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Penn State Health Medical Lab Scientist (PRN) - Special Hematology Lab in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Location:  US:PA:Hershey

Work Type:  PRN

FTE:  0.19

Shift:  DaysHours: Days


Join a team of Laboratory professionals providing high quality diagnostic services that play a vital role in positive outcomes for our patients!   




The Medical Lab Scientist is responsible for performing complex laboratory tests on blood, body fluids, cells, and tissues.  Scientists will identify bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms, analyze chemical content of fluids, and cross match blood for transfusion and organ transplantation, as well as aseptically prepare cells for use in cellular therapies.  The results of these tests are used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.


The Special Hematology Lab provides the following services:

Immunophenotyping by flow cytometry for leukemia/lymphoma/ PNH/lymphocyte subset analysis

Hepatitis C RNA quantitation and genotyping

HIV viral load and genotyping for drug resistance

Factor VIII antigen assay (von Willebrand factor antigen) and ristocetin CoFactor assay (von willebrand factor activity)

Specialized platelet function testing (platelet function screen by PFA-100 and platelet aggregation)

Technical assistance for bone marrow collection procedures and staining of bone marrow aspirate slides.



Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Technology, or Clinical Laboratory Science required. 

MLS (ASCP) – Medical Laboratory Scientist, American Society of Clinical Pathology, CLT (HHS) Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Health and Human Services Certification, and/or category specific technologist certifications offered by the American Society of Pathology such as BB (ASCP), C(ASCP), H(ASCP), M(ASCP), and MB(ASCP) required. 

Must be ASCP Certified within one year of employment at the Penn State Hershey Department of Pathology. 

Good customer service and communication skills required

Must be self-motivated and able to prioritize work. 


Applicants trained outside of the United States must provide documentation of equivalency evaluation of their education and training to ensure it is equivalent to CLIA requirements.  The equivalency evaluations will be performed by a nationally recognized organization.  Ex:  National Association Credential Evaluations Services, Inc. (NACES), the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).  The applicants is responsible for paying the cost of the equivalency evaluation. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:Able to stand frequently, walk frequently, sit constantly.Able to lift/carry 0-20 lbs frequently; 21-50 lbs occasionally.Able to push 0-50 lbs occasionally.Able to pull 0-20 lbs frequently; 21-50 lbs occasionally.Able to climb occasionally, reach constantly.Able to use hands for simple/firm grasping.Appended to this job description is the Work Task Analysis that further describes the physical requirements appropriate for this role.

Penn State Health Offers an exceptional benefit package including but not limited to:


·         Generous Paid Time Off and Personal Time

·         Medical Benefits (No waiting period)

·         Dental and Vision Benefits

·         75% Penn State University Tuition Discount (Full-Time Employees)

o   This benefit extends to dependents after one year

·         Matching 401K retirement plan





Penn State Health is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country.  It is a multi-hospital health system, Academic Medical Center and Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center serving patients and communities across Central Pennsylvania.  The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children's Hospital, and Penn State Cancer Institute in scenic Hershey, PA.  Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine.



We are proud to possess a vibrant downtown area which affords exceptional cultural opportunities including the Hershey and Harrisburg Orchestras, museums, a highly rated amusement park, the Hershey Theater, farmer’s markets and some of the finest dining in the region.  We are an easy distance from the Fulton Theater, York Little Theater, Lancaster’s Amish country, and walkable towns like Hummelstown and Lititz. 

For the outdoors enthusiast, we have ample opportunities for hiking, biking, rowing, and hunting.  For sports lovers, we are home to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, the Minor League Baseball’s Harrisburg Senators, and the United Soccer League’s Penn FC.   Central Pennsylvania is an exceptional combination of rural, suburban, and city living is within a 2-hour drive to weekend destinations such as Philadelphia, Washington DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore, and only a 3-hour drive from New York City. 




If chosen for this position, you may be required to pass a Post Offer Employment Physical Exam in accordance with the measurements listed in the Work Task Analysis (WTA) report.  This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position.  All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.


Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday, email or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF ( for more detailed steps for assistance.


Union: Non Bargained 

Position Medical Lab Scientist (PRN) - Special Hematology LabLocation US:PA:HersheyReq ID 184