We welcome your interest in the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology Laboratory technologists play a vital role in the care provided to our patients. Our technologists perform more than 11 million tests a year, helping to diagnose disease and monitor therapy. Health promotion and disease prevention are also key to the mission of the Cleveland Clinic and our laboratories provide data that helps patients maintain the benefits of good health.
Cleveland Clinic is a health care system with a large downtown campus in Cleveland, 8 regional community hospitals, and numerous family health centers and physician office practices. Our diverse laboratories serve patients at all of these facilities. The majority of laboratory tests are performed at the main, downtown campus laboratory, and it is here that the School of Medical Technology is almost entirely based.
In our program students learn blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunopathology, and clinical microbiology. Skills basic to performance of accurate laboratory tests are acquired through individualized and group training at the bench. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and technology and students have exposure to many esoteric tests not performed routinely in most laboratories. Through the lecture series students gain understanding of the body’s normal state, as well as, disease processes. This knowledge helps them correlate the laboratory results to the care of the individual patient.
Communication of results and test interpretation to nurses, physicians, and other care providers is a critical component of quality patient care. Written and oral communications are essential skills that are developed through the program. Although the entry-level technologist performs few management functions, coursework in leadership and administration is incorporated to enable technologists to understand their role in the overall function of the laboratory and to help them advance to leadership positions in the future.
Ours is a rapidly changing profession. At Cleveland Clinic we are committed to adapting to advancing technologies and medical practices. As a student in our program or a technologist in our laboratory you will have many opportunities to apply your knowledge and experience personal growth. Opportunities for continuing education and personal development are abundant.
The laboratory sciences need dedicated professionals to provide timely, accurate, and relevant laboratory data as part of the overall care of patients. At Cleveland Clinic you will be part of a team of providers devoted to improving the quality of human life. We hope you will consider our program and look forward to working with you.
Susan M. Harrington, Ph.D. D(ABMM), MLS (ASCP)CM
Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology
Welcoming students with a passion for scientific understanding
Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 upon a mission of patient care, research and education. From the patient’s bedside to the medical laboratory, Cleveland Clinic practitioners constantly strive to improve care, seek better ways to diagnose and treat disease, and share knowledge and best practices with upcoming generations of medical personnel. The recently revitalized Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology is welcoming students who embrace these ideals to engage in our one-year, hands-on education program.
Learn from a Leader
Cleveland Clinic, consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, stands on the leading edge of academic medicine. As a result, Cleveland Clinic medical technology students receive exclusive opportunities to explore rare cases, interact with field-leading professional staff and pursue career opportunities in research, management and advanced study. As a student, you will learn from seasoned Cleveland Clinic experts in laboratory science.
Prepare for A Dynamic Field
The School of Medical Technology course of study is designed to prepare students for the ever-changing landscape of laboratory science. Medical technologists serve a more vital role than ever before in the care of patients today, thanks to increasingly sophisticated diagnostic technology and better understanding of human pathology. As a student of our program, you will develop the critical thinking skills to adapt and take advantage of evolving methods to detect and diagnose diseases and monitor patients’ progress.
We welcome students with enthusiasm for scientific understanding and a personal work ethic conducive to quality laboratory practices.
