Philosophy of the program
The program is based on principles which prepare students to maintain the highest ideals of the Medical Laboratory Scientist profession.
A professional medical laboratory scientist is one who provides the physician with the scientific data necessary to aid in restoration of the sick to a healthy mind and body. The student must acquire skill, knowledge and understanding, as well as a sense of responsibility through observation, performance of laboratory tests, research and application of these tests to real situations.
The program is designed to prepare graduates to perform as professional members of a total health care team in any medical laboratory environment. Carefully planned rotation of classroom lectures and hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art medical laboratory prepares students to meet the challenges of society's health care needs.
Clinical Assignment When Placement Cannot be Immediately Guaranteed
When selecting students, the selection committee lists all the students considered to be acceptable students in the order of preference based on our selection criteria such as GPA, the interview, the desire to train at Parkview, references and discussion with the selection committee. Students who are not placed with Parkview's MLS program will be put on a waiting list. Placement into the program will be based on the criteria listed above. As positions become open before the start of the program year, applicants will be invited to attend Parkview's MLS program based on their place in the list. Unplaced students will need to reapply for admission the following year.
In the highly unlikely event, the program has to take fewer students than originally planned (i.e. be forced to take only six students instead of nine), the affected students will be informed of the circumstances and will be admitted the following year.
All preclinical Medical Laboratory Science requirements must be completed before entering the program. Applicants must document that they have a bachelor's degree, will be eligible to receive a bachelor's degree at the completion of the program (3+ 1), or will be graduating with a bachelor's degree before the program starts. Documentation of the following are required of all applicants.
- 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biology, including a course in microbiology and a course in immunology (either as a separate course or as part of another course)
- 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry, including at least one course in organic chemistry or biochemistry
- One course in college-level mathematics
- 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours)
- Other recommended courses include quantitative analysis, anatomy and physiology, instrumentation, computer science, management and supervision, genetics, parasitology, medical microbiology, statistics and physics
Technical standards (essential functions)
Technical Standards (Essential Functions) represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that the student must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable. As an applicant to our program, you are requested to read the following technical standards. These standards are written to help facilitate a valid career choice and to ensure that the safety and health of students, the public and other health professionals are not compromised.
Visual Function: Sufficient visual acuity to:
- Identify microscopic structures
- Read charts, graphs, instrument printouts, complete reports, and enter computer data
- Observe patient conditions and inspect specimens for suitability
- Operate analytical instruments appropriately and safely
Motor Function: Sufficient fine motor function to:
- Obtain, manipulate and measure specimens safely and with precision
- Manipulate reagents, materials, instruments and analytical equipment according to established standards and procedures, safely and with speed and accuracy
- Perform multiple and repetitive tasks
Interactive Function: Sufficient interactive skill to:
- Effectively report, discuss or explain results to supervisors, physicians and other appropriate personnel
- Maintain a cooperative and productive working relationship with patients and other health professionals
- Exhibit compassion, integrity and concern for others
Emotional Health: Sufficient emotional health to:
- Respond quickly and efficiently in emergency situations
- Function effectively in stressful situations and complete all responsibilities
- Exercise sound judgment and display flexibility
Intellectual Function: Sufficient intellectual function to:
- Calculate, interpret, analyze, reason, evaluate and explain lab results and quality control
- Prepare reagents and materials properly with accuracy, speed and precision
- Solve problems, make critical judgments and initiate corrective action to ensure accuracy and reliability of results in a timely fashion
Upon applying to the Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program, international students who have degrees granted from a college or university that is not located in the United States must have their transcript evaluated by a transcript evaluation service. This transcript evaluation must be from one of the transcript evaluation services listed in the ASCP certification procedures booklet. You can view and download the document for free from the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s website (www.ascp.org).
Documentation of proficiency in English: The student may demonstrate proficiency in English in one of five ways:
- Transcript of classes taken at an accredited US college or university
- Successfully challenge the TOEFL exam with a score of at least 80 for the total exam
- CGE: A minimum of a "B" in English
- Successfully complete a college level English composition course at an accredited US institution with a minimum grade of "C-"
- A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS Photocopies of this documentation may be submitted with the application.
Photocopies of this documentation may be submitted with the application. However, originals will need to be filed with the rest of the student paperwork upon acceptance into the program.
Selection criteria & advanced placement
Parkview participates in the CIMLE Indiana Student Preference Match.
Results of the student selections are based on the following criteria:
- Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Science GPA
- Other relevant information, including previous hospital or health care experience, college laboratory work, honors and extracurricular activities
Student selection is nondiscriminatory with respect to age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability.
Applicants possessing an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science and/or experience working in a technical capacity at a clinical lab are eligible for advanced placement in the program’s clinical curriculum. Education needs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Tuition & Fees
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