Parkview School of MLS: Program Description

The program is 41 weeks long with one cohort beginning in July and a second cohort beginning in January. During the program, 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

The program is 41 weeks long (40 weeks + 1 week of vacation).  Students begin the year with 1 week of orientation.  Lectures are given over the next eight weeks (Monday – Friday from 0700-1530). The next twenty-two weeks are spent in their first rotations:

Phlebotomy:  1 week

Chemistry:  4 weeks

Hematology:  4 weeks (including coagulation)

Urinalysis:  2 weeks

Microbiology:  6 weeks (including molecular testing)

Blood Bank:  4 weeks

Pueblo West Lab: 1 Week

The order that a student progresses through each department 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 first rotations, the student completes a second rotation in each department:

Chemistry: 2 weeks

Hematology:  2 weeks

Microbiology:  2 weeks

Blood Bank:  2 weeks

The program concludes with 1 week of review in all subjects.

In addition to practical work in these departments, students receive weekly units of instruction on subjects pertinent to the theory for that department.  Each week, the student is given a set of objectives over a particular subject.  An exam is then given the following Monday over the material in the objectives for that week.  The exam may also contain review information from previous weeks’ objectives and/or math. 

Lectures that were not given during the beginning of the year, may be given on Monday’s throughout the first rotation.  The material covered in lecture may not match the material that the student is covering in their departmental weekly objectives. 

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 typically due on Wednesdays and the test is on the following Monday.  The reading and homework are completed at home and may take anywhere from 10-20 hours of time per week.


In order for the student to obtain a better understanding of the theory for certain topics, eight-weeks of lectures are given at the beginning of the program (after one week of orientation). During the eight-weeks, most lectures are available virtually utilizing a learning management system. Some lectures may require students to come in to the lab and will be scheduled during the week (Monday – Friday) between 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. The lecture schedule is subject to change and may vary.

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


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