About the Program

The Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Medical Laboratory Science was founded in 1946 and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; ph (847)-939-3597. The School provides a stimulating environment to furnish high quality technical training and expose students to the philosophy and ethics of the Medical Laboratory Science profession.

The School of Medical Laboratory Science is affiliated with the University of Maine. Students obtain thirty-two college credits, upon satisfactory completion of their clinical training. Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to take national certification examinations and are well on their way to a rewarding career in medical laboratory science.

From the drawing of blood specimens to the accurate and timely reporting of laboratory data, the skilled hand of the medical laboratory scientist is a vital factor in patient care. As an explorer of the world of microscopic cells, you will find your way to an exciting career. Demand for your skills is endless not only here in Bangor, Maine, but throughout the United States. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center invites students to take that first step toward a rewarding and challenging career as a medical laboratory scientist.

Your education through the School of Medical Laboratory Science will take you places — whether working with the healthcare team, researching the many sciences, or working with the nation's industries — your knowledge and hands-on experience will be invaluable to your success.

Northern Light Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and serves Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center as well as dozens of hospitals, nursing homes, and physician offices throughout the state. Northern Light Laboratory provides the variety and volume of specimens necessary to provide comprehensive training in the field of Medical Laboratory Science.

In alignment with the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s mission which includes developing services in response to local and regional needs, educating health professionals, conducting appropriate research and promoting community health, the School of Medical Laboratory Science strives:

  • To provide high quality clinical and didactic education to prepare medical laboratory science students who meet identified minimal competencies at career entry

  • To provide methods of instruction and evaluation which are responsive to individual needs

  • To provide, in addition to high quality technical training, a clinical education that stresses the philosophy and ethics of the Medical Laboratory Science profession

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Registry Pass Rate

For the past three years the average BOC certification exam pass rate for the graduates has been 85%. 

Student / Faculty ratio

While in the lecture portion of the internship year, the highest student to faculty ratio will be 6:1. During the clinical rotations, the maximum ratio will be 2:1.

Attrition and Job Placement Statistics

In the past three years the program has had a graduation rate of 92% and an attrition rate of 8%. Job Placement Rate of those same graduates was at 100% within 3 months of graduation.

Information that appears on this web site is subject to change.

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Program Officials

  • Scott Dufresne, MD, Pathologist, Medical Director

  • Ellen Libby, MS, MT; MLS (ASCP)CM, Program Director

Transfusion Medicine

  • Tara Rabideau, MLS (ASCP)CM, SBB (Transfusion Manager)

  • Susan Major, MT (ASCP)

  • Linda Lewis, MT (ASCP)

  • Heather Cyr MT (ASCP)

  • Orin Buetens, MD, Pathologist

Chemistry — Education & Management

  • Karen Pomeroy, MT(ASCP), Executive Vice President

  • Kristan Rancourt, MT(ASCP), Core Supervisor

  • Judy Oleksyk, MT(ASCP)

  • Carrie Rich, MLS(ASCP)CM

  • Ellen Libby, MS, MT; MLS(ASCP)CM, Program Director

Hem/Genetics

  • Scott Defresne, MD, Pathologist

Hematology/Coag

  • Mayur Movalia, MD, Hematopathologist

  • John Kaiser, MD, Pathologist

  • Crystal Azevedo, MT (ASCP), SH

  • Orin Buetens, MD, Pathologist

  • Joe Arsenault, MLS(ASCP)

  • Jennifer Tupper, MT (ASCP)

  • Denise Jones, MLS (ASCP)

Microbiology

  • Jennifer Long, MT (ASCP)

  • Marilyn Hintz, MS, MT (ASCP), Micro Supervisor

  • Karen Thibodeau, MT (ASCP)

  • Denise Levesque, MT (ASCP)

Parasitology/Mycology

  • April Ames, MLS (ASCP)CM

  • Phlebotomy

  • Jason Hager, PBT (ASCP)CM

QA/QC

  • Christopher Rabideau, MBA, MLS (ASCP)CM, Business Operations Manager

Urinalysis

  • Kristen Murray (ASCP)CM

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Observation:

The applicant student must be able to accurately observe demonstrations and exercises in which biological fluids are and products are being tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological and immunohematological components. The applicant/student should be able to characterize color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products. These determinations might be made by the aid of simple and complex instruments and microscopes. In summary, the applicant/student must be able to possess functional use of the senses of smell and vision and somatic sensation.

