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Parkview School of MLS: Admissions

The program typically admits 4-5 students and begins in July. 

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For more information on the admission requirements, process, and guidelines used in the selection of students, click on the information below:

Admission Procedure

Application Packet:
The first step in the process is to submit an application packet.  Application packets must be completed (postmarked) by December 31st. An application packet must include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • A total of three references:
    • 2-3 references from science instructors and/or advisors
    • one reference may be from an employer
  • The student's vaccination record, including:
    • Proof of Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination or immunity (titer).
    • Proof of chicken pox vaccination (Varicella zoster) or immunity (titer).  The student may provide medical documentation of having had the chicken pox in lieu of a titer.
    • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination, if it has been done.  If the student has not had the Hepatitis B vaccination, it will be offered to students accepted into the program by Parkview's Employee Health office at no charge to the student.  For additional information, contact the program director.
    • Proof of the meningococcal vaccine if it has been done.  If the student has not had the vaccine, it will be offered to students accepted into the program by Parkview's Employee Health office at no charge to the student.  For additional information, contact the program director.

Interview Process:

Once all portions of the application packet have been received, the packet will be reviewed by the admissions committee.  Based on information in the application, the applicant may be selected for an interview.  (Not all applicants will be interviewed if the applicant pool is large.  In this case, the application committee chooses students to interview based on the guidelines used in the selection of students.)  The program director will contact the applicant to schedule the date and time of the interview.

Final Selection of Students:

Once all applicants have been interviewed, the admissions committee will rank the applicants based on the guidelines used in the selection of students.  Acceptance letters will be mailed to the top 4-5 applicants in January.  Applicants have 10 days to notify the program of their decision to accept the position.  If all 4-5 positions are not filled, more acceptance letters will be mailed.  After all positions have been filled, the remaining applicants will be notified.  A list of alternates will also be chosen in the event that additional positions become open before the program begins in July.

Background Check, Drug Screen, and Physical Assessment:

All offers for a position in the MLS program are contingent upon passing a background check, drug screen, and physical assessment. Once the applicant has accepted a position in the program, the Parkview Human Resources Department will contact the applicant with instructions to complete these requirements.  Fees are required and are subject to change.  The current fee for the background check is $45.  The current fee for the drug screen is $35.  The drug screen must include a breathalyzer test.  The current fee for the breathalyzer test is $18.  The current fee for the physical assessment is $85. 

3rd party vendors perform the background check and drug screen.  These vendors will notify Parkview Human Resources and the Program Director as to whether or not the applicant has passed these requirements.  The applicant will be sent to an Occupation Medicine Clinic which provides services for Parkview Medical Center for the physical assessment of the essential functions for the program.  Once the Occupational Medicine Clinic has performed the assessment, the Clinic will notify the Program Director as to whether or not the student is cleared to start the program.   

PPD Test:
Accepted students will be required to have a PPD test done for tuberculosis by the Parkview Employee Health Nurse the week before the program begins.  If the PPD is positive, the student will follow the Employee Health Nurse's policy, which may include having a chest x-ray performed. 

Guidelines Used in the Selection of Students

An admissions committee composed of the Program Director, the Clinical Laboratory Educator, and additional clinical instructors selects the students.  The Committee selects students from completed applications based on the following:

  • Transcript GPA and Science GPA
  • Essay - applicant's reason for choosing the profession
  • Work experience relating to customer service, lab work, volunteer work
  • References
  • The interview
  • Applicant's personality and attitude and his/her goodness of fit for Parkview Medical Center.
  • Special consideration will be given to students interested in obtaining employment as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Parkview Medical Center

Parkview Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate against applicants based on race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or age.

Degree Requirements

The student must have completed their baccalaureate degree (B.S. or B.A.) prior to starting the medical laboratory science program.  A college degree is not required at the time of application, but the student must be eligible to complete the degree before the program begins in July. Completion of the program is not eligible for course credit at any college or university.

Foreign Applicants

Transcript Evaluation: Applicants basing his/her eligibility on a degree from a foreign university must submit a transcript evaluation by an evaluation agency. The agency must be acceptable to the ASCP Board of Certification. For more information contact the program director.

Academic Requirements:
Applicants with a degree in either Chemistry or Biology must meet the same course requirements listed for non-foreign students.

