|Seanna Annis, Coordinator
303 Hitchner Hall
|Trish Costello, Contact Person
5751 Murray Hall
Students in Clinical Laboratory Sciences prepare to become medical technologists who work in the laboratory/diagnostic sector of the health professions industry. Students study on campus for three academic years and then spend the senior year in a year long medical center practicum. The practicum is a full-time lecture and laboratory experience that serves as the last year for the Clinical Laboratory Science degree. The University of Maine is affiliated with the Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor and the Scott and White Healthcare facility in Temple, Texas. Juniors in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program apply directly to the EMMC or Scott and White programs for the practicum. Students must maintain both a science GPA of 2.5 and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission to the EMMC program. EMMC and Scott and White reserve the right to refuse admission. After completing the practicum, students are eligible to take the certifying examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
For enrollment in a practicum program, students must successfully undergo a criminal background check (CBC). Laboratories hiring graduates of these programs will also conduct CBC and require drug testing. This is a requirement placed on the healthcare agencies by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Criminal background checks are conducted by a private company approved or licensed to perform this service. Students are responsible for initiating the procedure to obtain the background check and assume all costs. Currently the CBC costs approximately forty dollars. A student whose CBC reveals concerns may be denied placement in a practicum. Areas of concern may include any felony, crimes against individuals (assault, battery, sexual assault, and other related crimes), crimes involving theft, crimes involving drugs, and misdemeanors that could compromise the care and safety of patients. The healthcare facility makes the determination of suitability for enrollment in the practicum and/or hiring.