During the final semester of the MLS program, each student completes four 3 week rotations in each of the major areas of Medical Laboratory Sciences including:
- Hematology/ Hemostasis
- Chemistry/ Urinalysis
- Transfusion Medicine
During the clinical experience, students will be assigned two at least two different clinical sites or systems in order to gain experience in both rural and urban settings, as well as experience how different laboratories operate based on their patient population, location, and services offered. Students are enrolled in the Laboratory Management course during the clinical experience semester to help them gain a deeper understanding of laboratory operations.
The clinical experience semester is vital to student success in the field of medical laboratory sciences because it connects the theory and learning from the classroom to the clinical laboratory which bridges the gap from student to professional. Additionally, hands on experience in a variety of clinical laboratory settings during the clinical experience semester allows the student to gain experience in areas that are not reproducible in the didactic courses and laboratory, such as prioritizing, workflow, instrumentation, as well as collaborating with others both inside and outside of the clinical laboratory.