Clinical Year Program (Senior Year)

The Final (Senior) Year of the Baccalaureate degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences

The Clinical Year Program is also open to qualified applicants who meet the pre-requisites, such as post-baccalaurate students and guest sutdents from affiliated colleges/universities (see Guest Student Senior Clinical Year Program). 

For admissions requirements to the Clinical Year Program refer to Admissions & Applications.

The Clinical Year is comprised of...

47 credits and is divided into two distinct sections:

  • Didactic portion (lecture and student laboratory)

  • Practicum portion


The Clinical Year always begins in the Fall! 

Due to the highly structured, sequential nature of the Program, it cannot be started at any other time. 

The curriculum for the Clinical Year follows:


Fall Semester (Didactic -- AU Campus)

Spring Semester


Course Number Course Title CR
MLSC401  Clinical Year Seminar & Research Methodology  0
MLSC411 Hematology  3
MLSC421  Clinical Immunology & Molecular Diagnostics  2
MLSC431  Clinical Bacteriology  4
MLSC441  Immunohematology  3
MLSC451  Clinical Chemistry  4
Total Credits:   16

Summer Semester (Practicum -- Clinical sites)

The Didactic Portion, taught on the Berrien Springs campus, consists of lectures and student laboratories.  The duration of this portion of the Clinical Year Program is one and a half semesters: Fall Semester and half of Spring Semester.  The didactic portion typically begins at the end of August and concludes at the end of February.

Course Number Course Title CR


First Session (Didactic -- AU campus)

MLSC400  Specimen Procurement & Processing -- Lecture & Lab  1
MLSC405  Clinical Year Seminar & Research Project  1
MLSC412 Hemostasis  1
MLSC432  Clinical Mycology & Parasitology  2
MLSC442  Transfusion Medicine  2
MLSC452  Clinical Chemistry II  2
MLSC461  Body Fluids  1
MLSC475  Medical Laboratory Management Concepts  2


Second Session (Practicum -- Clinical Sites)

MLSC433 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 4
Total Credits:   16

The Practicum Portion of the Clinical Year is the culmination of a Medical Laboratory Scientist's undergraduate training.  It consists of practical hands-on experience where students work side by side with practicing laboratory professionals in patient healthcare at one of our affiliate hospitals or clinical laboratory sites, located across the United States (see the list of affiliated Clinical Sites below).  Since this is a learning and credit earning experience, regular tuition is due during the practicum.

  • The practicum portion of the Clinical Year follows the preparatory didactic portion and is 20 weeks long

  • Typically starts at the beginning of March and ends the last Friday of July

  • Advancement into the practicum portion is dependent on meeting the following criteria:


Course Number Course Title CR
MLSC413   Hematology and Hemostasis Practicum  4
MLSC423  Clinical Immunology Practicum  1
MLSC443  Clinical Immunohematology Practicum  4
MLSC453  Clinical Chemistry Practicum  4
MLSC463  Body Fluids Practicum  1
MLSC493 Practicum Project 1
Total Credits:   15

Requirements for Clinical Practicum Placement:

  • GPA:  Minimum of 2.50

  • Recommendations:  Recomendation of the faculty

  • Transportation:  Must have available independent transportation to clinical practicum rotations.  (Public transportation is not available at all clinical sites and many sites will include rotations at another facility.)

  • Student Trainee License:  Must be willing to submit an application and pay fee for trainee license if required by the state where clinical practica experience is assigned.

  • Social Security Number:  Must have a United States Social Security Number.

  • Criminal Background Check:  Must provide an acceptable crimincal background check on the first day of classes of the Spring Semester of the Clinical Year.

  • Drug Screen:  Must provide an acceptable drug screen on the first day of classes of the Spring Semester of the Clinical Year.

  • Medical Clearance:  Must submit the "Statement of Medical Clearance" form signed by a health care provider on the first day of classes of the Spring Semester of the Clinical Year.

  • Immunizations:  Must submit the "Documentation of Immunizations/Immune Status" form signed by a health care provider on the first day of classes of the Spring Semester of the Clinical Year.

A very attractive feature of our Clinical Year Program is that the clinical site assignments are guaranteed for students who complete the didactic portion of the Program satisfactorily and meet the advancement criteria.

Clinical assignments are made in December, at the end of the Fall Semester

Students rank clinical site preferences on a preference selection form provided by the MLS Department once the affiliated clinical sites indicate whether they will be accepting students. 

Although students are not guaranteed their first choice, careful consideration is given to each student's preferences and granted whenever feasible. 

Assignments also depend upon recommendations by the faculty and the educational coordinators of the clinical affiliates. 

The List of our Affiliated Clinical Sites

Note: that not all clinical affiliates accept students each year.

Upon successful completion of the didactic and practicum portion of the Clinical Year Program, students are eligible to write the United States national professional certification exam in order to work as a certified medical laboratory scientist. 

The certification exam is offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Note: Some states require a separate license in order to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. 

Affiliated Clinical Sites  Location
Adventist HealthCare Laboratories (Quest Diagnostics): Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Rockville, Maryland
Adventist HealthCare Laboratories (Quest Diagnostics): Washington Adventist Hospital Takoma Park, Maryland
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Hinsdale, Illinois
Centura Laboratories at  Porter Adventist Hospital Denver, Colorado
Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital  Florence, Alabama
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center  Sebring, Florida
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center  Daytona Beach, Florida
Florida Hospital Orlando  Orlando, Florida
Florida Hospital Tampa Tampa, Florida
Grandview Hospital and Medical Center  Dayton, Ohio
Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital  La Porte, Indiana
Lakeland Regional Health System St. Joseph, Michigan
Memorial Health Care Systems Chattanooga  Chattanooga, Tennessee
Memorial of South Bend  South Bend, Indiana
Shawnee Mission Medical Center Shawnee  Mission, Kansas
South Bend Medical Foundation  South Bend, Indiana
Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth, Texas