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  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Medical Laboratory Sciences


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.5

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Medical Laboratory Sciences majors require a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses required for their major to be considered for admission to the practicum at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, or most other hospitals in their senior year.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: BIO 426

Contact Information: Seanna Annis, Coordinator of Medical Laboratory Sciences, 13 Deering Hall, (207) 581-2621, sannis@maine.edu


Students in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology) prepare to become medical laboratory scientists who work in the laboratory/diagnostic sector of the health professions industry and in research laboratories. Graduates have high levels of employment and can work across the United States. Students enroll as pre-medical laboratory science students and apply for formal admission to the program after completing three semesters of study. Admission is not automatic and depends on academic performance and aptitude for the field. Medical laboratory science students are on campus for three academic years and then spend the senior year in a ten to twelve-month practicum at an accredited medical center. While students are studying at their practicum location, they follow the policies and procedures for the practicum institution.  Students are required to cover all costs associated with attending the practicum.  The University of Maine is affiliated with the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, ME, the School of Medical Technology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and the Clinical Laboratory Scientist program at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Juniors in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program apply directly to the practicum programs at our affiliated schools or other accredited programs for admission to the practicum. Obtaining admission to medical facilities offering a practicum is a competitive process and a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in the sciences to be considered for admission to most practicum programs. Completing coursework at the University of Maine does not guarantee a position in a practicum.  For enrollment in a practicum program, students must successfully undergo a health check, a criminal background check and a drug test at some practicum schools.  Laboratories hiring graduates of these programs will also conduct criminal background checks and require drug testing.  After completing the practicum, students are eligible to take the national accreditation examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

For the BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a minimum grade of “C” is required in BIO 100 and BIO 208.

Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences must earn a score of 4 or 5 in order to receive advanced placement credit for BIO 100.

Specific Requirements

Students may earn the BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences by completing the curriculum outlined as follows. A minimum of 16 credits of chemistry is required by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Science. The senior year practicum meets the requirement for the General Education Capstone Experience and Writing Intensive in the major.

Curriculum for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences


Courses are arranged in the recommended sequence according to their prerequisites. See the Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program for variations in the order of the courses.

First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - First Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


Third Year - First Semester


Fourth Year


Practicum in Medical Laboratory Sciences at Eastern Maine Medical Center or Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital or other accredited program. Credits: 32

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