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Student in Medical Laboratory Science Program wins national scholarship

Tytiana Taylor, a student in Penn State College of Medicine’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program and a senior at Millersville University, has been named as one of five MLS students nationwide to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API).

Now in its 15th year, the API Scholarship Program provides funding to students as they pursue their clinical laboratory science education.

“I first realized what clinical laboratory science was when my grandmother was admitted to a hospital,” Taylor said. “A sample of her blood was taken to the lab to diagnose cardiac arrest. Laboratory scientists have a direct impact on the lives of many patients.”

The 11-month MLS training program at the College of Medicine results in a certificate in MLS while participants fulfill requirements for a bachelor’s-level degree in an MLS-related major from an affiliated college or university. The program aims to prepare participants for a career in MLS and includes didactic and clinical experiences as well as professional and leadership skills development.

“Tytiana shows a national ability in laboratory sessions that predicts a highly successful career for her as a medical laboratory scientist,” said Mary Beth Miele, PhD, instructor of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of the MLS program.

The API is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world, serving over 20,000 laboratories, according to a press release from the institute. The API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital and reference laboratories, physician offices, clinics and point-of-care testing sites.

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