The Mount Nittany Medical Center School of Clinical Laboratory Science welcomes applications from capable students who have demonstrated high moral character, a serious pursuit of education and an interest in clinical laboratory science.

The following requirements must be met:

  • Each student must already have or be eligible for a degree from an accredited university or college equivalent to a bachelor's degree in biotechnology or an equivalent major from The Pennsylvania State University upon completion of this program.
  • Each student must have achieved a cumulative and a major grade point average of 2.5 during their freshman, sophomore and junior years. The semester(s) in progress or to be undertaken will be evaluated and weighed upon admission into the program (i.e. advanced placement).
  • Each student must have completed the following undergraduate courses as minimum requirements for admission:
    • Molecular and Cell Biology I and II, 6 credits
    • Immunology, 3 credits
    • Genetics, 3 credits
    • Medical Microbiology and lab, 5 credits
    • Chemical Principles I and II, 6 credits
    • Organic Chemistry I and II, 6 credits
    • Elementary Biochemistry and lab, 4 credits
    • Calculus I and II, 8 credits
    • Physics, 8 credits
  • Each student must visit the School of Clinical Laboratory Science and attend a personal interview.
  • A pre-admission physical examination is required, including varicella titer, rubeola titer, rubella titer, date of last diptheria (within 10 years), dates of four polio immunizations, a recommended hepatitis B vaccine series and the results of a PPD tuberculosis test (and follow-up if positive).
  • A pre-admission eye examination
  • A pre-admission dental examination
  • Current basic life support certification
  • Proof of health insurance coverage

Application Requirements

The application process includes the following requirements:

  • Classes begin in late July; applications must be submitted by the last day of November of the prior year. Late applications will be accepted if spaces remain in the class.
  • Penn State students should obtain admission packets and information from:

Medical Technology Coordinator Rebecca A. Falsone, BS, MT(ASCP), CBDT
The Pennsylvania State University
Eberly College of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Demonstration and Laboratory Equipment Specialist
104 South Frear Building
University Park, PA 16802

Graduates of other colleges or universities should contact the program director:

Margaret Pruss
Mount Nittany Medical Center School of Clinical Laboratory Science
1800 E. Park Ave.
State College, PA. 16803

  • The paperwork submitted when applying should include an application form listing personal information, courses being taken, courses completed, courses going to be taken, a transcript, three personal references and the essential functions needed to become a laboratory student.
  • The university coordinator will notify the program and initiate the application process.
  • The program director will review the information received from Penn State.
  • A visit and an interview will be scheduled between each student and the program director.

Selection Process

  • The program director will review the students' transcripts and references and weigh the interview questions to make an informed decision.
  • Per our affiliation agreement, students from Penn State are given priority over those student applicants from non-affiliated schools.
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection is usually made by early February of the application year.

Discrimination Policy

Mount Nittany Medical Center School of Clinical Laboratory Science does not discriminate against any person regardless of age, race, gender, religion, color, creed, disability or national origin. This statement of non-discrimination is in accordance with Mount Nittany Medical Center's "Equal Employment Opportunity Administrative Policy - 103" and "Nondiscrimination Policy - 6023" as well as Penn State Administrative Policies AD42, AD29, HR01 and HR11.


Healthcare is a practice discipline, requiring a variety of skills and abilities. The following core standards identify essential eligibility requirements for participation in the laboratory science program. Candidates are expected to function independently; however, reasonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities. Determining accommodations for disabilities will be made on an individual basis.

The core standards fall into these areas: critical thinking, communication, psychomotor, affective, sensory and behavioral. Some of the necessary tasks associated with these standards include clinical decision-making, verbal and written communication, standing, walking, bending, interpersonal skills, interactions with a variety of individuals of diverse backgrounds, auditory skills, visual tasks, tactile duties, compassion, integrity, motivation, work ethic and the ability to cope with stressful situations. Any need for accommodation to attain or maintain these core standards and their necessary tasks will be addressed individually.