Program length: 20-32 weeks
Class size: Varies
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Students enrolled in a medical laboratory science program at an affiliated education institution may complete this clinical rotation in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.
Graduation and certification
Upon successful completion of the clinical rotation, you will 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.
To participate, you must be in your final year at one of these affiliated institutions:
Students must successfully complete the required coursework before they are eligible to complete their clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic.
Prospective students are responsible for securing a clinical laboratory technician trainee license prior to their clinical rotation. The registration form can be obtained from the Florida Department of Health's Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.
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
How to apply
Your application and all supporting documentation must be received eight weeks prior to the start date of the scheduled clinical rotation.
- Online application. Complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences online application.
- Supporting documentation. Submit a copy of your Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel's trainee license and unofficial transcripts to:
Carleen P. Van Siclen
Education Coordinator, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Vincent A. Stabile Building, Room 621N
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
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 any 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.
During the last year of your bachelor's degree program in medical laboratory science, you may participate in a six-month 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 can also complete enrichment laboratory rotations in histocompatibility, molecular pathology, and the TEG lab.
For the majority of your clinical rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, four days a week. Any changes must be approved by the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology education coordinator. Hours vary from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Affiliated institutions' medical laboratory science programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.