Communication:

Applicants/students must be able to communicate orally and in writing. Possess sufficient auditory function to hear phones, pages, instrument and system alarms. The ability to read and comprehend written material is essential in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures. The applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the healthcare team.

Psychomotor Skills:

Applicants/students must have sufficient motor function to perform all tasks that are normally expected within the scope of practice for the practitioner in the workplace. For example, students must be able to possess the psychomotor skills to collect blood specimens, manipulate instruments that require eye-hand coordination, perform manual laboratory procedures with dexterity and ability to operate computers.

Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities:

Applicants/students must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, integrate, and apply information. The applicant/student should be able to use sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance and problem solve unexpected observations or outcomes of laboratory test procedures.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

Applicant/students must possess the emotional health required to use their intellectual abilities fully, such as exercising sound judgment, promptly completing all responsibilities, being able to work in a changing and stressful environment, displaying flexibility and functioning independently in the face of uncertainties or problems that might arise.

Ethical Standards:

Applicants/students must demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in dealing with peers, faculty, staff, and patients.

Academic Performance:

Applicants/students must be able to obtain relevant information from lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions or exercises, clinical laboratory practicums and independent study assignments. The applicants/students must be able to use computer-based examinations to assess and improve educational outcomes of the program. The student will be expected to sit for examinations, both written and oral, complete written assignments, deliver presentations, and perform required laboratory practice with and without supervision.

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As a student in the Program you are now considered a member of the health care team. Your behavior and attitude reflect on the Medical Center, your co-workers, and the profession.

Therefore, the following rules should guide your behavior as a student and throughout your professional life. As professionals you will:

  • Maintain the highest degree of honesty and integrity

  • Accept responsibility for your work and the prompt reporting of results

  • Demonstrate respect for the rights of patients by keeping confidential all information concerning them

  • Comply with all health, fire, and safety regulations

  • Maintain a courteous relationship with patients, physicians, and staff

  • Assume responsibility for self-improvement through participation in continuing education programs and other learning activities

  • Comply with all regulations applying to employees in the work place

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Academic Reasons for Dismissal

Should the Officials of the Program feel that a student’s academic performance is so poor as to be at risk for dismissal for academic reasons, the student will be placed on six weeks probation and his/her academic advisor informed immediately. Within the first several days of the probation period, the academic advisor and Program Officials will meet to discuss the problem. Plans for remedial assistance will be made and implemented by the Program Officials. Every effort will be made to restore the student to good academic standing. If, at the end of the probation period and remedial assistance, the student has not shown an improvement, he/she will be dismissed from the Program. If the student shows improvement, he/she will continue in the program without jeopardy.

Academic Standards

A student must achieve a grade of 70 in each clinical laboratory rotation and a final grade of 70 in each course to fully complete the Program. If a student is exhibiting a trend of less than 70 in either the didactic or clinical of a course, he/she will be subject to probation.

Other Reason for Dismissal

Breach of good conduct will be considered a serious offense and, depending on severity, may result in immediate dismissal from the program, subject to the grievance process outlined. Probationary or dismissal procedures may be instituted by Program Officials at any time for the following reasons:

  1. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations as outlined in the Laboratory Employee Handbook.

  2. Lack of emotional maturity and stability appropriate to the profession.

  3. Inability to work with co-workers, supervisors, and peers.

  4. Deliberate misrepresentation of laboratory results.

  5. Cheating on quizzes or exams.

  6. Inability to cope with stress of the profession.

  7. Representing someone else’s work as one’s own.

If the action leading to probationary dismissal procedures is found not to have been caused by or the fault of the student, he/she shall be returned to good standing and the record of the action will be removed from the student's file.

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Download the Northern Light Health's policy on Professional Appearance

For more information please contact Ellen Libby, Program Director, at 207-973-7616 or at emmcmlsprogram@northernlight.org

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Opportunities may be available for training and employment as a lab assistant and/or specimen processing sections of the laboratory during the summer and school year.

For more information please contact Ellen Libby, Program Director, at 207-973-7616 or at emmcmlsprogram@northernlight.org

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