|Seanna Annis, Coordinator
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|Trish Costello, Contact Person
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Students in Medical Laboratory Sciences prepare to become medical laboratory scientists who work in the laboratory/diagnostic sector of the health professions industry. Students study on campus for three academic years and then spend their senior year in a yearlong medical center practicum. The practicum is a full-time lecture and laboratory experience that serves as the last year for the Medical Laboratory Science degree. The University of Maine is affiliated with the Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor. Juniors in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program apply directly to the EMMC 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 reserves 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.
For the BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a minimum grade of “C” is required in BIO 100 and BIO 208.
Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences must earn a score of 4 or 5 in order to receive advanced placement credit for BIO 100.