School of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • School of Clinical Laboratory Science  

    Medical laboratory scientists are vital health care detectives, uncovering and providing information that assists physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention. Such information is generated through the performance of routine and complex laboratory analyses on blood and body fluids.

    Medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers and methods requiring manual dexterity. Laboratory testing encompasses disciplines such as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology and microbiology.

    St. John's Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science, founded in 1915, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; telephone: 773-714-8880; www.naacls.org.

    The 44-week program is recognized by ten college/university academic affiliates as fulfilling the senior year baccalaureate degree requirements. The program curriculum consists of didactic and clinical components. The didactic segment includes lectures in the various disciplines of clinical laboratory science. The clinical component consists of a formal hands-on rotational schedule into each section of the laboratory for a specified number of weeks. Students must be able to attend school on a full-time basis (Monday-Friday). The program, which begins each year in July, has a maximum student capacity of six.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a certificate from St. John's Hospital School of Clinical Laboratory Science as a graduate medical laboratory scientist and a baccalaureate degree from the affiliated college/university, if applicable. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the ASCP Board of Certification for certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS (ASCP)CM. Granting of the certificate or degree is not contingent upon passing a certification examination.

    The Program  

    Program Director: Gilma Roncancio-Weemer, MS, MLS, at gilma.roncancio-weemer@hshs.org 

    More than 30 certified medical laboratory scientists, specialists, and pathologists provide didactic and individual clinical instruction throughout the 44-week program.