The Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program, established in 1956, provides an up-to-date curriculum designed to prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge demanded of a professional medical laboratory scientist.
Parkview is a comprehensive health care facility serving northeastern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. A recognized leader in the health care industry, it is the third largest hospital in Indiana. The campus includes a hospital with over 470 beds, a continuing care center, a behavioral health facility and a cancer center.
The Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Parkview is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is a member of the American Hospital Association and is licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health. Parkview Health Laboratories is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
The mission of the Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program is to provide educational opportunities for qualified students wishing to pursue a career in medical laboratory science and contribute to health care needs in the Fort Wayne and surrounding area. Upon completion of the program, the students may earn a baccalaureate degree and are eligible to sit for national and state certification examinations.
Philosophy of the Program
The program is based on principles which prepare students to maintain the highest ideals of the Medical Laboratory Scientist profession.
A professional medical laboratory scientist is one who provides the physician with the scientific data necessary to aid in restoration of the sick to a healthy mind and body.
The student must acquire skill, knowledge and understanding, as well as a sense of responsibility through observation, performance of laboratory tests, research and application of these tests to real situations.
The program is designed to prepare graduates to perform as professional members of a total health care team in any medical laboratory environment. Carefully planned rotation of classroom lectures and hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art medical laboratory prepares students to meet the challenges of society’s health care needs.
Through this program, students gain valuable experience in both a hospital laboratory and reference laboratory.
Computerized laboratory facilities provide a full range of services to enhance the educational process. With the support provided by phlebotomy teams and a client response center, the educational process is enhanced by the variety of cases from the services offered by Parkview Regional Medical Center. The Parkview Regional Medical Center offer services through our adult and pediatric trauma centers, a primary care stroke center, oncology center, surgical care center, and behavioral health center.
The Parkview Regional Medical Center lab is staffed by 180 employees, including seven full-time pathologists and more than 70 certified technologists. A library offers students a wide variety of reference materials, journals and electronic media.
Classes begin each year in July. The program is 11 months in length. Two (2) weeks of Christmas vacation and one week of spring vacation are granted.
The following holidays are observed:
· Labor Day
· Day after Thanksgiving
· New Year’s Day
All preclinical Medical Laboratory Science requirements must be completed before entering the program. The following are required of all applicants.
1. 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biology, including a course in microbiology and a course in immunology (either as a separate course or as part of another course)
2. 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry, including at least one course in organic chemistry or biochemistry
3. One course in college-level mathematics
4. 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours)
5. Other recommended courses include quantitative analysis, anatomy and physiology, instrumentation, computer science, management and supervision, genetics, parasitology, medical microbiology, statistics and physics
Technical Standards (Essential Functions)
Technical Standards (Essential Functions) represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that the student must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable. As an applicant to our program, you are requested to read the following technical standards. These standards are written to help facilitate a valid career choice and to ensure that the safety and health of students, the public and other health professionals are not compromised.
Visual Function: Sufficient visual acuity to:
· Identify microscopic structures
· Read charts, graphs, instrument printouts and complete reports and enter computer data
· Observe patient conditions and inspect specimens for suitability
· Operate analytical instruments appropriately and safely
Motor Function: Sufficient fine motor function to:
· Obtain, manipulate, measure specimens safely and with precision
· Manipulate reagents, materials, instruments and analytical equipment according to established standards and procedures, safely and with speed and accuracy
· Perform multiple and repetitive tasks
Interactive Function: Sufficient interactive skill to:
· Effectively report, discuss or explain results to supervisors, physicians and other appropriate personnel
· Maintain a cooperative and productive working relationship with patients and other health professionals
· Exhibit compassion, integrity and concern for others
Emotional Health: Sufficient emotional health to:
· Respond quickly and efficiently in emergency situations
· Function effectively in stressful situations and complete all responsibilities
· Exercise sound judgment, display flexibility
Intellectual Function: Sufficient intellectual function to:
· Calculate, interpret, analyze, reason, evaluate and explain lab results and quality control
· Prepare reagents and materials properly with accuracy, speed and precision
· Solve problems, make critical judgments and initiate corrective action to ensure accuracy and reliability of results in a timely fashion
Upon applying to the Parkview Medical Science Program, international students must provide:
1. Transcript from the college/university that the student graduated from a transcript evaluation of degrees earned from a non-US college or university. This transcript evaluation must be from one of the transcript evaluation services listed in the ASCP certification procedures booklet. You can view and download the document for free at:
2. Documentation of proficiency in English: The student may demonstrate proficiency in English in one of five ways:
a. Transcript of classes taken at an accredited US college or university
b. Successfully challenge the TOEFL exam with a score of at least 80 for the total exam
c. CGE: A minimum of a “B” in English
d. Successfully complete a college level English composition course at an accredited US institution with a minimum grade of “C-”
e. A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS
3. Photocopies of this documentation may be submitted with the application. However, originals will need to be filed with the rest of the student paperwork upon acceptance into the program.