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Kandice Kottke-Marchant, MD, PhD
Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Institute, Chair
Eric Hsi, MD
Department Chair, Clinical Pathology
Gary Procop, MD
Department Chair, Molecular Pathology
John Goldblum, MD
Department Chair, Anatomic Pathology
Fadi Abdul-Karim, MD
Vice Chair Education, RT-PLMI
Paul Suchy, MT(ASCP)
Administrator, Center for Pathology Education
School of Medical Technology Faculty
Susan Harrington, PhD, MLS (ASCP)CM
Barbara Zingale, MT(ASCP)
Sonja Bruketa, MT(ASCP)
Immunology Training Specialist
Gary Johnston, BS
Blood Bank Training Specialist
Barb Martien, MT(ASCP)
Hematology Training Specialist
Dori Odar, MaEd
Laboratory Education Training Specialist
Connie Peck, MT(ASCP)
General Laboratory Training Specialist
Suzanne Schroeder, MT(ASCP)
Microbiology Training Specialist
Jordan Wesler, MLS(ASCP)CM
Chemistry Training Specialist
Graduates of the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology will be able to:
- Perform chemical and biological analytical test procedures on body fluids and tissues
- Produce test results which are consistently accurate, precise, and free from technical and clerical errors
- Plan, organize, and carry out daily assignments efficiently and effectively while maintaining a clean, neat, and orderly work area
- Approach assignments with assurance, showing confidence in own results, checking results with others when appropriate and necessary, without performing unnecessary or inappropriate rechecks or showing “over concern”
- Skillfully operate large equipment as well as perform tasks requiring delicate handling or manipulation and adapt developed skills in using new equipment or instruments with minimal difficulty
- Understand and practice laboratory safety in the performance of duties
- Participate actively in quality assurance programs
- Institute and perform standard quality control on laboratory test procedures
- Institute and perform preventative maintenance procedures
- Understand other aspects of quality assurance beyond producing high quality test results
- Integrate laboratory data and make judgments concerning recognition, confirmation and follow-up of abnormal results and discrepancies
- Grasp new ideas with minimal instruction and apply knowledge to new situations
- Correlate laboratory test results with clinical significance
- Understand the principles of methods and sources of error, recognize situations requiring further inquiry or testing, and determine course of action to identify and correct problems
- Recall learned concepts and apply them to interpretation of results, recognition and identification of problems, and problem solving
- Understand the relative usefulness (diagnostic sensitivity and specificity) of test results in the diagnosis of disease and monitoring of therapy and patient progress, and identify appropriate follow up procedures
- Evaluate new techniques or procedures for clinical usefulness, cost effectiveness, standards of performance, and establishing reference ranges
- Collect appropriate data and calculate reference ranges
- Understand sample variables
- Recognize and evaluate assay parameters such as reliability, specificity, sensitivity, and complexity
- Understand parameters used for cost analysis
- Prepare and present educational material for new employees, support personnel, students, and continuing education programs
- Prepare and present lecture material
- Teach bench skills or procedures effectively
- Understand and apply principles of management and supervision as they relate to laboratory administration
- Understand and prepare various tools used for the evaluation of students and/or employees
- Develop goals and objectives for educational or managerial use
- Understand the role of the various legislative and accreditation bodies as related to laboratories, lab personnel, and educational programs
- Demonstrate a professional attitude towards his/her work, co-workers, instructors, other health care team workers and patients
- Work cooperatively in day-to-day interaction with peers, patients, and other employees
- Maintain good relationships with other personnel and patients, demonstrating a respectful, helpful, and tactful attitude in all face-to-face or telephone contacts
- Demonstrate willingness and enthusiasm to learn and accept instruction and suggestions in a positive, constructive manner
- Attempt to think/work things out independently and recognize when it is appropriate or necessary to ask for assistance
- Manage time effectively and complete tasks and assignments without prompting or frequent intervention
- Maintain a neat, clean, and organized work area without prompting or intervention
- Observe all rules set forth in institutional policies and procedures
- Adjust to new situations and changes in schedule in a cooperative and appropriate manner, minimizing inconvenience to others if he/she is the initiator of the change
- Practice medical and professional ethics
- Applying self to do required work or assignments willingly, promptly, and well
- Being punctual and conscientious with respect to attendance and notification of appropriate persons when unable to meet schedules
- Following directions as instructed without taking shortcuts or modifying established procedures
- Being honest in performing tests, recording and reporting results, and not “fudging” results of tests, quality control samples, or other records
- Respecting confidentiality of patients and fellow employees, taking care not to discuss ordered tests or results with coworkers or acquaintances or reveal the identity of individuals when using case histories or tests results for teaching purposes
- Communicate ideas effectively both orally and in written form
- Express ideas orally with minimal difficulty and be clearly understood by others in a one-to-one or group setting
- Communicate effectively by written word, expressing ideas clearly, neatly, legibly, in logical order, and free from grammatical and spelling errors
- Recognize the importance of continuing education and methods in which it may be accomplished
- Participate in continuing education activities available within the laboratory or through professional groups
- Actively participate in evaluation and review of articles
- Review and present case studies to peers and students
- Have a sound educational background which will allow
- Success on certification examinations
- Pursuit of graduate studies or specialization in medical technology, education, laboratory management or administration, if desired
- Pursuit of a position in research and development, if desired
- Pursuit of a position involving education or continuing education of laboratory personnel
- Pursuit of a position of leadership in the laboratory or further study of laboratory administration, if desired
The School of Medical Technology program includes five basic areas of laboratory assignments:
Time for management and education projects is included during rotations.
