organic Chemistry I                                             Organic Chemistry II
(Chem 241 & 241L)                                             (CHEM 242 & 242L)
Immunology                                                         Biochemistry for Med.
(BIOL 326 & 326L)                                              (BIOL 224 & 224L)
Cell & Molecular Biology                                     or Biochemistry
(BIOL 213 & 213L)                                              (BIOL 324 & 324L)

Molecular Genetics: DNA Science**                      Mediacl Microbiology
(BIOL 450 & 450 L)                                                (BIOL 314 & 314L)
Analytical Chemistry**                                             
(CHEM 243 & 243L)                                               

Hospital-based Clinical Rotation (30-36 credits) which is approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), consisting of: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Phlebotomy, Transfusion Medicine, Renal Analysis.

** Strongly recommended; at least 2 Core courses should be completed during summers to allow for recommended course completions.  A student must complete the Core and all required sequences at Kings’ (90 credits in three years) before being eligible to enter the Hospital-based internship (fourth year).

Students eligible for the fourth year, by virtue of having completed the preceding courses satisfactorily, may apply for admission to an ASCP certified school of Clinical Laboratories Science/Medical Technology. CLS/Med Tech internships are competitive and are dependent on the student’s academic record and success in the interview process. The hospital is responsible for final selection. The College does not, in accepting applicants into the program, in any way assure acceptance into this phase of the program. It is the responsibility of the student, not the College, to both seek and gain admittance into an internship program. However, the College will assist the student in every way toward these placements.

MT 440 - Clinical Rotation (30-36)
One calendar year of study (this curriculum may vary slightly from hospital to hospital). The curriculum pursued during the year of internship provides both theoretical and prac- tical experience in the field.

MT 440-1 - Urinalysis and Renal Function
Emphasis is on the microscopic examination and identification of structures in the urine sediment; related testing using the centrifuge, refractometer, and dipsticks. Theory and relationship of tests to disease are studied and discussed.

MT 440-2 - Hematology and Coagulation
Study of the morphological characteristics of erythocytes, leukocytes, and thromocytes, and the association of abnormalities with clinical conditions such as anemia and leukemia. Much time is spent on cell identification with the differential. In coagulation, the mechanism is studied, abnormalities are identified and their detection is studied. Exercises in coagulation tests such as fibrinogen levels, fibrin split-products and factor assays are studied.

MT 440-3 - Clinical Chemistry
Analytical procedures for the biochemical examination of body fluids, such as serum, spinal fluid, or urine. Practice in qualitative and quantitative techniques using modern laboratory instrumentation. Covered are the theories of operation, repair, recognizing problems, maintenance, and solving the problems of mechanization. Results of tests are related to the clinical state of the patient and his/her pathological state.

MT 440-4 - Immunohematology/Blood Banking
Introduction to blood banking which includes blood typing and cross-matching, anti- body identifications, direct and indirect Coombs testing, etc., all in accordance to the standards of the American Association of Blood Banks.

MT 440-5 - Serology and Immunology
Study of antigen-antibody reactions in vitro such as RPR reagin testing, mono-tests, RA tests and SLE latex tests.

MT 440-6 - Parasitology
The study of and identification of protozoa, helminths, annelids and arthropods, which invade humans and manifest themselves as disease.

MT 440-7 - Bacteriology/Virology
Study of microorganisms pathogenic to man via gram stain, acid fast stain, and use of differential media. Practice in isolation and identification of bacteria from various body sources. Also studied are viruses, the minute infectious agents, which only replicate them- selves within living host cells.

MT 440-8 - Mycology
The study of fungi, a group of eukaryotic protists, that can manifest themselves as disease in man.

MT 440-9 - Blood Collection/Phlebotomy
Instruction and practice in the technique of venipucture.

Adjunct Faculty: Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
Edwin Beitz, MHA, MT,CLS(NCA)
Program Director        
Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Williamsport Hospital
777 Rural Ave.
Williamsport, PA 17701

Jean Buchenhorst, MS, MT(ASCP)
Program Director
School of Medical Laboratory Science
The Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Wendy Gayle, MS MT(ASCP),CLS(NCA)
Program Director
Clinical Laboratory Science program
Lancaster General Hospital
410 N. Lime Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Brian D. Spezialetti, M.S., MT(ASCP)
Program Director
Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program
Robert Packer Hospital
One Guthrie Square
Sayre, PA 18840-1698


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