Professional Education

Program Description

MLS Program

The Beaumont School of Medical Laboratory Science was established in 1966. It has graduated more than 400 students to date.

The School of Medical Laboratory Science was awarded continuing accreditation for ten years on April, 30, 2017 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. This accreditation will continue until April 30, 2027 with a site visit during the fall of 2026.

The School’s accreditation enables any student who successfully completes the requirements of the clinical program to apply for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) under the Route 1 option.


Program mission

The primary mission of the School of Medical Laboratory Science is to provide a clinical educational program of merit and thoroughness which reflects the high standards of patient care established at Beaumont.

More specifically, the Beaumont School of Medical Laboratory Science will

  • provide instruction in the application of theory and ethical practice of clinical laboratory science
  • prepare baccalaureate level graduates in accordance with the career entry description in the Standards of Accredited Educational Programs for the Medical Laboratory Scientist, provided by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), as well as the current certification content of the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC)
  • provide clinical laboratory experiences for students to become competent members of the health care team and to recognize their responsibility and importance in that role
  • provide educational activities that allow students to enhance their skills and knowledge in planning, delivering, and evaluating effective instruction to other healthcare personnel
  • provide educational activities that allow students to enhance their skills and knowledge of quality assurance, performance improvement, laboratory operations, and information technology
  • promote professional continuing education in medical laboratory science by encouraging graduates to seek opportunities that will enable them to contribute and develop into proficient professionals

Program goals

The program’s goals are to graduate individuals who

  • are competent, entry-level laboratory professionals
  • own and energize the Beaumont Values of Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence
  • recognize the role of the medical laboratory scientist in the assurance of high quality, efficient, and accessible health care services to patients
  •  possess a commitment to continuing medical laboratory education
  • contribute to the improvement of laboratory services and processes to meet the challenges of the changing health care environment

Learning outcomes

Upon program completion, students will be expected to demonstrate

  • entry-level competency to perform laboratory testing in a state-of-the art clinical laboratory. This includes pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical components of laboratory services in the disciplines of chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, molecular pathology, urinalysis & body fluid analysis and point-of-care testing.  
  • entry-level competency to interpret and problem-solve laboratory test results and utilize statistical methods to evaluate data, when necessary.
  • the application of safety and government regulations and standards as applied to medical  laboratory practice, including competency assessment and proficiency testing.
  • professional conduct that includes respecting the confidentiality, privacy, and diversity among patients and the healthcare team as well as displaying appropriate composure under stressful conditions.
  • appropriate skills to communicate laboratory test information to the healthcare team, patients and the public. 
  • basic knowledge of laboratory operations including the practice of administration, personnel management, quality assurance, patient safety, and financial resource management.
  • ability in education methodology principles to appropriately instruct consumers and providers of laboratory services and to appreciate the importance of continuing professional development.
  • LEAN and Kaizen principles in regards to quality assurance, performance improvement and patient safety activities within the clinical setting.


Sources

  • Beaumont MLS Program Faculty Expectations, February, 2016
  • MLS competencies from the NAACLS Standards for Accredited and Approved Programs – MLS Standard VIII Matrix, October, 2015

The school is supported by the Beaumont Laboratory Department of Clinical Pathology located on the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak campus. The Clinical Pathology department is comprised of several laboratory sections: Automated Chemistry/Immunology, Special Testing (Manual Chemistry/Immunology, Toxicology, and Trace Metals), Transfusion Medicine, Hematology and Hemostasis, Microbiology, Virology,  Molecular  Pathology, Flow Cytometry and Ancillary Testing. The staff consists of board-certified pathologists, physicians, Ph.D.s, certified medical laboratory scientists, technicians, phlebotomists and assistants.

The School of Medical Laboratory Science currently accepts sixteen (16) students a year. The program structure is a fast-paced 6.5 month (26 week) program that accepts 8 students in a summer session (beginning mid-June / early-July) and 8 students in a winter session (beginning mid-December / early-January). Students will spend 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, in the clinical laboratory receiving demonstration, observation, hands-on practice and lectures at the bench.

Under the supervision of faculty or teaching technologists, students have opportunities to work with and practice on state-of-the-art biomedical instrumentation and clinical specimens. Students frequently participate in unique and advanced learning situations including professional seminars, problem solving, case studies and special projects.

Service work performed by students in clinical settings outside of program hours is non-compulsory.


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