Associate in Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

If you love the science of medicine and want to work in a laboratory, this is the program for you.

With the associate in science degree in medical laboratory technology (MLT) you can gain the tools and knowledge to work with pathologists, technologists, and technicians to analyze patient samples to detect illness, provide information to enable treatment, and ensure that the treatment will benefit the patient.

As a medical lab technician, you will be qualified to perform routine tests as well as more complex procedures, including analyzing blood for chemical components, typing blood to ensure safe transfusion, and identifying bacteria and other microorganisms.

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“The medical laboratory technology program is very important, because there is no program in our immediate region that meets this need. The program will help organizations like the Lewistown Hospital maintain well-qualified staff to help care for people.”

Kay Hamilton
President and Chief Executive Officer of Lewistown Hospital

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“A significant component of the medical laboratory technology program is the 500-plus hours students spend in clinical skills training at medical sites during the second year of the program. Students often get hired where they did their clinicals when they graduate and get their certification.”

Kirk A. Gilbert
Health and Science Coordinator of the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown


Personal attention
Advisers experienced in working with busy adult learners will help you every step of the way and show you how to fit your classes in with work, family, or other obligations.

Close to home
You can take your classes at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown and still have access to all of the resources of Penn State.

Penn State is universally regarded as one of the finest educational institutions in the United States. Putting a Penn State degree or certificate on your résumé is a great way to broaden your career options and prove to current and potential employers that you are a well-educated professional.

When you have successfully completed the MLT program at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown, you can work in many areas of the medical laboratory, such as microbiology, chemistry, hematology, serology, blood bank, and urinalysis.

Employers seek medical laboratory technicians who have good analytical judgment and pay close attention to details. The majority of jobs are in:

•  hospitals
•  physicians’ offices
•  medical and diagnostic laboratories

If you want to continue your education, credits from this associate degree program can be transferred to degree majors in microbiology, medical laboratory science, biology, and related disciplines.

You will need to take a minimum of 70 credits to complete this degree, and you can finish the program in two years as a full-time student, or three years as a part-time student. The course of study includes one year of intensive clinical experience at an affiliated hospital and the theoretical background necessary for performing clinical laboratory procedures.

In addition to initial courses in math, biology, social/behavioral sciences, and humanities, you’ll study:

•  chemistry principles (CHEM 110/111)
•  organic chemistry (CHEM 202)
•  introduction to microbiology (MICRB 201/202)
•  human anatomy (BIOL 129)
•  human physiology (BIOL 141/142)
•  clinical chemistry (MICRB 151-A)
•  clinical microbiology (MICRB 151-W)
•  hematology (MICRB 151-C)
•  immunology/serology (MICRB 151-F)
•  immunohematology (MICRB 151-D)
•  urinalysis/body fluids (MICRB 151-E)

The majority of classes will be taught face-to-face at the Penn State Learning Center, while some of the classes will be delivered from Penn State's Hazleton campus through a state-of-the-art video conferencing system. The video conferencing system creates an extremely rich and immersive classroom experience. This allows our students at the Lewistown Center to interact in real time with faculty and students at other campuses.

Penn State’s associate in science degree in medical laboratory technology is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road., Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119, phone: 847-939-3597, website: Graduates of this accredited MLT program are eligible to take national certification examinations, such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam, to become certified as an MLT (ASCP). This program is being offered in partnership with Penn State Hazleton.

Admissions counselors and academic advisers are available to discuss your education goals, financial aid, and application deadlines. Our admissions services staff is ready to provide you with:

•  assistance in selecting the best program to meet your needs
•  information about program-specific admission prerequisites
•  information about application requirements and deadlines
•  confirmation of your application status

The first step toward earning a Penn State degree is completing the online application. Please note that admission prerequisites and application requirements may vary by program. To learn what you will need to apply to a specific program, contact a member of our admissions services staff today.

Admission is open to:

•  first-year students
•  students who transfer from other colleges (advanced standing)
•  Penn State students who wish to change their major to MLT

Applicants to Penn State's MLT program must have completed high school requirements, including 3 units of English and 2 units of math (algebra, or algebra plus geometry); biology and chemistry are strongly recommended. Students who have not fulfilled these requirements should speak to an admissions counselor about their options to complete this course work. Some courses may require other prerequisite work.

The program begins in the summer semester (mid-May). It is recommended that you complete the application portfolio by March 1 for consideration for admission to the summer semester.

New students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by March 1.

This degree program can be completed at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown.

Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown
Phone: 717-248-9618
152 East Market Street
Suite 100
Lewistown, Pennsylvania

Pat Ferry, MS, MT (ASCP)
MLT Program Director
Phone: 570-450-3090

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities to participate in its educational programs. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about physical access, please contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) or call 814-863-1807 (V/TTY).