The Mercy Hospital Ada School of Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science is a hospital-based program affiliated with several state colleges and universities. The program has been in continuous, uninterrupted operation since its establishment in 1954. It is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880.
The program spans one full calendar year beginning on either the second or third Monday in May. Students spend approximately 500 clock hours in formal and informal lectures and seminars, video lectures and webinars. Under qualified supervision, the remaining time is spent in the clinical laboratory learning technical skills and developing professional attitudes.
Students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, laboratory performance and professional behavior throughout the program year.
The students rotate through the various sections of the laboratory twice during the year. During the first rotation, students report to assigned lab sections from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. is spent in the classroom, where the students study the didactic material that correlates with the laboratory section to which they are assigned. During the second rotation, they report to their laboratory sections at 7:00 a.m. and then to the classroom at 1:00 p.m. for formal lectures in clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, clinical hematology, clinical immunology and for special topics in medical technology. Twice during the second rotation, students will report at 1:00 p.m., attend lectures, and then train under the evening supervisor from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With the exception of a three-week clinical experience at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, the clinical education is conducted on the Mercy Hospital Ada campus. The MLS program awards a certificate upon successful completion of the year. The certificate plus an appropriate baccalaureate degree allows the student to sit for a national certification examination.