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Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science Certificate

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The Certificate in Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science is only open to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry or will earn such a Bachelor’s degree prior to or concurrently upon the completion of the certificate requirements. Students in the certificate program will complete all microbiology related coursework/practicum within the Medical Laboratory Science program. Graduates with this certificate will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) examination for Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) and will be eligible for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)-Specialist license in the area of Microbiology through the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) . Graduates will only be eligible to work in microbiology departments within the clinical laboratory and will not be eligible to work as a generalist within the clinical laboratory.

School
School of Health Professions
Career
Medical Laboratory Scientist/Lab Technologist/Medical Technologist in hospital or clinical Microbiology department
Program Contacts

Medical Laboratory Science at FranU

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  2. Previously completed Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a major in biological science or chemistry, or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry
    -OR-
  3. Current enrollment in the Biology degree program or other Baccalaureate degree program at FRANU which includes a combination of 30 semester hours of biology and/or chemistry

**Completion of a Bachelor’s degree prior to or concurrently with the completion of the Clinical Microbiology certificate is required in order to qualify for Route 3 eligibility for the Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) exam.

The Route 3 eligibility requirements are as follows:

Eligibility Routes for ASCP Technologist in Microbiology: ROUTE 3

• Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a major in biological science or chemistry, or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a recombination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry,

AND successful completion of a structured program in microbiology under the auspices of a NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist Program within the last five years. The structured program in microbiology must be equivalent to the curriculum for microbiology in the Medical Laboratory Scientist Program. Applicants should not apply until after successful completion of the structured program.

Program Mission

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form highly skilled servant leaders who model professional ethics and exhibit critical thinking skills in order to serve patients by producing quality laboratory test results.

Program Goals

The goals of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program are to:

  1. Admit, retain, and graduate a diverse population of academically qualified students
  2. Provide a high quality educational experience which imparts to the students the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure success as a clinical laboratory professional
  3. Provide the healthcare community with knowledgeable and skilled entry-level practitioner
  4. Promote within the classroom and encourage in the clinical setting the development of: a) Franciscan values as defined by the University mission statement and Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and b) professional ethics and conduct according to the standards of the profession and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of basic/advanced laboratory science concepts and theories to the practice of clinical laboratory medicine
  2. Evaluate discipline specific case studies, accurately interpreting the results of laboratory testing
  3. Competently perform manual and automated laboratory science procedures as an entry level practitioner
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills within the academic and clinical setting
  5. Demonstrate Franciscan values and professional ethics/conduct within the academic and clinical setting

FAQ

How long does this program take?

1 year

What is the application deadline for this program?

March 15th

During which semester are students admitted into this program?

Fall semester

How much does this program cost?

Approximately $12,700

Is there a national certification test that I have to take to be a medical laboratory scientist?

Students who complete the Certificate in Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science will be qualified to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Resources

Document TitleTypeFile Size
Document Title: MLS Handbook 20Type: pdfFile Size: 690.522 KBDownload
Document Title: NAACLS Define Program Outcomes 2019Type: pdfFile Size: 245.812 KBDownload

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Science (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 or call 773-714-8880).