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Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Rotation (Arizona)

Program overview

Duration: 4-5 weeks
Class size: Varies
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Students enrolled in a medical laboratory science program at Arizona State University (ASU) may complete a clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

To participate, you must be enrolled in the final year of your education. You must successfully finish your required coursework at ASU before you are eligible to complete your clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Qualified candidates typically have these characteristics:

  • Aptitude for the basic sciences, computers and instrumentation
  • Ability to work quickly and carefully
  • Self-sufficient, precise and thorough
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability under pressure
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Upon successful completion of your clinical rotations and other requirements of your home program, you receive a bachelor's degree from your home university.

Graduates are eligible to take the national medical laboratory technician examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.

How to apply

1. Online application. Complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences online application.

2. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received four weeks prior to the start date of the scheduled clinical rotation.

Curriculum

During the last year of your bachelor's degree program in medical laboratory science, you may participate in more than one clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic.

Through our well-planned and supervised rotation, you gain experience in these key areas of laboratory science:

  • Chemistry. The chemical analysis of blood and body fluids.
  • Hematology and coagulation. The study of the cellular components of blood and the mechanisms of hemostasis (blood clotting).
  • Serology and immunology. The detection, measurement and identification of antigens or antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the introduction of a foreign substance.
  • Microbiology. The culture, identification and susceptibility testing of agents of infectious disease (viruses, parasites, bacteria and fungi) by traditional biochemical techniques and molecular methods.
  • Immunohematology. The science and technology used to prepare blood products and determine suitability of blood products for transfusion.
  • Urinalysis. The analysis of urine for cells, casts, protein, cholesterol and glucose to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections, stone formation and other diseases.

You may also experience enrichment laboratory rotations in histocompatibility, molecular pathology and the OR lab.

Hours

For the majority of the clinical rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. Hours vary from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the affiliated university or college at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic does not charge additional fees.

You are responsible for your own living accommodations and transportation.

You may hold outside employment during the training program if it does not conflict your program responsibilities.