The medical laboratory science curriculum offers preparation to those who wish to do professional diagnostic laboratory work. These professionals may find challenging opportunities in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, research, industry, and educational institutions.
The major characteristics desired in an applicant include high moral standards, scientific curiosity, manual dexterity, academic ability, and a genuine interest in people. In addition to completing the academic college program, students must make application, meet the designated entrance requirements, gain acceptance, and satisfactorily complete the professional year of study before they can receive the baccalaureate degree in medical laboratory science from College of Saint Mary. The process and standards by which applicants are selected for admission to the professional year vary slightly with each clinical institution. The medical laboratory science advisor will assist the student in the application and registration procedures for entrance to the clinical facility during the fall semester prior to the professional year of study. A minimum GPA of 2.5, reference letters, college transcripts, and a personal interview are required for entrance to the clinical facility. Specific admission information can be obtained directly from the clinical institution. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take national certifying examinations.
Enrollment in the clinical facilities is limited and competitive. Therefore, those students who do not meet the professional admissions requirements during the academic portion of the program are encouraged to pursue other programs. A student in the ‘3 + 1’ program who is not accepted into a professional program or who chooses not to continue may complete a biology degree at College of Saint Mary by completing a 4th year of study.
Courses for the professional year of study are offered at a medical institution with which College of Saint Mary has an affiliation agreement. These courses will be entered on the CSM transcript. The medical laboratory science advisor can provide information about affiliated institutions.
Degrees and Certificates
Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.,Bachelor of Science