The rotations include lectures and a lab experience for the students assigned to that rotation. Students acquire the basic skills and knowledge needed as they progress through the rotation.
During the rotation, students rotate through various bench assignments either singly or, more commonly, in small groups.
Practical work is supervised by instructors and supplemented by informal discussions, reading assignments and/or other self-study material.
Academic progress is closely monitored by weekly testing during laboratory rotations. Tests are scheduled to correlate as closely as possible with the general area of rotation and/or bench assignment material.
The program consists of 49 weeks of lecture and laboratory experience:
Total Length: 52 weeks (including vacation)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Starting Date: Third week of July
Vacation: Three weeks (week of Thanksgiving, week of Christmas, and a week in the spring)
Holidays: Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day
Students work with biohazards, chemical hazards and odorous materials during the course of their training. Safety training is included during the first week of the program. Students are expected to use the safety equipment provided for employees and adhere strictly to laboratory safety procedures.
Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
Acceptable performance in all courses must be achieved in order to complete the program. A student must complete the entire program to be eligible to sit for any certification examination. This includes satisfactory academic and laboratory performance along with satisfactory completion of all portions of the comprehensive final examinations. Criteria for acceptable performance are determined by the student’s performance throughout the entire school year. The criteria are outlined in the Student Academic and Laboratory Performance Standards section of this handbook.
Successful completion of the program entitles the graduate to a Certificate of Completion from the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology. It may also be credited toward a baccalaureate degree through affiliated colleges. Neither the Certificate of Completion nor the conferring of a baccalaureate degree from the affiliate educational institution are contingent upon a candidate having passed a Medical Laboratory Science certification examination.
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One (1) Cleveland Clinic unit of credit = 40 clock hours. (These courses and units of credit are used as components of affiliated college courses whose titles may differ from school to school).
Clinical Microbiology (10 Units)»
- Bacteriology: Lectures offer a survey of the medically important bacteria, infectious disease processes, and principles of basic laboratory techniques. Laboratory work emphasizes the isolation, identification and antibiotic susceptibility studies of bacteria and exposes the student to the serological identification of viral infection. Aspects of molecular identification of bacteria are covered.
- Mycobacteriology: Lectures and practical work cover the isolation, identification and clinical significance of mycobacteria.
- Mycology: Lectures and laboratory work cover the isolation and medical important fungi, their identification and clinical significance.
- Parasitology: Lectures and laboratory work cover life cycles, diagnostic morphology and pathology of human parasites. Laboratory work emphasizes the detection and microscopic identification of diagnostic forms of parasites and detection of blood in fecal specimens.
- Virology: Lectures and laboratory rotation material address isolation and identification of medically relevant viruses and clinical presentation of viral infections.
Clinical Hematology (10 units)»
- Hematology: Lectures cover the production, function and morphology of blood cells; discussion of the diagnostic features of hematologic disorders; and the laboratory tests employed in their diagnosis. Laboratory work includes specimen collection, manual and automated enumeration and identification of cells, and performance of diagnostic test procedures.
- Coagulation: Lectures and laboratory work cover the process of hemostasis, hemorrhagic disorders, and the principles and performance of laboratory procedures used in diagnosing and monitoring them.
