During the last year of your bachelor's degree program, you will participate in a six-month clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic in Florida.
Through our well-planned and supervised clinical internship, you will gain experience in these key areas of laboratory science:
ChemistryThe chemical analysis of blood and body fluids
HematologyThe study of the cellular components of blood and the mechanisms of hemostasis (blood clotting)
ImmunologyThe detection, measurement and identification of antigens or antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the introduction of a foreign substance
MicrobiologyThe culture, identification and susceptibility testing of agents of infectious disease (viruses, parasites, bacteria and fungi) by traditional biochemical techniques and molecular methods
PhlebotomyThe collection and preparation of patient blood samples for laboratory testing
Transfusion MedicineThe science and technology used to prepare blood products and determine suitability of blood products for transfusion
UrinalysisThe analysis of urine for cells, casts, protein, cholesterol and glucose to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections, stone formation and other diseases
You can also complete elective laboratory rotations in endocrinology, molecular microbiology, histocompatibility, cellular therapy, quality assurance, quality control and laboratory information systems.
Grading or evaluation
As you move through the Clinical Laboratory Science Internship rotations, you will be evaluated in each clinical area by the program director and the clinical supervisor. A competency-based evaluation system and performance appraisal forms are used to evaluate clinical performance.
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) uses evaluative tools that include:
- Written examination
- Demonstration of skills
- Self-assessment exercises
- Faculty reviews
Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance, allowing students who are experiencing academic difficulty to be directed to appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.
Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure quality.