About the Medical Laboratory Science Program

School of Medical Laboratory ScienceThe School of Medical Laboratory Science was established in 1934 as The School of Medical Technology. It is an 11 month program, equivalent to the senior year of college (3+1 option), but applicants with a baccalaureate degree (4+1) who meet entrance requirements may also be considered.

Time in the program is divided between education in the classroom setting with relevant hands-on experience gained in the hospital laboratory. The usual class size is six students per year, although the faculty committee reserves the right to modify the class size due to circumstances in any year. Classroom and laboratory training is located on the main hospital campus.

Classes begin the third week of July and continue for 48 weeks. Students are scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no holiday, evening, night, or weekend responsibilities.


The medical laboratory is an integral part of any healthcare facility. It provides physicians with information helpful in diagnosing and treating their patients, requiring a continuous need for qualified personnel.

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Program is to develop pre-professional students into lab practitioners who have a professional attitude, a solid foundation in the scientific principles involved, proficiency in the performance of laboratory procedures, and who are well prepared to take on the professional role of a healthcare practitioner committed to life-long learning. After successful completion of the Program, students will be qualified to sit for the Board of Certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

The Program also has a goal of fulfilling the need for high-quality clinical laboratory practitioners for our Hospital and our community.

The Reading Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, national origin, or other legally protected classifications.