Clinical Microscopy (2 units)»
- Body Fluid Analysis: Lectures cover the physiology and clinical importance of examining body fluids such as cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluids and semen. Laboratory work includes performance of microscopic, chemical and biological procedures, as well as principles of staining techniques.
- Urinalysis: Lectures and laboratory work cover the anatomy and physiology of the kidney in health and disease and the chemical, physical and microscopic examination of urine.
Clinical Immunology (11 units)»
- Immunopathology: Lectures cover a review of characteristics of antigens, antibodies and their reactions, and the principles of laboratory tests involving antigen-antibody reactions. Discussions of the function and dysfunction of the immune mechanism and the laboratory tests used to measure its integrity are included. Laboratory work enables the student to perform some of the various types of tests available and includes exposure to research techniques.
- Immunoserology: Lectures offer a survey of infectious diseases for which serological testing is of diagnostic importance. Laboratory work emphasizes fundamental technique in the performance of some of the most commonly used test procedures.
- Immunohematology: Lectures and laboratory work cover the common blood group systems, serologic procedures performed prior to blood transfusion, transfusion reactions and their investigation, collection and storage of blood and its components, and disease conditions for which blood or its components are utilized as treatment.
Clinical Chemistry (8 units)»
- Chemical Pathology: Lectures and laboratory work cover the biochemistry and normal and abnormal physiology of various classes of chemicals. A survey of laboratory methods used to measure various classes of chemicals, their interpretation and clinical application is included.
- Analytical Principles: Lectures cover the principles and use of laboratory instruments and equipment, preparation of reagents, and statistics and their application to the Quality Control Systems. The laboratory work emphasizes basic analytical techniques (manual and automated) in the performance of a variety of routine and specialized procedures.
Special Topics (8 units)»
- Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science: Lectures, audio/visual materials and reading assignments are used to present basic laboratory principles of medical technology techniques including quality control, laboratory statistics, balances, pipetting, basic microscopy, glassware and function verification/preventative maintenance (FVPM). Safety including basic knowledge of various chemical and biological hazards, proper methods of handling and disposing of them, body fluid precautions and laboratory safety is also covered. The correct use of appropriate safety equipment and techniques is stressed during daily laboratory assignments. Knowledge and understanding of medical terminology and jargon is a necessary part of effective communication skills. Self instructional textbook assignments, written exams and day to day exposure during lab activities enable the student to develop these skills.
- Laboratory Management: Lectures, group discussion, and self-study material cover the basic principles of management and supervision. Students are required to complete several projects demonstrating the practical application of these basic principles to laboratory management.
- Education of Laboratory Personnel: Lectures and reading assignments cover the preparation of objectives, evaluation methods and some theory of adult education. Projects may include teaching a bench skill, preparation and presentation of lecture material and preparation of examination items.
- Research: Lectures and reading assignments cover the ethics and principles of clinical research, governmental regulations and their associated organizations, and basics of data analysis. Students will complete a written research project, using literature searches based on current topics affecting various areas of the laboratory.
- Molecular Diagnostics: Lectures and reading assignments cover the basic principles of cytogenetics, FISH, and various PCR and molecular methodologies. Laboratory work allows the students to observe setup, processing and result analysis of the various specimen types and testing procedures.
- Comprehensive Review: The last two weeks of the program are devoted to a review of the year’s work and the taking of the program’s comprehensive examinations. These examinations are graded and the student must pass all sections for successful program completion.
The School of Medical Technology seeks student applicants who:
- Demonstrate familiarity with clinical laboratory science.
- Match personal attributes with those required for practice of clinical laboratory science
Applicants should also demonstrate a capacity for academic achievement:
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Minimum Chemistry GPA of 2.5
- Minimum Biology GPA of 2.5
- Minimum Mathematics GPA of 2.5
Desirable Attributes of Applicants:
- Logical thought processes facilitating problem solving
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Dependability and a sense of responsibility
- Courtesy and respect in personal relationships
- Internal Motivation
- Interests or hobbies that enrich personal satisfaction
- Ability to follow directions
- Ability to react appropriately and to maintain poise and control under stressful conditions
- Manual dexterity
Prerequisite for Admission»
- Applicants must be enrolled as a medical technology (clinical laboratory science) student at an affiliated school as described below or have a baccalaureate degree, which includes the prerequisite chemistry, biology and math coursework.
- Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology has formal affiliation agreements with a number of universities and colleges. Contact your program advisor or the School of Medical Technology for affiliation status.
- The applicant must have a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) of academic credit in a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution, including the following courses:
- Chemistry: A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) acceptable toward a chemistry major is required. A course in organic chemistry or biochemistry must be included. Biochemistry is strongly recommended. Courses in quantitative analysis and instrumentation are recommended.
- Biological Sciences: A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) acceptable toward a biology major is required. Microbiology and immunology must be included. Genetics and parasitology are strongly recommended.
- Mathematics: One course in college mathematics is required. Remedial mathematics courses will not satisfy the mathematics requirement. A course in statistics is strongly recommended.
- All 3 + 1 students must have their academic credits evaluated by an authorized individual.
- Before admission to the program, students must have completed all required pre-clinical courses and be eligible for a baccalaureate degree at the completion of the clinical program, or already have a baccalaureate degree.
- Degrees granted by foreign schools must be evaluated and judged to be equivalent of U.S. degrees. See “Applicants with Foreign Credentials” for more information.
- All pre-requisite coursework must be taken within 7 years of the class enrollment date.
- All students who do not have a baccalaureate degree before entering the program must submit evidence that they are enrolled in a 3+1 program and that their college will grant them a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program.
- If deadlines are not met, we cannot guarantee the applicant will be considered for the July entrance date.
Physical and Motor Skills
- Have fine motor dexterity to collect patient samples, use a microscope, and operate and repair laboratory equipment
- Have gross motor dexterity to process samples, physical mobility to collect blood specimens from patients, and stamina to tolerate a physically demanding workload
- Be able to stand for long periods of time and maneuver through narrow spaces, if needed to collect specimens
Sensory / Observational Skills
- Be able to participate in lab and practical demonstrations in clinical areas
- Have visual acuity sufficient to use microscopes to perform analysis requiring distinguishing structural details and staining characteristics of cells and microorganisms
- Be able to view computer screens for extended lengths of time
- Be able to visually identify color and macroparticle reactions on slides, in test tubes, and in microwells. Be able to distinguish morphology of microbes in culture.
- Be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing to all staff, employees, students, patients and other healthcare workers
- Be able to complete written assignments and participate in classroom discussions
Intellectual and Qualitative Skills
- Have the ability to calculate, measure, interpret and evaluate laboratory data and other research materials
- Have the ability to organize their work, solve problems, think critically, and make appropriate judgments
Professionalism and Social Behavior
- Have the ability to follow directions, manage time, and meet deadlines
- Be able to function as part of a team and act as a professional
- Have the ability to work under pressure, maintaining a calm demeanor and demonstrating maturity
- Be able to adhere to the regulations of accrediting agencies, comply with safety regulations of the laboratory and maintain a safe environment for themselves and others
- Be able to act as a professional by wearing appropriate dress, using proper behavior and maintaining personal honesty and integrity.
- Each applicant must submit the following information/materials as instructed before any consideration of the application will be given:
- Completed application form (Deadline: December 1)
- Application fee: $20 (non-refundable)
- Official transcript from each college attended
- The application file must be completed by December 15. When all of the items listed above have been submitted, the applicant’s academic qualifications are evaluated. Applicants who met the minimum criteria will be contacted to make an appointment for a personal interview.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that deadlines for submitting applications and other application materials are met.
- After the interview, each applicant who has completed the process will be scored on non-academic characteristics, using information gathered from the application form and interview.
- The relative weights given to each source of information are:
- Academic criteria: 60 percent of total score
- Non-academic criteria
- Application form: 15 percent of total score
- Interview: 25 percent of total score
- Acceptable applicants will be ranked in order of their total scores
- A $2500 tuition fee, effective July 1, 2014 (included in fees charged at some affiliated schools)
- Approximately $600 for text books
- Supplies such as notebooks, shoes, etc.
