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Mercy Clinical Lab Science Program


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must fulfill the following:

Completion of 90 semester or 135 quarter hours of college level courses, including:

Chemistry

16 semester or 24 quarter hours to include organic and/or biochemistry.


Biology

16 semester or 24 quarter hours including microbiology, immunology, genetics or molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology. Immunology must be included as part of microbiology or as a separate course.


Mathematics

One course in college-level statistics.


Recommended

Parasitology (highly recommended)
Instrumentation
Physics
Quantitative Chemistry
Computer Technology

No survey courses are acceptable as part of the required courses.

Grade Point Average

A minimum of 2.8 in undergraduate work is required. An average of 3.0 or higher is recommended due to the competitive nature of the selection process.

The Program admits students without regard to age, race, religion, sex, national origan, handicap, or marital status. Applicants with degrees from outside the US should call for additional information.

Essential Functions

You have chosen to pursue a health care profession, where honesty and integrity are critical personal characteristics required both in your academic studies and in the practice of the profession of Clinical Laboratory Science. The Essential Functions are the non-academic requirements of the Program, and they comprise physical, emotional, and professional demands required of a medical technologist. Throughout your professional studies, you will be evaluated to assess your ability to meet these standards. The demonstration of these non-academic, professional, entry-level competencies is expected from students.

The Physical Demands required include the ability to:

  • Perform manual laboratory procedures while wearing exam gloves with dexterity.
  • Operate state-of-the-art instruments, including computers.
  • Use a microscope and discriminate colors, patterns and structural detail of microscopic specimens.
  • Perform delicate manipulations which require good eye-hand coordination.
  • Bend, reach, sit and move freely about the lab
  • Sit, read, listen and write for extended period of time.
  • Tolerate appearance and odor of laboratory specimens

The Emotional Demands required include the ability to:

  • Perform laboratory procedures accurately and quickly even under stressful conditions.
  • Exercise independent judgment and to think logically in the performance of one's duties.
  • Organize and to assume responsibility for one's work be flexible, creative and adaptable to change.

The Professional Demands required include the ability to:

  • Communicate in a professional, positive, tactful manner with patients, physicians, nurses, other health care and non-health care employees, and fellow laboratory personnel.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of one's laboratory responsibilities.
  • Perform laboratory tests carefully while maintaining efficiency and organization.
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Project a well-groomed, neat appearance.

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