School of Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum
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. These are explained in further detail under Admission Requirements.
The 6.5 month (26 week) clinical program dates are as follows:
Orientation - second (or third) week of June
Clinical Rotations - last week of June through mid-December
Orientation - second week of December
Clinical Rotations - first week of January though third 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 teaching laboratory scientists.
The program courses and rotation lengths include:
- Immunohematology - 4 weeks
- Chemistry, Immunology, and Urinalysis - 6 weeks
- Hematology, Hemostasis, and Body Fluids - 5 weeks
- Microbiology, Virology, Mycobacteriology, and Mycology - 6 weeks
- Molecular Pathology - 1 week
- Flow Cytometry - 1 week
- Clinical Techniques (phlebotomy, point-of-care testing) - 1 week
- Projects (education and management)
Seminars and special activities on management, education, information systems, problem solving and professionalism round out the student's curriculum. 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.
Individuals enrolled through an affiliated university will receive credit as determined by the academic institution. Please refer to the specific university's course listing. Those with degrees receive a certificate of completion rather than academic credit.
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