The School of Medical Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
5600 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880
Fax: (773) 714-8886
The mission of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare School of Medical Technology is to provide quality education in the subjects related to Medical Laboratory Science and to equip students with clinical experiences to aid in the knowledge and technical skills necessary for a profession in laboratory medicine.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine
St. Elizabeth Department of Laboratory Medicine is composed of several facilities. The laboratory is reflective of both regional immediate response laboratories, and laboratories that provide a greater number of services with more unique testing menus.
The laboratories at St. Elizabeth Healthcare are modern, cheerful and efficient with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Six pathologists, a large staff of medical technologists and other professional personnel provide 24-hour service for the hospital and community. Over one million laboratory tests are done at St. Elizabeth Healthcare each year. The laboratory also operates several community phlebotomy centers as part of its outreach program.
St. Elizabeth School of Medical Technology has been in operation since the 1950’s. Curriculum at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Medical Laboratory Science Program consists of an 11-month program of both didactic and supervised clinical training. Since 2009, the program has a 100% job placement rate and a 100% first time pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Certification examination.
The Medical Laboratory Science Program
The School of Medical Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). St. Elizabeth's program provides the graduating student the qualifications and resources to take the Board of Certification exam for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), or other similar certification exam.
Students from affiliated colleges/universities may receive credit for courses completed at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Students that have already obtained a baccalaureate degree may attend without an affiliated college or university provided that they meet the application requirements.
The school has the resources to handle a maximum of six students per year. Once accepted, applicants begin the program in late July.
The eleven-month program includes hospital/school orientation and clinical and didactic rotations. Students are exposed to a broad range of techniques, instrumentation and instructors.
The laboratory classroom is utilized by students for formal lectures, classroom clinical experience, and by the staff for continuing education. Reference materials, including audiovisual aids and computers are available in the laboratory and medical library.
Students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, laboratory performance and professional behavior throughout the program year.
The CLS program awards a certificate upon successful completion of the year. The certificate plus an appropriate baccalaureate degree allows the student to sit for a national certification examination. Granting of the certification is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.
Program Outcomes/Career Outlook
Since 2009, St Elizabeth School of Medical Technology has a 100% job placement rate and maintains a 100% first time pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Certification examination.
100% of the graduates of the CLS program have found employment in the field. Most clinical laboratory scientists are employed in a hospital setting. They may choose to perform testing in all areas of the laboratory as a generalist or specialize in one area such as Microbiology. With experience, advanced certification is available. Laboratory management and CLS education are also potential career paths.
The knowledge and skills of the clinical laboratory scientist are valued by other employers such as those in research, forensics, physician office laboratories, veterinary laboratories, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, other industries and sales and service of laboratory equipment and supplies.
There is a critical shortage of certified clinical laboratory scientists and the demand is only increasing each year as new tests are developed and those currently working in the field retire. Salaries can range from $37,000 to over $100,000 depending on experience, geographical location and level of responsibilities.
Program Goals and Objectives
Goals: Upon completion of the St. Elizabeth School of Medical Technology Program, the medical technologist will:
- Be proficient in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, and other emerging diagnostics
- Play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive problem solving
- Be responsible in areas of analysis and clinical decision making, regulatory compliance, education, quality assurance and performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed
- Possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in communication and interaction with other healthcare members, external relations, customer service and patients
- Possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience of financial operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective, high quality, value added laboratory services
- Possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in information management to enable effective, timely, accurate, and cost-effective reporting of laboratory generated information
- Possess basic knowledge, skill and relevant experience for research/design practices sufficient to evaluate published studies as an informed consumer
Objectives: Within each discipline, specific course-related objectives will be addressed. Overall program objectives are outlined below:
- Develop and establish procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances
- Perform analytical tests of body fluids, cells, and other substances
- Integrate and relate data generated by the various clinical laboratory departments while making decisions regarding possible discrepancies
- Confirm abnormal results, verify and execute quality control procedures, and develop solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data
- Make decisions concerning the results of quality control and quality assurance measures, and institute proper procedures to maintain accuracy and precision
- Establish and perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identify appropriate sources for repairs
- Develop, evaluate, and select new techniques, instruments and methods in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratory’s personnel, equipment, space and budgetary resources
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals and the public
- Establish and maintain continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence
- Provide leadership in education of other health personnel and the community
- Exercise principles of management, safety and supervision
- Apply principles of educational methodology
- Apply principles of current information systems
Course Description and Program Schedule:
The eleven month program includes one week of hospital/school orientation and one week in phlebotomy. Clinical rotations are taught by formal lectures and clinical demonstrations. Students are given written exams in each clinical rotation during lecture periods and while in the clinical field.
