The School of Medical Laboratory Science 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 St. Elizabeth Healthcare 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.
St. Elizabeth School of Medical Laboratory Science is currently affiliated with Miami University, Thomas More University, Western Kentucky University, and Purdue University. Students from affiliated universities may receive credit for courses completed at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and can apply for entrance into the St. Elizabeth School of Medical Laboratory Science. Students that have already obtained a baccalaureate degree may attend with an affiliated 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 early 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 and student laboratory are 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 laboratory classroom.
Students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, laboratory performance and professional behavior throughout the program year.
The MLS 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
With regard to NAACLS outcome measures, the program has a 100% pass rate on the ASCP Board of Certification exam, 100% graduation rate, 0% attritions rate (loss of failure to graduate) of students who began the final half of the program, and a 100% placement rate.
100% of the graduates of the MLS program found employment in the field, or were accepted into graduate school programs. 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 MLS 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 47, 400 to over $100,000 depending on experience, geographical location and level of responsibilities.
Upon completion of the St. Elizabeth School of Medical Laboratory Science Program, the medical laboratory scientist will have introductory competency in:
- Performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, and other emerging diagnostics.
- Understanding the relationship between laboratory test results and associated diseases as the basis of diagnostic testing.
- How to play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive problem solving.
- Their responsibility in areas of analysis and clinical decision making, regulatory compliance, education, quality assurance and performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed.
- The basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in communication and interaction with other healthcare members, external relations, customer service and patients.
- The 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.
- The basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in information management to enable effective, timely, accurate, and cost-effective reporting of laboratory generated information.
Within each discipline, specific course-related objectives will be addressed. Overall graduate competencies 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.