Program Policies

Fees and Expenses

Tuition Waiver

Accepted students will be expected to sign an employment agreement with Lexington Medical Center in lieu of paying tuition fees. These program educational costs ($2,500) are waived for the student with the stipulation that the student agrees to an employment agreement of 12 months upon graduation from the program. Positions have to be available and offered. Positions may be on any shift, including second or third. Students must have excellent evaluations from clinical coordinators and faculty. LMC reserves the right NOT to hire any student, which dissolves any repayment requirements. Students who complete the program, but elect not to accept employment will be required to pay the educational costs ($2,500) and will meet with a human resources representative to set up repayment. Students are informed of this policy during their personal interview. An employment agreement is then signed during laboratory orientation. Since students do not ever pay the tuition, there is no refund policy.

Program Withdrawal

A student may withdraw at any time and should notify the Program Director in writing stating the reasons for withdrawal. Students will not be expected to repay any tuition.

Textbooks, Transportation, Housing, Insurance, and Personal Expenses

Students are responsible for their own textbooks, transportation, housing, and personal expenses. Meals may be obtained in the hospital cafeteria at a discounted price. The hospital does not offer health insurance to students. Health insurance is recommended but not required.

What to wear?

Hospital scrubs are required for students and is at the student’s expense. Students are expected to adhere to the laboratory’s dress code which will be explained during orientation. The laboratory does provide each student disposal safety coats which are worn during the clinical rotations. Other personal protective equipment is also provided for the student’s protection while performing their clinical rotations.

Program Requirements

Academic Acceptance Requirements

Students are required to have earned a baccalaureate degree or be enrolled in an approved college/university with an MLS 3+1 program. Temporary affiliation agreements must be approved by the hospital and the college or university.

College Curriculum Prerequisites Include:

• Sixteen semester (16) hours of biological sciences, including Microbiology with Lab, Immunology, Anatomy, and Genetics.
• Sixteen semester (16) hours of chemistry, including one 4-hour course in organic chemistry or biochemistry.
• One course in college level mathematics.
• Courses strongly recommended: Statistics, Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology and Management.

The content of the chemistry and biological science courses must be acceptable towards a major in those fields of study. Survey and remedial courses do not qualify as prerequisites.

For admission to the program, students are required to have earned a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and 2.8 GPA in science-related courses. A lower GPA or missing course may be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.

Updating Course Work:

Persons who have not been employed in a laboratory setting or who have been out of school for more than five (5) years must update their knowledge in biology before entering the medical technology program. Minimal requirement would be courses in Microbiology and Immunology. Courses must be at a level to apply towards a science major. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in each course in order to be considered.

Non-Academic Requirements:

Students must have the ability to perform essential MLS functions that include manual dexterity, fine motor skills, mobility, vision (ability to distinguish colors, clear from cloudy, and objects through a microscope), read and write in the English language, communicate with others, and operate a computer. See link for specific details.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student is required to sign a statement indicating that they have read and understand the essential functions for medical laboratory scientists. Student recruitment and admission shall be non-discriminatory in conformity with all equal Employment Opportunity laws.

International Student Requirements

Foreign Degrees:

Individuals who hold foreign baccalaureate degrees and who wish to enter the program must provide LMC School of Medical Technology with documentation that they are legally eligible for employment in the United States and must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

1. Student possess a foreign baccalaureate degree that includes courses that are required as prerequisites by the LMC School of Medical Technology and have those courses reviewed and evaluated by an agency approved by the Program (e.g., World Education Services, Inc.) Approved agencies are located on the ASCP website.
2. Student was admitted to an accredited graduate program in a United States college or university, whereby the college or university has accepted the foreign degree. However, the course work must meet the school requirements and is subject to review and evaluation by an agency approved by ASCP depending on the graduate work accomplished.

Important note: Students who have graduated from a foreign college/university with no prior U.S. college/university completed courses will be asked to complete at least 12 semester hours at a U.S. regionally accredited academic institution with a passing grade of C or above before admission to our Program. Courses taken will be determined by the Program Director and may include, but are not limited to Immunology, Microbiology with lab, Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Biochemistry.

Any applicant whose native language is other than English must take the TOEFL exam with an acceptable score of 100 (Internet based). Internet scores should include 23 or above on reading, 23 or above on listening; 23 or above on writing, and 26 or above on speaking.

Program Student Selection:

The Lexington Medical Center School of Medical Technology accepts up to 4 students each year. Students are evaluated in each area of the following admission criteria: overall GPA, science GPA, references, previous work experience, personal statement and personal interview. Interviews are by invitation only. The Admission Committee evaluates and selects the best qualified students for admission from among those who applied. Applications for admission will continue to be processed until the class has been filled. Student recruitment and admission shall be non-discriminatory in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. All applicants are considered equally without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, or disability.