The clinical rotations are as follows:
Microbiology — Twelve Weeks includes Clinical Training
Basic principles of medical bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology and mycobacteriology are covered. Experience in safely culturing and identifying microorganisms and conducting antibiotic sensitivity testing is provided. Students will receive lectures covering Microbiology materials concurrent with the clinical experience.
Clinical Chemistry-Seven Weeks of Lectures – Four Weeks of Clinical Training
Qualitatively and quantitatively analyze blood and other body fluids for chemical constituents such as proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, electrolytes, and therapeutic drugs. A wide range of sophisticated instrumentation is utilized during clinical rotations. The Chemistry lecture series is given with Hematology lectures. The four weeks of clinical learning will occur at the conclusion of lectures in each rotation.
Hematology — Seven Weeks of Lectures – Four Weeks of Clinical Training
Development of skills needed to perform manual cell counting, electronic cell counting, and hemoglobinometry. The ability to differentiate White Blood Cells and Red Blood Cell Morphology of peripheral blood and bone marrow cells are studied. The Hematology series of lectures are given with the Chemistry lectures. The four weeks of clinical learning will occur at the conclusion of lectures in each rotation.
Immunohematology — Six Weeks Combined Lecture & Classroom Exercise - One Week Clinical Training
Theory and practice of procedures related to the selection of donors, antigen and antibody identification, compatibility testing, blood processing, and component therapy are covered. Experience in pre-natal and post-natal testing is also provided. Most of the clinical experience is provided in our student laboratory. However, a week of direct field experience will occur after all clinical rotations lectures are complete.
Urinalysis — Two Weeks Lecture – One Week Clinical Training
Students will gain information and experience in the physical, chemical, and microscopic analysis of urine. The Urinalysis lectures are given with another lecture series. The one week of clinical learning will occur at the conclusion of lectures in each rotation.
Molecular Techniques - One Week of Lectures – One Day of Clinical Observation
Rotation will include molecular theory and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Molecular lectures are given with another lecture series. The one day of clinical observation will occur at the conclusion of lectures in each rotation. March 11 – 17, 2014
Serology — Two Weeks of Lectures – One Week Clinical Training
Theory and practice of precipitation, agglutination, complement fixation, hemagglutination inhibition testing, and fluorescent microscopy for the diagnosis of diseases such as syphilis, infectious mononucleosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Serology lectures are given with another lecture series. The one week of clinical learning will occur at the conclusion of lectures in each rotation.
Coagulation: Two Weeks of Lecture – One Week of Clinical Training
Students obtain knowledge as to the coagulation cascade and bleeding disorders that may develop in the coagulation system The Coagulation Lectures are provided with another lecture series. The one week of clinical learning will occur at the conclusion of lectures in each rotation.
Management (Lab Operations): One Week
Students will be given information regarding management within a Clinical Laboratory. This includes budgeting, accreditation, education and communication, interview process, human resource management, safety, quality assurance and improvement, ethics and professionalism, decision making, performance improvement, healthcare delivery system, and federal laws impacting healthcare. Some topics of Management may be included within other rotations.
Toxicology: One Lecture Day – One day of Observation
Students will be given information concerning drugs of abuse and testing methods used to detect them. Two days of observation in the Toxicology Clinical Laboratory will then be provided. Clinical observation time occurs at the completion of the lectures for the program.
As part of the Med Tech program, students will be trained to obtain blood specimens through venipuncture and capillary skin puncture. After basic phlebotomy techniques are introduced during orientation, students work to develop their skills by observing and performing phlebotomy for a minimum of 10 attempted sticks.
Individuals with prior phlebotomy experience may be excused from this rotation if competency can be accessed and the student receives approval from the Program Director.
After demonstrating proficiency, the student may be allowed to assume a position as a phlebotomist/lab tech within the Medical Center. Employment is not mandatory to fulfill academic requirements and the paid position hours must be outside of the regular academic hours and are subject to limitations by the discretion of the Program Director.
