Medical Laboratory Science Program (Florida and Minnesota)
The Medical Laboratory Science Program includes three options.
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) of didactic courses and clinical laboratory rotations in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.
Students enrolled in the 4+1 track of the medical laboratory science certificate program complete 10.5 months of didactic courses and clinical laboratory rotations in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.
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, Minn., and the remaining four months are at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
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. We strive to retain excellent students for employment and promotion at Mayo Clinic.
Gainful employment disclosure report
The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.
Mayo School of Health Sciences' Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
See accreditation information for the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
Affiliated institutions (3+1 program)
To participate in Mayo School of Health Sciences' 3+1 Medical Laboratory Science Program, you must be enrolled at one of these affiliated academic institutions:
- Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
- Saint Mary's University (Winona, Minn.)
- University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)
- University of Minnesota Rochester (Rochester, Minn.)
- University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (La Crosse, Wis.)
- Upper Iowa University (Fayette, Iowa)
- Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wis.)
- Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa)
- Winona State University (Winona, Minn.)
The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., 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. It's composed of approximately 3,200 people working in more than 60 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, clinical laboratory scientists, clinical 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 clinical laboratory science training programs.
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.
Our program has a 90 to 94 percent first-time pass rate for the national certification examination.
Note: Completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Program and issuing of either a degree or certificate is not contingent upon students passing the certification examination.
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.
Didactic and student laboratory
- July through December: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (some exceptions may occur) and four to six hours of homework a day on average
Clinical experience — Mayo Clinic in Rochester program
- January through May: Eight-hour days, Monday through Friday
Clinical experience — Mayo Clinic in Florida (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)
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 24 students (includes two to four Florida-appointed students) to its Medical Laboratory Science Program. During the program, students receive a comprehensive educational experience with close instruction.