Medical Laboratory Scientists work with pathologists and other members of the healthcare team to diagnose and treat disease by performing and interpreting complex laboratory procedures.
Medical Laboratory Science is a challenging and continually changing field that offers opportunities for advancement within the clinical laboratory and growth into areas such as administration, research, business, education and computer technology.
The St. Vincent's School of Medical Laboratory Science has both academic and clinical practice components. The NAACLS accredited, Florida approved program provides graduates with the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify for examination by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification as Medical Laboratory Scientists. Upon certification, the graduate is also eligible for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in the State of Florida.
The curriculum includes 50 weeks of instruction with classes starting each year in January and late June. Each class has a maximum capacity of five students.
Class Start Date
May 15 – August 1
First week of January
November 15 – December 31
Last Week of June
* Application form, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation are required for a complete application.
** All application materials must be received and reviewed prior to a candidate being offered an interview.
Our program Student Handbook is provided to potential applicants at the time of their on-site, in-person interview.
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Application to the St. Vincent’s School of Medical Laboratory Science is competitive. We accept two starting classes per year, one beginning in January and the other at the end of June with a maximum of 5 students per class. Applications for each class are reviewed during the prescribed application period. We do not conduct rolling admissions or offer early decisions.
Initial applications consist of our online application, accessible from the panel to the right , transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and 3 letters of recommendation. All initial materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered. Incomplete applications will be held for consideration for the next session upon request.
3 Year review of Outcomes (as of June 2015 Graduating Class)
- Graduation Rate: 100%
- BOC Exam Pass Rate: 96% (1st attempt)
- Average BOC Score: 598
- National Average BOC Score: 496
To be eligible for admission into the program, a student must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Completion of all college/university requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology/ Medical Laboratory Science/ Clinical Laboratory Science, except for the credit conferred by the college/university for time spent in a Medical Laboratory Science Program. Included in the college/university course work must be:
- 16 credit hours of Chemistry (including Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry)
- 16 credit hours of Biology (including Microbiology with Lab and Immunology)
2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in a degree below that included the course requirements listed above.
- Health Sciences
- The courses below are strongly recommended.
- Genetics or Molecular Biology
- Statistics courses
Students spend 40 hours per week in the clinical laboratory and are assigned to all areas of the lab during their course of study. Through clinical rotation courses and lectures, students receive training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, Clinical Microscopy, Immunology and Immunohematology (blood banking).
The list of courses may change without notification. Courses include:
- Hematology I, II, & III
- Routine Chemistry I & II
- Special Chemistry
- Clinical Microscopy
- Microbiology I & II
- Mycology and Parasitology
- Immunohematology (Blood Bank)
- Laboratory Operations/ Management/ Education
Students perform actual laboratory tests using advanced instrumentation and techniques under the supervision of instructors licensed as medical technologists. Lecture courses are taught by St. Vincent's distinguished faculty of pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists.
Requirements for Graduation
To graduate from the program, a student is required to meet the entry-level competencies in each department of the clinical laboratory, complete all educational objectives and maintain a minimum grade of C in all subject areas.
This course provides the new student with an orientation to the laboratory and an introduction to laboratory safety, phlebotomy and specimen processing. Basic hematological principles and manual procedures are taught in the student laboratory.
Hematology II: Study of Anemia
This portion of the HEM II clinical rotation will provide training in the operation, preventive maintenance and quality control of automated hematology instrumentation and routine hematology procedures. An emphasis will be placed on the principles and procedures used to diagnose and differentiate the anemia, as well as in developing proficiency in the evaluation of peripheral blood smears.
Study of Coagulation
Upon completion of this area of study, the student will understand the theories of coagulation, accurately perform automated and manual techniques used in the study of coagulation and be able to correlate laboratory results with the evaluation of coagulation disorders.
This clinical rotation reinforces the skills learned in HEM I and HEM II and provides training in specialized hematological stains and procedures used in the diagnosis and differentiation of leukemia and other white blood cell disorders.
Students will become competent in the operation, preventive maintenance and quality control of sophisticated chemistry analyzers. Study will include the theories and principles that govern the operation of these automated chemistry analyzers including spectrophotometry, osmometry, ion selective electrodes, atomic absorption and blood gas analysis. Other topics will include enzymology and its use in the evaluation of cardiac, hepatic, pancreatic and prostate function, as well as renal function tests, electrolyte balance and glucose monitoring. The evaluation of routine chemistry data and the correlation of this data to the diagnosis of disease will be emphasized.
During this clinical rotation, students will become competent in the performance and interpretation of various electrophoretic techniques and the application of mathematical calculations in the clinical chemistry laboratory.