Clinical Training – Three Months
At the conclusion of all lectures, students begin rotating through each department (excluding microbiology which includes clinical training). Students are exposed to a variety of medical laboratory practices, such as quality control and interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication. Students observe the correlation of medical laboratory results with medical conditions. This three month period also further emphasizes student’s critical thinking skills and classroom developed concepts and practices. To assist in this process, each week students present case study materials to their colleagues and provide dialogue. Clinical training is also the period when all materials are reviewed.
Department Rotations Also Include
Each department, when appropriate, will highlight quality assurance and improvement, safety, communication and team building, and ethics and professionalism. Also, each area of the curriculum, during clinical rotations, emphasizes pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical components of laboratory services.
Student hours vary by course and clinical department. Lectures are typically given Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm. Clinical rotations have a typical start time of 7am. Variances in schedules are determined by workload.
Students will be given instruction over materials before entering the clinical department. In some cases the student will receive an entire course of material before entering the clinical field. This is to aid in the student’s understanding and assist in the development of critical thinking skill necessary for the student to transition into a Clinical Scientist.
Instruction in basic management and education principles is also provided. The curriculum is constantly updated and revised in order to keep pace with the technology and the changing role of the medical technologist.
Written and practical examinations are given at frequent intervals both in the classroom and clinical areas. Performance evaluations are completed by the staff. Students are requested to complete department evaluations in order to assist in the developing our program.
At the end of the eleven months of training, a final comprehensive examination is given to each student. This test is a tool used to prepare the student for the Medical Technology Certification Examination and to help monitor the effectiveness of the training the student has received.
A student accepted into the St. Elizabeth Healthcare School of Medical Technology is classified as a temporary associate of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. St. Elizabeth is committed to equal opportunity in all employment practices and will not discriminate, retaliate, or limit in any way that which could deprive an individual of employment opportunities because of sex, race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, age or disability. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, St. Elizabeth does not discriminate against ‘qualified’ individuals with physical or mental disabilities with regard to applications, hiring, training or other conditions or privileges of employment. A qualified individual is one who can perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations. Essential functions for the St. Elizabeth Healthcare School of Medical Technology are outlined below:
- Collect quality samples according to laboratory policies and procedures for the accurate and timely completion of testing.
- Perform analytical tests on blood, body fluids, tissues, etc. to obtain results needed for patient care.
- Handle blood and body fluid specimens according to standard operating procedure to ensure that the specimens that reach the lab are in the best possible condition.
- Clean, organize, and stock lab work stations so work can be performed in a safe and orderly manner.
- Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biologicals (e.g. body fluids, culture materials, tissue sections, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, microbiological, and immunologic components.
- Characterize the color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
- Distinguish and identify objects macroscopically.
- Utilize a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural differences of microscopic specimens.
- Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a video/computer monitor.
Movement /Physical Requirements
- Move freely and safely about a laboratory.
- Reach laboratory bench tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients in a sitting position.
- Travel between St. Elizabeth Healthcare facilities for practical experience.
- Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting or standing.
- Maneuver phlebotomy and specimen collection equipment to safely collect valid laboratory samples from both inpatients and outpatients.
- Perform delicate manipulations on specimens (e.g. pipetting, inoculating), patients (digital identification of veins) and instruments (adjusting, calibrating) in performing laboratory procedures.
- Interact with computer terminals and keyboards, requiring interpretation of visual aspects on the screen, repetitive hand movements and finger dexterity to calculate, record, evaluate and transmit laboratory information.
- Read and comprehend technical and professional materials (e.g. textbooks, magazines, journal articles, handbooks and instruction manuals).
- Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures.
- Clearly instruct patients on specimen collection requirements to ensure appropriate collections.
- Effectively, confidentially, and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
- Evaluate the performance of fellow students, staff and healthcare professionals verbally and in a recorded format (writing, typing, graphics or telecommunications).
- Use computer software (word processor, spreadsheet, database, information systems), the Internet and the World Wide Web for communication, education and professional purposes.
- Independently prepare papers and laboratory reports.
- Complete examinations provided, whether on paper, computer or laboratory practical format.
- Possess these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self-expression and criticism.
- Be able to solve problems and think critically.
- Exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.
- Critically evaluate her or his own performance, accept constructive criticism and look for ways to improve performance.
- Dress to project a neat, well-groomed, professional appearance.
- Behave in a professional manner toward fellow students, faculty and patients.
