The School of Medical Laboratory Science was established in 1946 and is a division of the Department of Pathology at MBMC. The largest private general hospital in the state, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member in good standing of the Mississippi Hospital Association. The Pathology Department is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks. The School of Medical Laboratory Science offers a 12-month program for qualified applicants in the major disciplines of clinical laboratory medicine including Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology and Microbiology as well as special topics such as Education and Management.
All medical laboratory science programs accredited by NAACLS must culminate in a baccalaureate degree. Applicants may already have a baccalaureate degree (4+1 students) or may be planning to obtain one following successful completion of the year of clinical education at MBMC (3+1 students). The School of Medical Laboratory Science maintains affiliations with the schools listed below, which allow the proper transfer of required semester hours of credit to the university for those students whose senior year of college will be the year at MBMC.
Contact the Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science advisor at the following schools to learn more about 3+1 degree requirements:
Auburn University: www.auburn.edu
Mississippi State University: www.msstate.edu
The clinical education course at MBMC lasts 12 consecutive months. Students are in the laboratory Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They develop technical skills under the instruction and supervision of certified medical technologists/medical laboratory scientists by rotating through the major divisions of the clinical laboratory. Students learn to perform laboratory procedures by assisting with actual tests on hospital patients. Because their learning is directly related to patients and their illnesses, students develop an important professional concept–a sense of responsibility toward patients.
Students also attend lectures on a daily basis. Both lectures and lab rotations are accompanied by frequent written, oral and practical examinations. The entire clinical course is concluded with a comprehensive examination.
Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a certificate from the School of Medical Laboratory Science and are eligible to take a national certification examination, such as the ASCP Board of Certification Medical Laboratory Scientist exam. Graduation from the program is not dependent upon the student passing any external certification or licensure examination.
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