Educational Approach

Educational Approach

The School of Medical Laboratory Science program includes seven basic areas of laboratory assignments:

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Immunology
  • Laboratory Operations
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Diagnostics

Time for lectures and management and education projects is included during rotations.

The rotations include lectures and a clinical 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. Tests are scheduled to correlate as closely as possible with the general area of rotation and/or student lab exercises.

The program consists of 47 weeks of lecture and laboratory experience:

Total Length: 50 weeks (including vacation)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Starting Date: First week of July
Vacation: Three weeks (week of Thanksgiving, week of Christmas, and spring break)
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.

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The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):

5600 N. River Rd.
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

The School of Medical Laboratory Science program is approved by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

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 the student handbook.

Successful completion of the program entitles the graduate to a Certificate of Completion from the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Laboratory Science. 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.

Outcomes Measures

Outcomes Measures

Year Graduation Rate Job Placement Board of Certification
First-Time Pass Rate
Attrition Rate
2014 100% 100% 100% 0%
2015 100% 100% 100% 0%
2016 91% 100% 100% 9%
2017 100% 100% 91% 0%
Program Goals

Program Goals

Graduates of the Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Laboratory Science 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