MLS Program Ardmore Benefits & Expenses


The projected tuition of the clinical year, 2016 – 2017 is $5820.00. An affiliated university student will pay 100 percent tuition to the university. Eighty percent of the tuition fee is paid to the MLS program. Tuition refunds are subject to the university refund policy. A non-affiliated university student who possesses a baccalaureate degree will pay a clinical education fee* directly to the MLS program to cover the expense of the clinical laboratory education. Fees are non-refundable.

*The clinical education fee will be 80% of the affiliated university student fee, which is determined by the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO). Prices are subject to change. Contact the program director for more information.


Students will receive a required textbook list upon acceptance into the program. The cost of the required textbooks is approximately $500.00. Students may purchase the required textbooks online (used or new, electronic or hard copy). In addition to the required textbooks, supplementary books will be checked out to the student. These must be returned prior to graduation.

Professional Liability

All students are required to maintain Professional Liability Insurance throughout the clinical year. The cost of this coverage is approximately $35.00.

Health Care

Students admitted to the clinical program must complete a health screen, including a drug screen, performed at Mercy Hospital Ardmore. Any student who becomes ill while on duty may see the Emergency Room physician or their personal physician at their own expense. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain hospitalization insurance. Group rates are available through most universities.

Scholarships & Loans

Most scholarships and loans are best pursued through the student’s university. Mercy Hospital Ardmore does offer MLS scholarships. Information is available from the Mercy Hospital Ardmore Human Resources Recruiting Department.

Part Time Employment & Service Work

Mercy Hospital Ardmore may elect to employ students as laboratory assistance. This work is not to exceed twenty hours per week and will be in the evenings or on weekends. The work is voluntary, paid, and directly supervised. The work must in no way interfere with the academic responsibilities of the student.  Students will not perform service work in place of qualified staff.

Background Check

A certified background check is required for all students as part of the application process.


The student will receive a certificate and pin from Mercy Hospital Ardmore upon successful completion of the program. This is not contingent upon passing a national certification examination.

Certification Examinations

All students are advised to take the national certifying exam. It is offered by the ASCP Board of Certification. The student pays the examination fee of approximately $225.00.


Students may use the hospital cafeteria and receive a discount.