Laboratory Education

Our programs

Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
(Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist)
The Medical Laboratory Science program at HCMC has received a seven year NAACLS re-accreditation via an on-site inspection in 2010. The program currently has five university affiliates that it accepts students for internships.

Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)
The Phlebotomy Technician Program at HCMC (a 12-week certificate program) has received a four year approval from NAACLS and is licensed by the State of Minnesota Office of Higher Education. See further information. The lab also serves as a clinical site for phlebotomy students from the College of St. Catherine in addition to teaching phlebotomy skills to many HCMC employees.

The laboratory programs at HCMC are conducted under the guidelines of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018; phone 773-714-8880).

NAACLS is an international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the medical laboratory sciences and related health professions.

The HCMC Laboratories provide comprehensive laboratory services in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. The state-of-the-art laboratories are staffed by more than 180 FTEs, plus 10 medical staff members (pathologists/PhDs), who perform and analyze more than 3 million lab tests per year. The central lab supports several ancillary labs (off-site and on-site clinics and point-of-care settings), offering students outstanding educational environments in both large and small laboratory settings.

The laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and the American Association of Clinical Chemists/College of American Pathologists (AACC/CAP) for forensic drug testing.

Additional resources

Blood banks

American Association of Blood Banks
This website includes information about transfusion and transplantation medicine. It is dedicated to encouraging blood, tissue and organ donation for education.

America's Blood Centers
America's Blood Center is the national network of non-profit, independent community blood centers. America's Blood Center members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Memorial Blood Centers of MN This website provides information regarding blood donations in the Minneapolis and St. Paul communities. There is an educational section regarding blood banking.

General laboratory websites

American Society of Clinical Pathologists
The American Society of Clinical Pathologists is a non-profit medical society organized exclusively for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Their site touches on new regulations, career opportunities, educational resourses, and has a members only section.

American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) is an organization for clinical laboratory science practitioners. There site provides unique educational opportunities online as well as forums for various pertinent topics.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This federal health agency site is a remarkable repository of health topics and statistics. There also is a museum of health care.

National Institute of Health
This department founded in 1887 has set its mission to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. The site has information for federal research grants, as well as information on current research information.

Immunology

Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists
This is a site for technologists specialized in immunology. The site has information about membership, standards, educational opportunities, etc.

Cytometry

Purdue Cytometry Laboratories This site has teaching materials for those interested in flow cytometry.