The Learning Experience
The 12-month program begins and ends each August. No more than four students are enrolled at a time, allowing for an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio that maximizes learning. Structured lectures combined with clinical practicums provide exceptional learning experiences. Program faculty include board-certified pathologists and medical technologists, many of whom hold specialty certifications.
The program curriculum includes phlebotomy; blood bank and transfusion medicine; microbiology, including mycology, parasitology, and virology; chemistry; hematology; hemostasis; urinalysis and body fluids analysis; immunology; education; and, management.
Students are measured in affective, cognitive and psychomotor achievement for each course. Students must pass each area of each course to successfully complete the program.
Clinical experience is carefully interwoven with classroom instruction to ensure sequenced reinforcement of theoretical concepts.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess entry-level competencies of a medical laboratory scientist and are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) national certification exam. Each student is awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the program. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon passing a certification exam.
National certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist is recommended upon graduation but not required to complete the program. American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) offers the MLS certification exam and students may sit for the exam locally. Students undergo two weeks of intense review at the conclusion of the program to prepare for the ASCP Board of Certification MLS exam.
Past 3-year Outcome Measures for the Program
• The program has 100% employment placement rate within 6 months from the program’s graduation.
• The program’s class average ASCP Board of Certification scores are greater than 500 compared to a national average score of 479. (Passing certification exam score is 400.)
• Student retention/graduation rate from the last-half to the end of the program is 100%. (This includes students who were still enrolled in the program after February 1st and completed the program and earned a certificate upon graduation.)