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The Beaumont School of Medical Laboratory Science is a very fast-paced, rigorous clinical program. Students must be able to apply their university preparation to the actual clinical setting in one of the nation's busiest clinical laboratories.

In preparation for this experience, admitted students will be required to complete a written assignment titled "Pre-Orientation Clinical Competencies" which will be due the first day of program orientation.

The 6.5 month (26 week) clinical program dates are as follows:

Summer Class
Orientation - second (or third) week of June
Clinical Rotations - last week of June (or first week of July) through mid-December

Winter Class
Orientation - second week of December (or first week of January)
Clinical Rotations - first (or second) week of January though third (or fourth) week of June

On a typical day, the student schedule is from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday. Each day is spent in an assigned Clinical Pathology laboratory section, supervised by clinical instructors and bench technologists.

The program courses and rotation lengths include

  • immunohematology - 4.5 weeks
  • chemistry, immunology, and urinalysis - 6 weeks
  • hematology, hemostasis, body fluids and flow cytometry - 6 weeks
  • microbiology, virology, mycobacteriology, and mycology - 6 weeks
  • molecular pathology - 1 week
  • clinical techniques (phlebotomy, point-of-care testing, patient safety/quality assurance) - 1 week
  • case Study
  • Process Improvement project

Seminars and/or special activities on management, education, process improvement, quality assurance, problem solving and professionalism are included in the curriculum to round out the student's clinical experience and entry-level, career competency.  Student progress will be evaluated in each course by written quizzes and exams, practical exams, competency checklists and performance evaluations. Students must successfully complete each laboratory course to satisfy the requirements of the program. Upon completion of the clinical internship program, graduates receive a certificate of completion.

Certification examinations

Upon completion of the clinical internship program, students are eligible to take a national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).

The following organization administers the MLS certification examination

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
33. W. Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, Il 60603
Phone: 312-541-4999
Fax: 312-541-4998

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