- Medical insurance (if needed)
- Medical Liability insurance
No stipends are available, but a limited number of loans and scholarships are available for students attending allied health programs at Cleveland Clinic. The program is approved for deferred payment of Guaranteed Student Loans. For more information, contact the program director.
Health and Professional Liability Insurance
Health care and hospitalization insurance and professional liability insurance are the responsibility of the student.
Cleveland Clinic has no student housing facilities. The cost of room, board and transportation is borne by the student.
A student may withdraw from the School of Medical Technology at any time. A written letter of intent indicating the anticipated date of withdrawal must be submitted to the Program Director. The reason for the withdrawal is not required. Once the letter of intent is received by the School, the Program Director will set up a meeting with the student to discuss the withdrawal.
The withdrawing student is responsible for returning any borrowed reference materials belonging to the School. The student must surrender his or her temporary ID badge and parking sticker prior to departure on the last day. There will be no reimbursement for any expenses incurred as a result of being in the Program. There will be no refund of tuition after the first week of the program.
The student will be asked to complete a final program evaluation prior to departure.
All application material, correspondence or inquiries concerning applications should be directed to the Program Director at 216.448.5503 or at the following address:
Barbara Zingale, MSIT, MT(ASCP) - Program Director
School of Medical Technology
9500 Euclid Ave. CL45
Cleveland, OH 44195-5131
The evaluation of applicants begins after all application materials and fees have been received. Applicants will be notified when the application file is complete.
Medical Technology Students from Affiliated Schools»
The following materials must be mailed to the program director:
- The completed application form must be submitted by December 1 to ensure consideration for admission to the following year’s class.
- Application fee of $20. Do not send cash. Make check or money order payable to: The Cleveland Clinic. This fee is non-refundable.
- Official transcript from each college or university attended.
Coursework must be evaluated by an authorized individual in order to ensure completion of the required prerequisite courses before the program starting date. The Evaluation of Credit form is to be completed by the college advisor or registrar.
The applicant will receive acknowledgement of receipt of the completed application form, as well as information regarding any additional materials needed to complete the application file as needed. Please wait for instructions before submitting any other material.
The entire application file (except for interview) must be completed by December 15 in order to be considered for admission to the upcoming year’s class.
Non-medical Technology Students from Non-affiliated Schools»
Individuals who are not enrolled in a Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science) program, but who have their degree in biology or chemistry or other biological sciences (including the required prerequisite chemistry, biology and mathematics coursework) will be considered for admission.
The following materials must be mailed to the program director:
- • The completed application form must be submitted by December 1 to ensure consideration for admission to the following year’s class.
- • Application fee of $20. Do not send cash. Make check or money order payable to: The Cleveland Clinic. This fee is non-refundable.
- • Official transcript from each college or university attended.
The transcript will be evaluated by the Program Director in order to ensure completion of the required prerequisite courses before the program starting date.
Information regarding any further steps needed to complete the application file will be sent to the applicant, along with an acknowledgement of receipt of the completed application form. Please wait for these instructions before submitting any other material.
The entire application file (except for interview) must be completed by December 15 in order to be considered for admission to the upcoming year’s class.
Preference will be given to applicants who are in medical technology programs at affiliated schools if all other qualifications are equal.
Applicant with Foreign Credentials»
Foreign credentials must be evaluated by an acceptable agency before application to the program can be accepted. The agency must generate a report that lists courses taken with their United States equivalent grade. For a list of ASCP Board of Certification approved evaluation agencies, please visit: http://www.ascp.org/PDF/BOC-PDFs/International/AcceptableEvaluationAgenciesforForeignTranscripts.aspx.
An original or photocopy of this report must be submitted with the application documents.
Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are also required. The score must be less than two years old or the test will need to be repeated prior to application.
To apply to the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology, follow these steps:
- Enclose a $20 non-refundable application fee.
- Request transcripts from all colleges attended be sent to the Program Director.