Tuition & Expenses

  • Application
    • $30
    • A check must be made out to Reading Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science must be sent with the application
  • Deposit
    • $300
    • Due at the time of acceptance into the program and is not refundable
  • Student Health Fee
    • $175
    • Due by June 1
  • Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance
    • Background Check - $29
    • Child Abuse Clearance - $10
    • Done by the student online before the start of the program
  • Pre-admission Drug Testing
    • Approximately $35
    • Paid in July when the student begins the program
  • Tuition
    • $6,500
    • Tuition payments may be divided into two installments; the first half is due by the beginning of the program in July, and the remainder is due by the end of January.

Refund Policy

Tuition is the only refundable fee; the refund is prorated to the amount of time spent in the program.

Week of Withdrawal from ProgramAmount of tuition refunded
1 or 2 80%
3 or 4 60%
5 or 6 40%
7 or 8 20%
> 8 none

Additional Costs and Materials

Textbooks - $500-$600 (estimate)

Room and Board – Students who desire residency may elect to retain a room at The Inn at Reading for an additional cost. Notify the Program Director if you desire housing. Students may purchase meals in the discounted Employee Cafeteria at their own expense.

Clothing - White or scrub uniforms are not required but may be worn by the student. Acceptable street clothes are permitted. The student must provide a lab coat. The laboratory provides personal protective equipment including protective barrier gowns for employees and students. Students should refer to the dress code policy, which is provided before the program begins in July.

College/University Fees – Students who are still enrolled at a college for their senior year are responsible to that institution for whatever fees are applicable.

Transportation – Students must provide their own transportation; however, students living at The Inn at Reading may ride the shuttle to the Hospital. The shuttle service is available Monday through Thursday from 0530-2130 hours, and 0530-1830 hours on Fridays. Off-peak time shuttle service can be arranged by calling 484-628-8424.

Medical Insurance – Students must be covered by their own medical insurance. Student or temporary jobs do not qualify for benefits. They may participate in the Hospital’s health plan, but at the full (unsubsidized) cost.

Less expensive policies may be available through their college campus or their car insurance company.

A permanent part-time job of 16 hours per week or more allows the student to enroll in the Hospital health plan at minimal cost. The Employment Office maintains a job-posting list at several sites in the Hospital and on our website.

Certification Exam – Students are encouraged to sit for the Board of Certification exam as it is a way of verifying entry-level competence. Students are responsible for the certification exam fee, which must be sent to the certifying organization with the application for the exam.

If the timing of loans or scholarships leaves the student unable to meet the above deadlines, other arrangements can be made with the program director. Proof of pending financial aid is required, and will be placed in the student’s file.