Applicants possessing an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science and experience are eligible for advanced placement in the program’s clinical curriculum. The criteria for advanced placement are available from the program director.
Parkview participates in the CIMLE Indiana Student Preference Match.
Results of the student selections are based on the following criteria:
1. Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
2. Science GPA
5. Other relevant information, including previous hospital or health care experience, college laboratory work, honors and extracurricular activities
Student selection is nondiscriminatory with respect to age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability.
A completed application should be received by December 1 for the class starting the following July. Each applicant is responsible for submitting the following application materials to the program by December 15.
1. An official transcript from each college and/or university attended.
2. One reference from each of the following:
a. Chemistry professor
b. Biology professor
3. An interview to be scheduled by the student. The interview is usually conducted October through December.
4. An overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale and 2.5 in all biology and chemistry courses is needed to be considered for admission. We strongly recommend a GPA of 2.8. In addition, no grade of less than “C-” is accepted for a required chemistry or biology course.
Tuition Fees and Expenses
For a 4 + 1 student or a student attending a college that does not charge tuition, tuition for the year is $3000 and is payable to Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program.
Parkview has a tuition reimbursement agreement with many academic institutions. Students attending those schools pay tuition directly to them.
Current fees are discussed at the interview.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
Students are required to purchase their textbooks.
Lab coats designed to protect from exposure to blood and body fluids are furnished by the hospital. Students will need to purchase and wear royal blue scrubs.
Meals and Housing
Students must furnish their meals and housing. During hospital rotations, meals are available in the hospital cafeteria at personnel discounted rates.
Students are responsible for any health care expenses and are strongly encouraged to have health insurance.
Students are covered under the hospital’s liability insurance policy, although students may elect to purchase individual liability policies.
Each student will be hired by Parkview as Medical Lab Science Students. As such, they will be required to pass a physical that is to be taken up to two weeks before the start of class. This physical will be provided by Parkview at no cost to the student and will include a urine drug screen.
Students who successfully complete the clinical year and pass a final exam will be eligible to sit for the national certification examinations. The Board of Certification exam costs approximately $225.
The refund deadline is three months after the start of classes. Parkview will reimburse 75 percent up to four (4) weeks, 50 percent up to eight (8) weeks, and 25 percent up to 12 weeks after start of class. No refund is made following this deadline.
Book fees are not refundable. Refunds for students paying tuition to affiliated academic institutions will be made under the policies of each institution.
Rules and Regulations
The Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program believes that high standards of performance are a basis for quality education. All students are provided with written copies of school policies at the beginning of each year.
They include the following:
· Students are considered to be “on probation” during the first three months of the clinical year.
· Students are expected to uphold the school’s honor system.
· Students must not obtain a failing grade in more than one course. If the student has a failing grade, the student must still show mastery of the course objectives.
· Daily attendance, Monday through Friday, is required. Normal hours of attendance are usually 6:30am to 3:00pm or 7:00am to 3:00pm. Occasionally, the student may have learning experiences on a different shift.
· Students must remain at the hospital until officially dismissed by the instructor and the Program Director.
· Breaks during class are at the discretion of the instructor.
· Excessive tardiness or absenteeism may lead to probationary status.
A student may be dismissed from the program for:
· Failure to maintain academic standards
· Failure to observe the program’s policies
· Documented evidence of cheating or plagiarism
· Excessive absenteeism
If the student grievance is over an academic issue that is directly involved with the program, the grievance must be discussed with the individual instructor. If the grievance is not resolved, it may be taken to the Program Director for further action. Should a grievance remain, the Medical Director, Faculty Committee, Campus Advisor, and a neutral evaluator may be contacted. If the issue is one that involves work performed on the student’s own time and as an employee of Parkview/Parkview Health Laboratories, then the procedure listed in the Employee Handbook will apply.
Since Parkview hires all the students in a non-paid temporary position, students will need to show that they are in conformance with the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, and properly identify themselves and have proof of authorization to work in the United States. Students will have three days upon starting the school year to provide this documentation.
