Clinical Placement Procedure

The last semester for Medical Laboratory Science students is 23 weeks in a clinical setting. Students are expected to notify the department one semester prior to when they wish to begin their clinical experience. To be eligible for clinical placement, students must have completed all prerequisite courses and must have met the criteria for the professional phase of the program. Placement slots are divided between two semesters in the year; one starting in Winter semester and one starting in Summer semester. The student’s placement slot will be determined by the Program Director.

Step 1 — Submit Preferences.

In the second semester of professional courses, students will be asked to submit their top 3 preferences for placement.  There is no guarantee that these requests can be honored however, every effort will be made to do so.

Step 2 — Gather Required Documentation.

During this same semester, the student must submit to the Program Director or Clinical Facility:
a.Proof of Health Insurance
b.Immunization history as required by affiliate
d.Student Passport Alliance Online Orientation program (to clinical facility prior to start of practicum)

STEP 3 - Complete a background check .

Most hospital affiliates require a certified background check prior to the start of the clinical practicum.  SVSU provides access to a certified background check program for the students.  It is the student’s responsibility to order the background check and present it to the clinical facility if required.  All fees associated with the background check are the student’s responsibility.

If Clinical Placement Cannot Be Guaranteed

The program admits only the number of students for which there is an adequate number of clinical placement slots.

However, should a situation exist where there are more students than available clinical places, the following criteria will be used to rank the students for placement. Those students who are denied placement for that semester will be offered a placement slot in the following year.

1. GPA in professional courses
2.75-2.99 = .25
3.00-3.29 = .50
3.30-3.49 = .75
3.5-4.0 = 1.0

2. Laboratory performance in MLS courses
Acceptable 75%-80% of labs attended = .50
Good (occasional absence, usually excused) = .75
Excellent (no absences)= 1.0

3. Overall SVSU GPA
2.75-2.99 = .25
3.00-3.29 = .50
3.30-3.49 = .75
3.5-4.0 = 1.0