Applicants to the Reading Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science will be considered for admission based on several criteria:
- Overall grade point average. (minimum 2.5)
- Grade point average in the combined Biology and Chemistry courses. (minimum 2.5)
- College/University affiliation or non-affiliation.
- Performance on a face-to-face interview.
- References from relevant academic instructors or advisors. Graduate applicants may also submit references from professional colleagues who can attest to the applicant’s potential as a medical laboratory science student.
- Students will be considered without regard to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, national origin or other legally protected classification.
The Program Director and members of the faculty interview qualified candidates and make the final decisions on student acceptance and class size. 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.
Applicants Without a Baccalaureate Degree
Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of three years (90 semester hours) in an accredited college or university. The Medical Laboratory Science Program has affiliations with several colleges/universities. These institutions provide the prerequisite courses needed to enter the pre-professional laboratory program. Students from these affiliated colleges/universities are given preference for admission into the program.
Medical Laboratory Science students enrolled in non-affiliated 3+1 baccalaureate programs may also be considered if their college/university agrees to establish a temporary affiliation agreement, assuring the student will receive appropriate credit for the time spent during the clinical year.
Students may begin the application process after their sophomore year, but must have successfully completed three full years in an accredited college or university before the start of the program. The minimum courses required are:
- Chemistry – 16 semester hours, including organic chemistry or biochemistry
- Biology – 16 semester hours, including microbiology, immunology, and anatomy or physiology
- Mathematics – 3 semester hours; statistics is strongly recommended
- Courses in genetics or molecular biology are recommended
Survey courses do not qualify as fulfillment of the chemistry and biology prerequisites. Once accepted, the student must maintain his/her 2.5 average in the remaining college courses. The hospital program may withdraw a student's acceptance for failure to maintain this average, or for failure to successfully complete all required prerequisites.
The courses taken during the previous three years shall meet the requirements of the college or university so that the student will be granted a baccalaureate degree by the college upon satisfactory completion of the hospital program. (3+1 option)
Applicants With a Baccalaureate Degree
Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree from either an affiliated or non-affiliated accredited college or university may also be considered if they meet the necessary entrance requirements.
Candidates who apply seven years or more after receiving their B.A. or B.S. degree must update their academic preparation to the approval of the program (grade C+ or better.) Courses in microbiology, organic chemistry or biochemistry, and immunology are often used to ensure academic preparedness and therefore must be updated.
Applicants with degrees from foreign universities must have their transcripts evaluated for US equivalency by an approved evaluation agency. A Satisfactory score on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required.
Students must also satisfy certain institutional requirements before beginning the program and immediately after the start of each program year. Refer to SHS Policy 300.
Students must possess certain physical and mental attributes to be able to complete the curriculum. Please review the Essential Functions [PDF] prior to applying to the program. A student must meet these expectations without or with reasonable accommodation.
The advisors at these affiliated colleges are adjunct faculty of the MLS program.
Erin Ventresca, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Science Building Room 139
Thirteenth & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Rosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Science & Mathematics
400 St. Bernardine Street BH 234
Reading, PA 19607
Jennifer Venditti, Ph.D.
Allied Health Coordinator/Program Director
Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences
Hartline Science Center
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Abdalla M. Aldras, M.S.P.H., Sc.D.
Medical Technology Program Coordinator
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
Joy Fox, BS, RT(R)(M)(QM)(CT)
Campus Coordinator - Medical Laboratory Science
Gwynedd Mercy University
Maguire Hall Room 128
1325 Sumneytown Pike, P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Joyce A. Shanty, Ph.D., RN
Coordinator, Allied Health Professions
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705
Ike Shibley, Ph.D.
Penn State Berks
Reading, PA 19610
Justin Merry, Ph.D.
Biology Department Chair
Saint Francis University
Science Center 109
P.O. Box 600
Loretto, PA 15940-0600
David R. Long, Ph.D.
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Diane M. Valentin, MS, MT(ASCP)MBCM
Director Medical Laboratory Science Program
University of the Sciences
600 S. 42nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
John Pisciotta, Ph.D.
Medical Laboratory Science Coordinator
West Chester University
700 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Elizabeth Hodgson, M.S.
Chair, Health Professions Department
York College of Pennsylvania
Appell Life Sciences Building, RM 224
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651
Students from these colleges are given preference for admission.
More information about the careers in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology can be found at the following sites:
The application and materials deadline for July enrollment is October 20.
The following checklist will help you keep track of what you will need to provide/accomplish throughout the application process:
- Complete the Online Application Form.
- Submit a 200 to 300 word autobiography/career statement.
- Request an official transcript from ALL colleges/universities where courses were taken and have the transcript(s) sent directly to the RHSHS Admissions Office.
- Request two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the RHSHS Admissions Office. One letter should be from the MLS advisor and one letter should be from one of the student’s Biology or Chemistry professors. Letters from both a Biology and a Chemistry professor are required if the advisor does not also function as an instructor in the program.
- Submit the completed online application and mail any supporting documents to: