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Parkview School of MLS: Admissions

The program typically admits 4 students in July and a second cohort of up to 4 students in January (starting January 2023).

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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:

All application materials must be completed (postmarked) by December 31st for the July cohort and by July 31st for the January cohort to be accepted. All of the following items are required as part of the application packet, but may be submitted separately:

  • A completed application form
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Must be sent to the program directly from the college/university registrar
    • May be via email or USPS
  • A total of three references: 
    • At least two references MUST be from science instructors and/or advisors
    • One reference may be from an employer

Interview Process:

Once all portions of the application packet have been received, the packet will be reviewed. Based on information in the application, the applicant may be selected for an interview. Not all applicants will be interviewed. 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 an interview.

Final Selection of Students:

Once all interviews are completed, the admissions committee will rank the applicants based on the guidelines used in the selection of students. Acceptance letters will be emailed to the top 4 applicants in January for the July cohort and in August for the January cohort. Applicants have 3 days to notify the program director of their decision to accept or decline the position in writing. If no response is received at the end of three days, it will be assumed that the applicant declined the position. If all positions are not filled, more acceptance letters will be sent. After all positions have been filled, the remaining applicants will be notified that the cohort is full. A list of alternates may also be chosen in the event that positions become available before each cohort begins.

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.

Third party vendors perform the background check and drug screen. These vendors will notify Parkview Human Resources as to whether or not the applicant has passed these requirements. The applicant is welcome to utilize the Parkview Medical Group Rapid Care Clinic for the physical assessment requirement for the program. The current fee for the physical assessment at this site is $35. Once the assessment is performed, the clinic will email or fax the required documentation to the Program Director as to whether or not the student is cleared to start the program.


T-Spot Test:
Accepted students will be required to have a T-spot test done for tuberculosis by Parkview Health System before the program begins. If the T-spot is positive, the student will follow the Parkview’s Employee Health policy, which may include having a chest x-ray performed.

Vaccination Record:

Upon acceptance to the program, the student must submit a complete vaccination record. The vaccination record must include:

  • 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 meningococcal vaccination 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.

Guidelines Used in the Selection of Students

The admissions committee selects applicants from completed applications based on the following:

  • Transcript GPA and Science GPA (calculated by the program director)
  • Application essay (the applicant's reason for choosing the profession)
  • Work experience relating to customer service, lab work, and volunteer work
  • References
  • The interview
  • Applicant's personality and attitude and his/her goodness of fit for Parkview Health System
  • Special consideration will be given to students interested in obtaining employment as an MLS at Parkview

Parkview Health System 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 prior to starting the medical laboratory science program. A college degree is not required at the time of application, but the student must 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 with a degree from a foreign university (non-United States) must submit a transcript evaluation by an evaluation agency that is acceptable to the ASCP Board of Certification. For more information contact the program director.

 Academic Requirements:
Applicants must meet the same course requirements as those listed for non-foreign students.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.

 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

Prior to starting the program, the student must have the following:

 Chemistry:
16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) including:

  • Two semesters of general chemistry, each with a laboratory component
  • Organic and/or biochemistry, including a laboratory component

 Biological Science:
16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) including:

  • General Microbiology with a laboratory component
  • Immunology
  • Genetics (At CSU-Pueblo 350 and 351)
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cellular Biology OR Vertebrate Physiology
  • A course that includes a laboratory with molecular testing (May be included in Genetics, Microbiology, Cellular or Molecular Biology depending on the University)

Math:

  • Statistics
  • One course in college mathematics (college algebra or higher). 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:

  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumental Chemistry
  • Management
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Physics
  • Quantitative Analysis

Notes:

  • All required courses must be acceptable toward a major in that field or to a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science. To count toward the course requirement, a grade of C or better must be obtained.
  • If all course requirements in Chemistry and Biology were completed seven or more years before application, the applicant must take a course in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetics, as well as a course that includes a laboratory with molecular testing. If the student has worked in a laboratory that uses molecular testing in the last 7 years, then the requirement for a laboratory with molecular testing 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:

 i. 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 benchtops and shelves, and reaching patients lying in hospital beds or seated in specimen collection chairs.
  • Lift 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.
  • Be able to accurately discern color.

ii.            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.

iii.            Read and follow directions. Give explanations to others as needed.

iv.            Manage his/her own time and systematize actions to complete assigned tasks in a specified time limit. This includes effectively multi-tasking during bench work.

v.            Adapt to professionals and technical change, as our laboratory is a dynamic environment.

vi.            Work safely with potentially hazardous materials, thus minimizing the risk of injury to self, patients, or others.

In addition, the medical laboratory science student must possess:

vii.            The intellectual skills necessary for working in the clinical laboratory including comprehension, reasoning, analysis, comparison, self-expression, and mathematical skills.

viii.            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.

ix.            The physical and psychological stamina to work under pressure.

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Questions?

For more information about the Parkview School of MLS, contact Hallee Waye, Laboratory Educational Coordinator, by phone at 719.585.2528 or click the button below for email.

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