Curriculum, Faculty, and Program Outcomes

School of Laboratory Sciences Curiculum Faculty PageStudents successfully completing our one-year program receive a certificate from the Reading Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science and are eligible and prepared to sit for the certifying examination offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


Our curriculum provides students with theoretical and practical laboratory experience and skills, as well as appropriate attitudes needed to perform competently as entry-level, medical laboratory scientists. We have designed a structured educational experience that consists of lectures, reading assignments, examinations, and medical laboratory experience.

While credits are determined by the student's college, provided below is a suggested list. The areas of clinical experiences and suggested credits are:

Chemistry Analysis of human fluids for diagnostic purposes and supportive medical care. 8 Credits
Urinalysis Study of the chemical and microscopic elements of urine. 2 Credits
Coagulation Study of systems involved in the coagulation of blood, detection of deficiencies in those systems, and control of anticoagulant therapies. 2 Credits
Hematology Study of the origin, development, normal, and abnormal morphology, functions, and reaction of blood cells. 4 Credits 
Immunohematology Study of processing, storage, and administration of human blood and its components (also called Transfusion Services). 4 Credits
Microbiology Study of pathogenic bacteria, mycobacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi, their rapid and exact identification, and antibiotic susceptibilities. 8 Credits
Serology In-vitro study of antigen-antibody interactions; science of immunity and study of the in-vitro development of antibody against specific foreign antigen. 4 Credits
Clinical Seminar Orientation to the Medical Laboratory, Phlebotomy, Medical Terminology, lectures and activities in Education, Laboratory Computerization, Management, Laboratory Safety, Continuous Quality Improvement, Total Quality Management (CQI & TQM), medical ethics, professionalism, cultural diversity and other relevant topics. 3 Credits
Anatomic Pathology Students spend time in Cytology, Histology and Pathology as an enrichment experience. The brief overview of basic techniques associated with these departments affords the students the ability to see how the clinical and anatomic laboratories equally contribute to the care of the patient. 1 Credit

Essential Functions for the Medical Laboratory Scientist are located on the student application.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of our program are highly marketable and have experienced 100 percent relevant job placement within six months of graduation. Most graduates have gained employment in hospital laboratories, others by private, pharmaceutical, and reference laboratories.


Academic Year  #Enrolled  #Graduated  Rate # Taking BOC Exam # Passed Pass Rate Job within 6 Months Rate # Pursuing Further Education Rate
2007-2008 4 3 75% 3 3 100% 3 100% 0 0%
2008-2009 4 3 75% 2 2 100% 3 100% 1 33%
2009-2010 4 4 100% 4 4 100% 4 100% 1 25%
2010-2011 4 4 100% 4 4 100% 4 100% 0 0%
2011-2012 3 3 100% 3 3 100% 3 100% 0 0%

Program Faculty

Members of the faculty are pathologists, department supervisors, and clinical laboratory scientists from the Hospital’s Medical Laboratory.


Lecturing Faculty

Teaching Responsibility

Bright, Diane, BS, MT(ASCP) Hematology
Gabel, Yvonne, MBA, CT(ASCP) Management
Gallagher, Linda, BS, MT(ASCP) Chemistry
Henry, Cheryl, BA, MT(ASCP) Chemistry
Engle, Robin, RPT(ASCP) Phlebotomy
Howk, Karen, BS, MT(ASCP) Coagulation and Hematology
Koontz, Pat, BS, MT(ASCP) POC
McLean, Sharon, BS, MT(ASCP) Urinalysis
Miller, Linda, BS, MT(ASCP)SBB Transfusion Services
Shuman, Stefani, MBA, MT(ASCP)SM Microbiology and Parasitology
Strauss, Sharon, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM(NRCM) Microbiology Supervisor and Lecturer
Bosler, Kristin, BS, HTL(ASCP) Immunohistochemistry and Histology
Swierczynski, Sharon, MD, PhD Pathologist – Hematology
Wheeler, Derek, MHA, HTL(ASCP) Management
Rick, Alice, CT(ASCP) Cytology
Brubaker, Karen, BS, MEd, CT(ASCP) Cytology

Departmental Coordinators

Howell-Clarke, Melissa, BS, MT(ASCP) Blood Bank Rotation Coordinator
Gallen, Michelle, BS, MT(ASCP) Chemistry Rotation Coordinator
Scarcella, Sandra, BS, MT(ASCP) Hematology Rotation Coordinator
Witmier, Jessica, BS, MT(ASCP) Microbiology Rotation Coordinator


Frey, Beth, BS, MT(ASCP) Blood Bank Supervisor