- Manage the use of time in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
- Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
- Provide professional and technical services while experiencing emotional or stressful situations, (emotional patients, work under time constraints), emergent demands (e.g. "stat" test orders), and a distracting environment (e.g. high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
- Be flexible and creative and adapt to environmental, professional and technical change.
- Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment and situations, and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self and nearby individuals.
- Adapt to working with potentially offensive specimens, chemicals and biologicals.
- Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals.
- Help foster a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving, and patient care.
- Be honest, compassionate, ethical, responsible and respectful of others, and possess integrity, dependability, accountability, interest and motivation.
- Be forthright about errors or uncertainty.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients we serve within the community.
Applicants must be able to read and demonstrate written and oral proficiency in the English Language. Documentation of scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Based on the requirements established by the National Certification Agency for Clinical Laboratory Scientists, the minimum score is 540 for a paper-based test, 207 for a computer-based test. Scores from similar agencies may be considered.
Individuals who possess a foreign baccalaureate degree must submit an official transcript of all college grades to be reviewed by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agency. A list of acceptable agencies may be obtained by writing to the following address:
American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Tuition and Fees
While enrolled in the program, the student shall be responsible for all tuition, professional insurance, books, housing, room and board, fees and clothing expenses. Tuition cost is five thousand ($5000.00) for the year. The remaining responsibilities vary in cost.
Payment Timeline and Designation
Half of the tuition payment ($2500) is due to the program within five (5) months of the student’s starting date; the remaining amount ($2500) is due no less than ninety (90) days before program completion - unless other arrangements are agreed upon by the Program Director. All checks are made payable to “St. Elizabeth” and are to be presented to the Program Director.
Failure to Make Payment
Failure to make payment within the herein described timeline, on owing tuition, may result in removal from the program. In such cases, all monies received will be non-refundable. A certificate of completion and transcript will not be generated for any student who fails to make full payment.
St. Elizabeth School of Medical Technology students are entitled to a 100% refund of their (St. E) tuition charges if attendance is dropped (registration canceled) before or after the first month of the program. Students will receive a 75% refund of charges if all classes are dropped by the third month of the program and a 50% refund after the fifth month of the program. If registration is dropped after the sixth month, no tuition refund is issued. Student College/University refunds may vary. This policy does not reflect the refund procedure for individual universities. Refunds are made according to percent of total cost, and not what has been provided by the student or by the university. If St. Elizabeth has received no tuition payment at time of canceling of registration, no refunded will be granted even if the student has paid in full to the College or University.
No Refund when
No refund will be made if the student is terminated from the program. No refund will be made if the student’s withdrawal occurs while student is on academic probation. No refund will be made if the student is being considered for termination for any reason including, but not limited to, academic or disciplinary concerns. In summary, student must be in good standing for refund to occur.
Student Voluntary Withdraw
A student may voluntarily withdraw from the program at any point during the year, upon two (2) weeks advance notice given to the Program Director. Prior to the decision to withdraw, the student will be counseled by the Program Director on the consequences of this action. After this discussion, if the student still decides to withdraw from the program, he/she must submit their resignation in writing within one week of verbal notification, at which time it is then placed in his/her student file. A certificate of completion will not be issued to any student who fails to complete the program. Tuition reimbursement will (or will not) be distributed as described in this Handbook.
Tuition Assistance Program Information
St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to be able to offer tuition assistance to eligible employees. Please contact Lisa Luken at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on tuition assistance programs or to request any of the following:
- St. Elizabeth Tuition Assistance Descriptions
- St. Elizabeth Tuition Assistance FAQ
- College Nursing Student Application
- College Student Tuition Assistance Guidelines
- Minority RN Application
- High School Nursing Student Application
- High School Nursing Student Guidelines
- Gateway Community and Tech. Application
- Thomas More Tuition Assistance Guidelines
- Thomas More Application for Tuition Assistance
St. Elizabeth Healthcare will not discriminate against any student because of age, sex, race, creed, physical challenges, or national origin. However, only those students who have earned a "C" or better in each of the following academic prerequisites will be considered. All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to admission into the program.
The following requirements reflect the board certification exam requirements and will change should those qualifications become altered.
- 16 semester (24 quarter) hours in chemistry which includes organic or biochemistry. The organic or biochemistry should include a lab.
- 16 semester (24 quarter) hours in biology which includes immunology and a full course in microbiology. The microbiology must include a lab. The immunology may be a separate course or included as part of a microbiology course.
