Overview

Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida.

The Medical Laboratory Science Program offers three options:

3+1 program

Students enrolled in the 3+1 track of the medical laboratory science baccalaureate program at an affiliated education institution complete their final year (10.5 months) in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.

4+1 program

Students enrolled in the 4+1 track of the medical laboratory science certificate program complete 10.5 months in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic after receiving their bachelor's degrees.

After the didactic coursework is completed, some students may have the option to complete their clinical laboratory rotation at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

4+1 program (Florida-appointed students)

Students enrolled in the 4+1 track of the clinical laboratory science certificate program complete 12 months of didactic courses and clinical laboratory rotations in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. Eight months of didactic courses and clinical laboratory rotations are completed at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and the remaining four months are at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mission

Mayo Clinic's Medical Laboratory Science Program is committed to training undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in laboratory medicine, quality assurance and professional practice.

Faculty members promote academic excellence, instill professionalism and encourage the pursuit of lifelong learning. At Mayo Clinic, we strive to retain excellent students for employment and promotion.

Gainful employment disclosure report

The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist you in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

  1. NAACLS
    1. 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
      Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
    2. Phone: 773-714-8880
    3. Email: info@naacls.org

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institutions (3+1 program)

Students enrolled in one of our affiliated institutions below may apply for enrollment in the 3+1 track of our Medical Laboratory Science Program.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences also affiliates with:

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Facilities

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, comprises an extensive outpatient complex, two hospitals, and research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is one of the largest clinical laboratories in the world with over 90 specialty laboratories. The department receives patient specimens for testing from Mayo Clinic as well as other hospitals worldwide. A highly skilled team of pathologists, physicians, scientists, medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, biologists, chemists, geneticists and other specialists perform lab work.

The wide repertoire of test services, high volume of specimens received for testing, and diverse and highly educated faculty make the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for students in medical laboratory science training programs.

Graduation and certification

Graduates from our program are eligible for certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) and are credentialed as medical laboratory scientists, or MLS(ASCP)CM.

Note: Completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Program and issuing of either a degree or certificate is not contingent upon your passing the certification examination.

State licensure

The state of Florida requires licensure for employment in a clinical laboratory. Licenses are issued by the Florida Department of Health Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.

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Hours

Didactic and student laboratory

July through December:

  • Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons (some exceptions may occur) — 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Four to six hours of homework a day on average.

Clinical experience — Rochester program

January through May: The clinical schedule includes eight-hour days, Monday through Friday.

Clinical experience — Florida program (Florida-appointed students only)

  • January through February: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, with eight-hour days, Monday through Friday
  • March through July: Mayo Clinic in Florida, with eight-hour days, Monday through Friday (hours vary)

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits 24 students (including one to two Florida-appointed students) to the Medical Laboratory Science Program. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

Professional organizations

Aug. 09, 2017