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RGH Medical Laboratory Science Program FAQs

  1. What is the advantage of participating in a Program utilizing two large sites?
    The clinical year is the professional component of your medical laboratory scientist degree. It is your chance to maximize your exposure to a wide range of experiences! Rotating at two large state-of-the-art laboratories presents a rich and unique opportunity to experience a tremendous range of clinical material both normal and abnormal, to see up-to-date instrument systems and more unusual testing modalities, and to be exposed to experienced and knowledgeable faculty at both sites. Small rotational groups within each division still ensure individualized attention. Graduates are excellently prepared after such extensive education.

  2. How does payment of tuition work?
    Tuition for the clinical year at Rochester General Hospital is generally tied to the current State University of New York (SUNY) undergraduate full time in-state tuition. Some affiliated colleges wish the student to pay the Program directly; other affiliates wish the student to pay tuition to the college, and the Program to then bill the college.

  3. When is tuition due?
    Tuition bills are prepared in the fall (1/2) and mid-winter the following year (1/2).

  4. When does the program start?
    The program usually begins the first working Monday in August. Every few years the start date will be the second working Monday in August because the calendar progresses ahead each year; an adjustment needs to be made. Graduation takes place 45 weeks later, in June of the following year.

  5. Do students obtain final grades at the end of the program?
    Yes. A final transcript is prepared with a grade for each major discipline. These transcripts are mailed to the college registrars on graduation day in June, and the clinical year is then posted on the student’s transcript, in fulfillment of degree requirements. Please note that the final semester hours and credits are decided upon, and granted by, the college or university since the academic affiliate is the degree-granter.

  6. When do students take the national certifying exam which is also the NYS licensure exam?
    Students are eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification exam after graduation from the Program. Most students will sit the exam within 1-6 weeks after finishing Program, although some wait a little longer if they have extenuating circumstances. We urge students to review thoroughly and sit the exam shortly after graduation.

  7. When can graduates start doing clinical work as Medical Laboratory Scientists?
    In New York State, individuals must have a license to work as a technologist and report patient results. Graduates should work with their employers as well as New York State to decide which permit is right for them. Please reference the NYS Department of Education, Office of the Profession for details on current MLS licensure. 

  8. What are employment opportunities and outlook?
    They are excellent. With increasing numbers of retirements, increased laboratory testing, and an aging population, the demand for qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists is strong. Many graduates of our program elect to stay within the greater Rochester health care community and build rewarding careers. Others join other health systems, attend graduate school, or join large instrument manufacturers/vendors, or biotechnology companies.