Students will be provided the opportunity to work as hours become available. Hours worked are in addition to the regular student day and are dependent on the amount of work available. Students are not allowed to work more than 16 hours per week. Once they have successfully completed a rotation, they may become a student lab tech.
A two (2) week orientation session includes lectures on the following:
· Infection Control
· Client Sensitivity
· Lab Math
The chemistry series includes nine (9) weeks of lecture and seven (7) weeks of bench that combines chemistry, special chemistry, and immunology. Included in the study is a visit to the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Case studies are presented, and the student must evaluate and correlate test results to obtain a total picture of the patient’s disease state.
Students study the theory and practice of testing for coagulation mechanisms during two (2) weeks of lecture and two (2) weeks of clinical application.
A lecture series will provide students with information on test writing, lecturing, objectives and clinical instruction. Students are required to present a lecture during this time.
Genetics includes one (1) week of lectures in the principles and practices of genetics and one (1) week of clinical study in the genetics laboratory learning to use techniques in chromosome analysis by karyotyping, Fluorescent in-situ hybridization, and Microarray.
Hematology includes a rotation of six (6) weeks of lecture and seven (7) weeks of clinical study. Students gain experience in collecting, staining and counting cells in blood and other body fluids, techniques of sedimentation rates, reticulocytes, hemoglobin and hematocrit determinations, special stains and instrumentation. The series includes extensive study of differentials and observation of bone marrow procedures.
During this time, students spend three (3) weeks in lectures and six (6) weeks in clinical study. Topics include antibody screening and identification, typing, blood banking theory and practice, and component therapy.
This series includes three (3) weeks of lecture and clinical study that is included in the chemistry bench rotation. The bench rotation covers agglutination testing, fluorescent microscopy, and theory and practice of testing for immune response, both acquired and autoimmune, to invasion by bacterial and viral agents.
A lecture series covering management functions such as scheduling, budgeting, and regulations/compliance is conducted.
Students devote seven (7) weeks of lecture and eight (8) weeks of clinical application to microbiology. Topics include diagnostic theory and practice, infection control, instrumentation, media preparation, mycobacteriology, mycology, susceptibility testing and virology.
Students are presented three (3) weeks of lecture and one (1) week of clinical work covering the theory and practice of parasite identification. This includes identification of those parasites that infect humans.
Following completion of phlebotomy lectures, students spend three (3) weeks in clinical phlebotomy.
Students have a lecture series on statistics, method evaluation and research techniques.
This session includes two (2) weeks of lecture and two (2) weeks of clinical study. During this course, students study chemical techniques, gastric analysis, instrumentation, microscopic techniques, routine urinalysis and special testing.
Special rotations are planned to give the student understanding of other departments and services that the laboratory interacts with. These rotations include visits to Histology, Client Response, and the blood bank at the American Red Cross.
Graduation and Certification
Students must pass a final exam to successfully complete the Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program.
Upon completion, students receive a graduation certificate. They are then eligible to pursue certifications offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Parkview Medical Laboratory Science Program is affiliated with the following academic institutions:
Anderson University, Anderson, IN
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Manchester College, North Manchester, IN
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Taylor University, Upland, IN
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Purdue University, Calumet, Hammond, IN
Arrangements with additional institutions may be made on an individual basis. Students from affiliated institutions will be given preference unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Applicants with a Bachelor of Science degree from any accredited institution may also be considered for admission if the applicant meets all other admission requirements.
Xiaoying Wan, M.D................................ Medical Director
Brian Goff, M.A., MT(ASCP)................ Program Director; Lecturer: Orientation, Education, Research, Management, Parasitology
Robert Burkardt, M.D., Pathologist........ Lecturer: Hematology
Mary Eklund, MT(ASCP)....................... Genetics
Lisa Neyman, MT(ASCP)....................... Blood Bank
Michelle Nolan, MT(ASCP).................... Blood Bank
Cristina Lantz, MT(ASCP)...................... Chemistry/Special Chemistry/Immunology
Ann Spaulding, MLS(ASCP)CM............ Chemistry/Special Chemistry/Immunology
Paula Giegold, MT(ASCP), SI................ Chemistry/Special Chemistry/Immunology
Vickie Niblick, MT(ASCP)..................... Microbiology/Parasitology
Kimberly Wood, PBT(ASCP)................. Phlebotomy
Melissa VanVlerah, MT(ASCP) ............. Hematology/Urinalysis/Coagulation
For additional information about admission write to:
Brian Goff, MA, MT (ASCP)
Program Director - Clinical Laboratory Science
Parkview Health Laboratories
11109 Parkview Plaza (Map)
Fort Wayne, IN 46845