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 will 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 will 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 Rochester campus; and the remaining four months at Mayo Clinic in Florida.
Gainful Employment Disclosure Report
The U.S. 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 Association of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Mayo Clinic is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.
- Higher Learning Commission
- 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
- Chicago, IL 60602-2504
- Phone (toll-free): 800-621-7440
- Phone: 312-263-0456
- Fax: 312-263-7462
3+1 Program affiliated institution(s)
To participate in the Mayo School of Health Sciences' 3+1 Medical Laboratory Science Program, you must be enrolled at one of the following affiliated academic institutions:
- Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
- Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota
- University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
- University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
- Wartburg University, Waverly, Iowa
- Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin
- University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota
- University of Minnesota - Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota
The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester comprises an extensive outpatient complex, two hospitals, and research and education facilities. Mayo Clinic 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 comprised of ~3,200 people working in over 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, the high volume of specimens received for testing, and the diverse and highly educated faculty makes 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 ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) and will be credentialed as Medical Laboratory Scientists or MLS (ASCP)CM.
Our program has a 90-94% first-time pass rate for the national 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 A.M. to 10:30 A. M. and 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Monday through Friday (some exceptions may occur)
- Four to six hours of homework per day, on average
Clinical Experience — Mayo Clinic Rochester Program
- January through May:
- Eight-hour days, Monday through Friday
Clinical Experience — Florida-appointed students only — Mayo Clinic Florida
- January through February: Mayo Clinic Rochester
- Eight-hour days, Monday through Friday
- March through July: Mayo Clinic Florida
- 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 will receive a comprehensive educational experience with close instruction.