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Medical Laboratory Technician Clinical Rotation (Florida)

Program overview

Duration: 6 months
Class size: 1 student
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville may complete a clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

To participate in the clinical rotation, you must be in the final year at Florida State College's Medical Laboratory Technology Program. The prerequisites for that program are defined by Florida State College. You must successfully complete required pre-professional and professional college coursework before you are eligible to begin the clinical rotation.

Upon successful completion of the clinical rotation, you receive an associate degree from Florida State College. Graduates are eligible to take the national medical laboratory technician examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.

Florida licensure

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.

How to apply

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

  1. Online application. Complete the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences online application.
  2. 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
    Phone: 904-953-2863
    Fax: 904-953-2096
    Email: vansiclen.carleen@mayo.edu

Curriculum

In the last year of your associate degree program in medical laboratory technology, you may participate in a six-month clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic.

During the 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.
  • Phlebotomy. The collection and preparation of patient blood samples for laboratory testing.
  • 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.

Hours

For the majority of the rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week, from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Any changes must be approved by the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology education manager.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to Florida State College at Jacksonville. 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.

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