This course will teach students the principles and practice of chemical immunoassays, ion capture, chemiluminescence, radioimmunoassay, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and thin-layer chromatography. Therapeutic drug monitoring, thyroid testing, hepatitis testing and testing for drugs of abuse will be highlighted.
Students will learn the principles of the microscope and demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental processes involved in the formation of urine and demonstrate knowledge of the principles and procedures used in the evaluation of renal function. They will also be able to perform routine examinations on urine, cerebrospinal fluid, seminal fluid and synovial fluid.
Microbiology I and II
Upon completion of these two clinical rotations students will be proficient in processing patient samples, evaluating culture findings, identifying bacteria, fungi and acid fast organisms, performing and interpreting antibiotic susceptibility tests and carrying out quality control testing on media, reagents and equipment. Students will also gain the skills necessary to perform cell culture techniques, direct fluorescent antibody tests and EIA procedures to diagnose viral infections.
During the clinical rotation through the Transfusion Service, students receive training in ABO and Rh testing, antibody identification, compatibility testing and other specialized immune hematological procedures. Enrichment programs at The Blood Alliance supplement training received at St. Vincent’s.
Completion of this course allows students to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of immunology and of serological methods by performing and evaluating routine serological examinations including fluorescent microscopy techniques, enzyme immunosorbent assays, immunodiffusion methods and syphilis serology.
Mycology and Parasitology
Instruction will take place in the student laboratory setting and will concentrate on classifying fungi and the macroscopic and microscopic morphological characteristics used in their identification. Parasitology will emphasize the classification and identification of intestinal, blood and tissue parasites of man and the performance and evaluation of ova and parasite testing.
Goals, Essential Functions and Competencies
- To provide students with a strong curriculum in clinical laboratory sciences using a variety of educational methods, resources and experiences.
- To maintain the level and quality of instruction in the clinical laboratory through the inclusion of the latest technologies.
- To provide students with professional role models so they may develop the professional attitudes and ethics necessary for a career in medical technology.
- To instill students with the motivation to continue their professional development.
- To provide the community with graduate medical technologists who can function at a career entry level and who can advance into leadership positions in the clinical laboratory sciences.
The essential functions (technical standards) are the essential non-academic requirements of the program. These functional capabilities are required in order to successfully participate in the program.
The Medical Technology Student must be able to:
- Follow verbal and written instructions
- Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, laboratory staff and other health care professionals both verbally and in writing
- Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection
- Independently take examinations (written, practical, computer)
The Medical Technology Student must be able to:
- Move freely and safely around the laboratory
- Reach laboratory bench tops and shelves
- Reach patients (both lying and seated) and maneuver equipment for specimen collection
- Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing or sitting, over several hours
- Perform fine hand manipulations with dexterity
- Use a computer keyboard
The Medical Technology Student must be able to:
- Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print or on a video monitor
- Observe laboratory demonstrations
- Characterize the color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biologicals and laboratory chemicals/reagents
- Use a binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences
Upon acceptance into the program the student will be required to sign a statement documenting that they have read and understand the essential functions of a Medical Laboratory Science student.
CAREER ENTRY COMPETENCIES
Upon completion of the Program a graduate is expected to meet the following career entry competencies:
- Safely collect, handle, and process biological specimens for testing
- Accurately perform laboratory testing
- Analyze and interpret laboratory test data
- Recognize and identify problems, then take appropriate corrective action
- Monitor testing procedures, equipment and professional/technical competency using Quality Assurance methodologies
- Operate instrumentation properly, and perform appropriate preventive and corrective maintenance
- Adhere to all laboratory safety rules and regulations
- Use computers and laboratory software effectively
- Carry out the evaluation of new procedures and instruments
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in ones contact with patients, laboratory personnel and other healthcare professionals
- Maintain confidentiality of patient test results
- Apply principles of educational methodology
- Apply principles of management
St. Vincent's does not charge tuition, fees or expenses for the Medical Laboratory Science program. Primary textbooks are provided by the program; however students may elect to purchase optional texts and references. Students are responsible for their own living expenses, educational supplies, health insurance, and student liability insurance.
The student is responsible for acquiring their own housing accommodations. On campus housing may be available for students not from the North Florida region. A key deposit, paid to property management, is required before a student will be issued a key.
Students will be responsible for their own State of Florida Trainee License Registration, health insurance, liability insurance, certification examination fee and other personal expenses. These expenses are not made payable to St. Vincent's Medical Center nor are they reimbursable by St. Vincent's Medical Center. For students living in on-campus housing, the key deposit is refundable upon returning the key to property management.