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Health Sciences (B.S.)

Bloomsburg University's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program provides a strong biology background in preparation for admission into clinical, research and graduate programs in the health sciences. There is a general option and a medical laboratory science option, as well as advisement tracks for students interested in continuing for physical therapy, physician assistant or pharmacy graduate studies.

Health Sciences (B.S.)

Medical Genomics and Counseling (B.S.)


Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

Medical laboratory scientists perform many of the laboratory tests used in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. As part of the health care team they contribute data on blood, tissues and fluids using a variety of precise methods and technologies. The program of study combines natural science and liberal arts education with clinical instruction.

Students complete 90 credit hours (three years) of core science and general education classes at BU followed by one calendar year in a hospital clinical program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students earn the B.S. degree from BU and are eligible to sit for national certification exams.

BU's program is rigorous and demanding. It attracts individuals who have strong quantitative and analytical skills. Students should be prepared to study in both an academic and clinical environment and have a strong background in the sciences.

In the past five years, the clinical placement rate for these students has been excellent. However clinical placement is becoming more competitive and admission to the clinical year experience is not automatic or guaranteed.

Students begin the application procedure after completing two academic years, usually the summer following the sophomore year. Assistance in making application for admission is offered by the university, but admission is determined solely by the clinical affiliates.

Presently, BU is affiliated with eight hospitals. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements and the clinical year earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and are eligible to take the national certification examinations for medical laboratory scientist.

Clinical Affiliates and Adjunct Faculty

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
850 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
Ms. Carol Bond, Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science

Reading Hospital and Tower Health System
School of Health Sciences
P.O. Box 16052, Sixth Ave. & Spruce St., Reading, PA 19612
Mr. Ethan Kentzel, MLS (ASCP), Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science

Robert Packer Hospital
One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840
Mr. Brian D. Spezialetti, Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Erie Ave at Front St. Philadelphia, PA 19134
Ms. Susanne Dannert, Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science

UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport
700 High Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
Ms. Christine Wheary, Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science

Thomas Jefferson College Health Professions
130 S 9th St., Suite 1924, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ms. Valerie Jalicke, Program Director, Laboratory Sciences

Well Span Health/York Hospital
1001 South George St., York, PA 17405
Mr. Edwin Beitz, Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science

Pre-Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing (B.S.)

This program is designed to facilitate entry into a second degree nursing program upon graduation from BU. Completion of this program does not guarantee admittance into BU’s Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program.

Pre-Pharmacy (B.S.)

Pharmacy is a health profession concerned with knowledge about drugs and their effects. Pharmacists prepare, dispense and administer drugs. They evaluate medication orders, and provide information and advice on drug selection, effects and interactions. The standard degree for a pharmacist today is the Doctor of Pharmacy - typically a six-year program. The first two years of the curriculum is broad-based and can be taken at an undergraduate institution such as BU. Students may apply to transfer after two years, or complete a bachelor's degree (we recommend the B.S. Health Sciences degree) before applying to a professional program. BU students have been admitted to a number of different pharmacy schools.

Pre-Physical Therapy (B.S.)

Physical therapists examine, diagnose and treat patients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiac, neurological and pulmonary problems. They carry out programs to help increase a patient's strength and flexibility, to relieve pain and to help limit permanent physical disabilities. Most physical therapy degree programs are now at the doctoral level. We strongly recommend that students complete the B.S. Health Sciences degree, then apply for admission to a physical therapy program where they earn a doctoral (D. PT) degree. These programs are usually three years in length. Graduates of BU have been admitted to many different physical therapy schools.

Pre-Physician Assistant (B.S.)

Physician assistants work under the supervision of and in collaboration with physicians. They provide a broad range of diagnostic, educational and therapeutic patient care services. Most physician assistant education programs are now at the masters degree level. We strongly recommend that students complete the B.S. in Health Sciences degree at BU and then apply to a masters physician assistant degree program. These programs are typically two years in length. BU students have been admitted to many different physician assistant schools.

Jan Plan Program

Students get interactive look at healthcare profession

Geisinger Medical Center, one of the most highly integrated health systems in the country, invited Bloomsburg University students to participate in its Jan Plan program. The program brings students interested in healthcare into the hospital for a nine-day interactive experience, providing them with the opportunity to learn and collaborate with medical students, residents and physicians.

“As someone who wasn’t 100 percent sure that an occupation in medicine was what I wanted to do, being able to see in depth what life would be like working as a physician was crucial,” Jennifer Young said. “This experience really opened my eyes to the different aspects of being a doctor, helping me to better understand everything that goes into this type of profession.”

Out-of-state Licensure and Certification

Professional Medical Laboratory Science licensure and certification laws/regulations vary from state to state and are subject to change without notice. If you are planning to pursue a professional credential in a state other than PA, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements prior to starting a program.