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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 on the Royal Oak campus, supervised by clinical instructors and bench technologists.

The program curriculum includes clinical rotations and activities in:

  • immunohematology - 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 - 1/2 week
  • case study or process improvement project
  • current topics in clinical education and laboratory operations

Student progress will be evaluated in each clinical rotation via written exams, practical exams, competency checklists and performance evaluations. Students must successfully complete each clinical rotation to satisfy the requirements of the program. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

Certification examinations

Upon successful completion of the clinical program, graduates 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

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