Curriculum

Upon completion of the program the student will demonstrate entry level skills for routine laboratory procedures in the clinical areas of chemistry, hematology, blood bank, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis, and phlebotomy.

Lectures:

Students are expected to attend all didactic sessions.

Clinical Rotations:

Attendance is required. Makeup for missed laboratory time is scheduled at the instructor's discretion and convenience to accommodate the student's fulfillment of the course objectives. Vacation days and days beyond the scheduled school year may be utilized as makeup days if necessary.

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CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY - 7 credits

A comprehensive study of the principles, methodology, and pathological states in hematology and hemostasis- Lectures and laboratory practice

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY - 7 credits

A comprehensive study of the principles and techniques of diagnostic microbiology, mycology, and parasitology- Lectures and laboratory practice

CLINICAL IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY - 7 credits

Lectures and laboratory practice in the fundamental techniques used in blood grouping and cross-matching proceeding to advanced studies of human blood groups, theory and practice in special problems, and advanced techniques.

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY - 7 credits

Lectures and laboratory exercises in basic techniques of clinical chemistry proceeding to advanced theories and methodology including theory and techniques in immunochemistry

CLINICAL MICROSCOPY AND SPECIAL TOPICS - 4 credits

Lectures and laboratory practice in the microscopic examination of urine and body fluids. Lectures and practice in management, research, education theory and methods, and a Capstone Project.

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Each student is required to maintain a minimum grade of 70% in each lecture series and laboratory rotation. Any student failing to maintain this minimum grade will be placed on probation until the grade is raised to the acceptable level. Any student unable to raise his/her grade to 70% is subject to dismissal from the program. Grades in each course are a combination of written and practical examinations, and a performance evaluation.

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Students have off the six observed hospital holidays plus one week of vacation in December and in March. Students are also allowed four personal days for job and school interviews. These days are to be scheduled in advance with the instructor and program director so that missed education experiences can be made up.

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The clinical year contains a lecture portion that lasts 12 weeks. The lectures weeks are 40-hour weeks that are generally 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. These lectures will include wet lab portions when applicable. There are generally one to two exams during each lecture week.

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Sample of schedule of clinical roatations

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The beginning of the clinical year is a two-week phlebotomy training course. This includes two days of lecture and collection training and six days of patient drawing. There is a written exam at the conclusion of this portion.

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The majority of the clinical year takes place within Northern Light Laboratory.  Certain rotations do occur at other locations. The patient drawing portions of the phlebotomy training occur at the Union Street Drawing Station in the Northern Light Health Center in Bangor as well as the EMMC Drawing Station on the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center campus. There are also short rotations at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute Drawing Station in Brewer and the flow cytometry and genetics lab in Dahl Chase Pathology Labs.

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Graduates of the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Medical Laboratory Science are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) MLS Certification exam. Graduation from the certificate program at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is not contingent on passing any national registry exam.

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