The Mercy Hospital Ada School of Medical Laboratory Science is a hospital-based program affiliated with several state colleges and universities. In addition, the program has two mercy clinical affiliates: Mercy Hospital Ardmore and mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. 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.
With the exception of a one week clinical experience at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, the clinical education is conducted on the Mercy Hospital Ada, Ardmore and Oklahoma City campuses. 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.
These individuals are responsible for teaching courses, directing and supervising student laboratory and clinical experiences, evaluating students, developing curriculum, formulating policies and procedures and evaluating program effectiveness. In addition, other laboratory coworkers, management and pathologists participate in the education of the MLS students.