- One course in college level mathematics. Statistics is recommended.
Other recommended courses include quantitative analysis, physical chemistry, instrumentation, genetics, basic computer science, advanced microbiology, introduction to education and basic management principles. Immunology as a separate course is strongly recommended.
Individuals who meet academic requirements seven or more years before application should update their academic preparation by taking an upper level collegiate course, preferably in Chemistry or upper level Biology course applicable toward a major in Medical Technology. It may also be necessary to meet with an academic advisor at an affiliated college to discuss the transfer of credits.
The minimum overall GPA requirement is 2.8 on a 4.0 quality scale.
The student is required to submit current/final transcripts prior to the start date of the program for the application file to be complete. Final transcripts must meet or exceed the above criteria and could affect acceptance into the program.
The non-academic criteria or technical standards (as defined by NAACLS) which all Medical Technology School applicants are expected to meet are the following:
- Applicants must be able to read and demonstrate written and oral proficiency in the English language. Documentation of scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Based on the requirements established by the National Certification Agency for Clinical Laboratory Scientists, the minimum score is 540 for a paper-based test, 207 for a computer-based test.
- Applicants must be able to use a microscope and distinguish between cellular components and microorganisms.
- Applicants must have sufficient motor skills to be able to perform basic tests and diagnostic procedures in the clinical laboratory. Also, they must be able to travel throughout the St. Elizabeth facilities to collect patient blood samples.
- Applicants must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, assess non-verbal communications and be able to effectively and efficiently convey information to patients, fellow students, faculty, lab staff and all members of the health care team.
- Applicants must be able to work quickly and accurately, as a team member and individually, under stressful conditions. They must be able to think logically in these situations and correlate information in order to solve problems.
- Applicants must be able to follow direction, organize their departmental work and exercise independent judgment while assuming responsibility for all their tasks and results.
- Applicants must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities.
- Applicants should possess the following personal qualities: compassion, respect for others, integrity, honesty, dependability, accountability, interest and motivation.
To apply, complete an application form and mail directly to:
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, School of Medical Technology
ATTN: Laboratory, Heather Ford
1 Medical Village Drive
Edgewood, KY 41017
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Include an official transcript of all colleges attended, a list of courses in progress and those planned, and three letters of recommendation from academic sources. In addition, a writing sample covering the topic “Why I want to be a Clinical Laboratory Scientist” is required.
Files must be complete before November 7th for consideration for the next class. Applications received after that date will only be considered if space permits; otherwise they will be held and considered for the following year.
Students should be in good health before beginning the program. The hospital will provide each applicant admitted to the school with a complete physical examination and determine if the student’s health will permit them to meet the standards of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. A student's acceptance into the program is contingent upon their completion of the physical examination which includes a drug screen.
Student selection process involves evaluating the documents submitted and a personal interview with a selected group of Student Representatives.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare Medical Laboratory Science Program is headed by the Program Director, Heather Ford, BS, MT (ASCP), who undertakes the application and interview process, and assures that the quality standards for accreditation are met within the delivery of student instruction. Additionally, the Program Director is responsible for teaching courses, conducting and managing learning experiences, evaluating student achievement, providing input into curriculum development, formulating policies and procedures, evaluating program effectiveness, scheduling of rotations, organization and compilation of exams and objectives, and maintaining contact with the student representatives and the students. Heather Ford may be reached at: (859)301-9489; email@example.com
Academic Review Board Members
The Academic Review Board consists of administrative personnel who serve as advisors for the Program. The Medical Director of the Laboratory, Program Director, System Director of the Laboratory, Facility or specialty Director of the Laboratory, a lead technologist, and an involved Certified Lab Member, head this committee. The ARB meet to discuss individual students and to give input on the program/curriculum to assist in maintaining current relevancy and effectiveness.
The student representatives are a team of Medical Technologist who organize and implement the didactic and clinical instruction of the students within the departments. The representatives are liaisons between the Program Director and the departmental personnel with the responsibility to schedule lectures and clinical rotation activities. Representatives also teach courses, supervise applied laboratory learning experiences, evaluate student achievement, develop curriculum, formulate policy and procedures, and evaluate program effectiveness. They are comprised of Medical Technologists (ASCP) or they may be a Supervisor, Lead Tech, or an expert in their department.
For a full listing of all terms and conditions, please click here to download the MLS Student Handbook.