The B.A. degree in medical laboratory science at Blackburn is a demanding program that draws heavily on the College’s excellent biology and chemistry departments. As a medical laboratory science student, you will spend your first three years at Blackburn where, in addition to general college requirements, you will take courses in human anatomy and physiology, zoology, microbiology, immunology, cell biology (or genetic), chemistry, both organic and inorganic and college algebra. Courses in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, statistics and physics are also strongly recommended.
During your junior year, you will apply to one of our affiliated or approved hospital programs for your fourth and final clinical year. Our current affiliations include St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL, St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN. Students also have the opportunity to apply to other non- affiliated hospital programs. Acceptance into a clinical program will generally require a 2.75 minimum grade point average. With a B.A in medical laboratory science from Blackburn, graduates may begin work in a laboratory. After three years of experience, graduates may want to specialize in areas such as clinical chemistry, hematology, blood banking, etc. The B.A. degree is also a starting point for supervising or directing a medical technology lab and for teaching medical laboratory science to students. The combination of a solid liberal arts background and rigorous clinical and laboratory training will give Blackburn students a real competitive edge in their careers.
Each of our affiliates is fully accredited through the American Medical Association. They provide a quality program utilizing the most modern equipment available in well-staffed laboratories. Once enrolled in a hospital program, you will be attending lectures in clinical laboratory studies and participating in over 1,000 hours of clinical rotation.
Should you want to get lab experience before enrolling in a hospital program, you may elect to take a semester internship at a local hospital such as Carlinville Area Hospital. The Cooperative Education Program at Blackburn may be able to arrange a similar summer job closer to your home.