Parkview School of MLS: Program Description
The program is 52 weeks long and begins in July. During this year, students spend roughly 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday) in the laboratory completing various learning activities in order to gain entry level competency as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Learning activities primarily consist of clinical instruction during department rotations, reading, exercises, and lectures.
Department Rotation Calender
Students begin the year with 1 week of orientation. Following orientation, students complete their first rotation through the following departments:
- Phlebotomy: 1 week
- Chemistry: 7 weeks (includes coagulation)
- Hematology: 5 weeks
- Urinalysis and Body Fluids: 3 weeks
- Microbiology: 7 weeks
- Blood Bank: 4 weeks
The order that each student progresses through the departments varies. A schedule of the rotation order for each student is developed at the beginning of the year, but is subject to change. Once a student has progressed through all 5 areas, the student completes a second rotation in each department:
- Chemistry: 6 weeks
- Hematology: 4 weeks
- Microbiology: 6 weeks (includes molecular testing)
- Blood Bank: 4 weeks
Students spend mornings in their assigned department, usually from 7AM-1:00 PM. The times vary occasionally during the clinical year in order to expose the student to a greater variety of clinical experiences. The program concludes with 2 weeks of review in all subjects.
Weekly Objectives, Reading, Homework, & Tests
In addition to practical work in the departments, students receive weekly units of instruction on subjects pertinent to the theory for that department. A unit of instruction includes a set of objectives, reading assignment, homework assignment, and test on a particular topic. Homework is usually due on Wednesday and the test is on Friday. The reading and homework is completed at home and may take anywhere from 6-10 hours of time per week.
In order for the student to obtain a better understanding of the theory for certain topics, lectures are also given throughout the course of the clinical year. Lectures are typically given Monday through Thursday from 1:30-3:30 PM, although this schedule varies occasionally.
Students that successfully complete the program are given a certificate and are eligible to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification. The issuing of this certificate is not contingent upon the student passing any certifying examination.
The Class of 2012 Graduation Party
From left to right: Students Andrew Abdella, Jessie McNeil, and Cambren Dowen, Clinical Laboratory Educator Jenney Mead, and students Melissa Wiler and Kelsi Kovacich