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Medical Laboratory Science - 44 Week Program

The Beaumont School of Medical Laboratory Science was established in 1966 and has graduated more than 500 students to date. The School is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Under this accreditation, the school expanded its clinical training program offerings in response to the high demand for certified, technical staff in the clinical laboratory profession. The new program is outlined below. 

  • New in January 2022
  • This 44-week clinical laboratory education program is designed for post-baccalaureate, non-MLS degree candidates. The inaugural class began in January 2022. 
  • Class Size: The 44-week program accepts 18-20 students per class.

    The program consists of daily full-time interactive lecture series in the first half (approximately 21 weeks) followed by clinical laboratory rotations in the second half (approximately 22 weeks). The first week is dedicated to program Orientation.

    Clinical rotations will be conducted at the Beaumont Laboratory campuses in Dearborn, Farmington, Grosse Pointe, Troy, Taylor, Trenton and Wayne. Students will spend 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, in the clinical laboratory receiving lecture, demonstration, observation and hands-on practice at a student or live clinical bench. Under the supervision of faculty or teaching technologists, students have opportunities to work with state-of-the-art biomedical instrumentation and a diverse collection of clinical specimens.

    Students must be highly motivated, self-directed learners with strong study skills who will be able to commit to the rigorous 44-week program. 

    Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for the Medical Laboratory Scientist certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification and seek employment in numerous clinical laboratory disciplines.

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


    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. In addition, we strive to retain excellent graduates for employment and promotion at Beaumont. 

    More specifically, the Beaumont School of Medical Laboratory Science is committed to providing students:

    • An education program in accordance with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Standards for Medical Laboratory Science.
    • Educational experiences in the application of theory and ethical practice of clinical laboratory science that will prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills and professional attitudes to become proficient, certified members of the health care team.
    • Career-entry competencies in clinical laboratory testing, quality assurance, and professionalism.
    • An introduction to topics in clinical education methodology and laboratory operations.

      Program goals

      The program’s goals are to graduate individuals who will:

      • pass the national certification examination to enter professional practice
      • be competent, entry-level laboratory professionals
      • support and promote 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 all patient populations
      • 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, the graduating student will be expected to demonstrate:

      • entry-level competency to perform the full range of clinical 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, problem-solve, troubleshoot and evaluate clinical procedures and laboratory test results including the use of statistical methods to evaluate data.
      • compliance with safety and government regulations and standards as applied to clinical 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 principles and practice of administration, personnel management, quality assurance, process improvement, patient safety activities, and financial resource management within the clinical laboratory setting.
      • skills in education methodology principles to appropriately instruct peers, consumers and providers of laboratory services and an appreciation of the importance of continuing professional development.

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