The Mercy Hospital Ardmore School of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is a hospital-based program affiliated with several state colleges and universities. The program started its first class in June 2014. The Mercy Hospital Ardmore MLS program has successfully completed all required steps to achieve “Serious Applicant” status from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880. Our MLS program has completed all additional steps necessary and is waiting for the final decision from NAACLS for formal accreditation.
The program spans one full calendar year beginning the first Monday in June. 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 three times during the year. 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 and for formal lectures in clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, clinical hematology, clinical immunology and for special topics in medical technology.
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.