Applicants with a degree in either general studies or in a professional area must have a minimum of 80 academic semester hours or equivalent that are exclusive of any practical clinical component. The applicant must meet the same course requirements listed for non-foreign students.

Applicants must be admitted to an accredited graduate program in a United States college/university, which has accepted the foreign degree.

Minimum GPA

The student must have a minimum GPA (or calculated science GPA) of 2.8 based on a 4.0 scale.

Course Requirements

Chemistry:
16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours.  Organic/Biochemistry must be included. Each of these courses must have an accompanying laboratory session.

Biological Science:
16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours. The following courses are required:

  • Microbiology (Bacteriology)an accompanying laboratory session is required.
  • Immunology
  • Genetics (At CSU-Pueblo the equivalent is 350 and 351)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (At CSU-Pueblo 2 semesters are recommended)
  • Cellular Biology OR Vertebrate Physiology
  • A course that includes molecular testing with laboratory (May be included in Genetics, Microbiology, Cellular or Molecular Biology depending on the University)
Math:
  • Statistics is required
  • One course in college mathematics (College Algebra or higher) is also required.  Remedial mathematics will not satisfy this requirement.  High school courses that have been accepted by a college or university such as those with AP or IB credit may be accepted if approved by the program director.
Courses Highly Recommended but Not Required:
  • Medical (Pathological) Microbiology
  • Instrumental Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Parasitology
  • Management
  • Computers

Notes:
All required courses must be acceptable toward a major in that field or to a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science. Courses with a "D" will not count toward course requirements. If all course work requirements in Chemistry and Biology were completed seven (7) or more years before application, the applicant must take a course in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetics (350 and 351 at CSU-Pueblo) with a molecular laboratory component. If the student has worked in a laboratory that uses molecular testing in the last 7 years, then the requirement for Molecular Genetics with a laboratory component may be waived, at the discretion of the program director. For more information contact the program director.

Physical Requirements and Essential Functions

The Medical Laboratory Science student must be able to:
  • Meet the minimum physical requirements for a Medical Laboratory Science student:
    • stand and/or sit for up to 8 hours per day.
    • perform repetitive tasks and motions.
    • have good manual dexterity and the fine motor skills necessary for performing phlebotomy, handling specimens, operating instruments, and maintaining instruments.
    • move freely and safely around the laboratory and hospital including reaching laboratory bench tops and shelves, and reaching patients lying in hospital beds or seated in specimen collection chairs.
    • Life up to 45 pounds occasionally.
    • Identify exposures to hazards such as toxic/caustic chemicals, communicable diseases, blood and body fluids, and moving mechanical parts.
    • hear normal speaking voices on the bench, in lecture, and on the telephone.
    • hear alarms and telephones ringing.
    • see well enough to perform all required laboratory testing including reading and interpreting items like thermometers, results on computer screens, graphs, and instrument scales. Be able to use microscopes and make microscopic distinctions regarding formed elements and cells and allow for accurate depth perception.
    • accurately discern color.
  • Speak and comprehend the English language such that he/she can communicate effectively with instructors, patients, supervisors, coworkers, visitors, and other allied health workers on the telephone or in person.
  • Read and follow directions.  Give explanations to others as needed.
  • Manage his/her own time and systematize actions to complete assigned tasks in a specified time limit.  This includes effectively multitasking during bench work.
  • Adapt to professionals and technical change, as our laboratory is a dynamic environment.
  • Work safely with potentially hazardous materials, thus minimizing the risk of injury to self, patients, and others.
In addition, the Medical Laboratory Science student must possess:
  • the intellectual skills necessary for working in the clinical laboratory including comprehension, reasoning, analysis, comparison, self-expression, and mathematical skills.
  • recall ability adequate for functioning in the clinical laboratory.  For instance, after adequate demonstration, the student should be able to explain and operate an instrument correctly.
  • the physical and psychological stamina to work under pressure.

Due to the results of the physical assessment, the Occupational Medicine Clinic may refer the student to a specialist for hearing aid, eyeglasses, etc. and require that the student wear these aids in the laboratory in order to participate in the program.  The student will not be cleared to start the program until these required physical aids have been obtained.  Parkview reserves the right to remove the student from the laboratory and/or dismiss the student from the program if the student does not strictly adhere to the use of required aids. 

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Carl Swithers

Carl Swithers

Director of Laboratory
719.584.4430

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