The Medical Laboratory Science Program takes 12 months to complete, with an entry date in late June or early July; up to 12 students are admitted each year.
In addition, a class with an entry date in early January will be offered with a minimum of two students enrolling.
Tuition and Other Expenses
Tuition is $3,000 for the year and is payable in three installments as follows:
- $500.00 payable upon acceptance (non refundable),
- $1,000.00 payable upon enrollment (50% refunded if student withdraws within 6 weeks of enrollment, and
- $1,500.00 payable at the start of the Clinical Phase (non refundable).
Textbooks, as well as the apparel necessary to conform with the dress code, are available and must be purchased by the student.
Students are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and other personal expenses. Meals are available in the hospital cafeterias at reasonable cost.
Individual health insurance coverage is required. Those students that do not have health insurance may obtain it through the hospital's group plan at a moderate cost; all students are required to have coverage.
Upon acceptance into the program, all students must have a physical examination, a drug screening test and a background check prior to enrollment. Physical examination and other forms will be provided to be completed by the student and student's physician. Vaccination records must conform to the hospital vaccination requirements. All forms will be submitted to Employee Health prior to the scheduled screening exam. Additionally students will be fit tested for the N95 respirator by Employee Health.
Students can be treated for minor illnesses in The Medical Center's Employee Health Clinic during clinic hours. Medical expenses resulting from treatment other than that provided by the clinic must be paid by the student.
The minimum pass level for each course (both clinical and classroom, or didactic, courses) is a score of 80% of the total points allotted.
In the didactic courses, points include scores from weekly tests, practicals, a final exam, and a behavioral evaluation.
In the clinical courses, students may receive oral and written quizzes along with a practical examinations given periodically during the rotation or at the end of each "bench rotation" (usually weekly). At the end of each clinical rotation (or more often if needed), the section manager also completes a behavioral evaluation form on each student.
A computerized comprehensive examination takes place at the end of the program year. The grade for this comprehensive exam is included in the "Special Studies" grade of the clinical course and is recorded as Pass/Fail on the transcript. There is a marked correlation between the score on this exam and performance on the national certification exam administered by the ASCP.
Combined Degree Program
The program is affiliated with a number of area colleges and universities which offer a combined degree.
Students who for any reason desire to withdraw from the program are expected to discuss this with the program director or medical advisor and notify the program in writing. If withdrawal occurs within six weeks of enrollment, the student will not be counted as having enrolled. If withdrawal occurs after the six-week probationary period, the student will receive grades of "W" if passing, and "WF" if failing.