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Program Overview

The Vanderbilt Clinic sponsors the Medical Laboratory Science program, which operates within the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology and the VUMC Diagnostic Laboratories. Medical technologists, also known as medical laboratory scientists, are trained in all major clinical pathology areas including Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Hemostasis and Thrombosis, Immunopathology, Immunohematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis & Body Fluids, Molecular Diagnostics and Management/Supervisory skills. Training includes both didactic and practical experiences.

Laboratory & classroom space is located in the School of Medicine, and additional space is assigned throughout the Diagnostic Labs for student use. There is also space within the Vanderbilt Clinic that is designated as the Medical Laboratory Science office and library. The Program officials include a Medical Director, Program Director/Education Supervisor and faculty from each area of the laboratory who are experts in their respective fields.

Classes begin the first week of June and continue until the end of June the following year. Orientation is held during the first week of class and provides an opportunity  for students to become acquainted with fellow students and faculty members. Course work during this week consists of an introduction and review of basic laboratory operations and skills.

Students are required to be present on a full time basis throughout the year of training. Classes in the first six months run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday -Friday. Clinical rotation hours will vary according to the individual laboratory sections and includes some rotation time on evening and night shifts.

Upon satisfactory completion of the training program, a certificate of completion is awarded to the student. The course of study during the clinical year may be credited towards a baccalaureate degree where an affiliation between the student's college or university and the Medical Center exists. In the situation where an affiliation does not exist, credit may be negotiated.

Students completing the year of training are eligible for the national certification by examination through agencies such as the American Society of Clinical Pathologist Board of Certification (BOC). Upon receipt of national certification, the graduate becomes eligible for state licensure by the Tennessee Department of Health, Medical Laboratory Board.

MLS Program Handbook

Programmatic information and policies can be accessed in the 2019-2020MLS Program Handbook or the 2020-2021 MLS Program Handbook