How to Apply — Integrated Clinical Laboratory Science Program at St. Vincent Medical Center

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must be enrolled at one of our affiliated schools: Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, University of Findlay, Youngstown State University OR have a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical, physical, biological science or medical technology which includes the following prerequisites.

Completion of 90 semester (135 quarter) hours of college level courses, including:

  • Chemistry: 16 semester or 24 quarter hours to include organic and/or biochemistry. 
  • Biology: 16 semester or 24 quarter hours including microbiology and immunology. Immunology must be included as part of microbiology or as a separate course. Parasitology, Genetics, Molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology are strongly recommended. 
  • Mathematics: One college-level course. Statistics is strongly recommended. 
  • Recommended courses: Parasitology (highly recommended), instrumentation, physics, quantitative chemistry and computer technology. No survey courses are acceptable as part of the required courses.
  • There is no advance placement, or credit for experiential learning. Appropriate credits will be transferred to our affiliated schools as per affiliation agreements.

Grade Point Average:

  • A minimum of 2.8 in undergraduate work is required. An average of 3.0 or higher is recommended due to the competitive nature of the selection process.

The Program admits students without regard to age, race, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or marital status.

International Students

  • Provide a transcript from the university graduated from and transcript evaluation from one of the services listed in the ASCP certification procedure booklet, available on ASCP website

Procedure For Admission

Application materials must be received at the program by December 1 prior to July entrance the following year.

The following should be sent to the program director:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcript(s) of college credits
  • Two letters of recommendation using this Student Reference Form or Printable Student Reference Form. Print or scan, and deliver this form to your reference. They can either mail or scan and email when complete.

All materials must be sent or emailed to:

Stephanie Damman, MLS (ASCP)
Program Director
Mercy Integrated CLS Program
2222 Cherry Street
Toledo, Ohio 43608
Phone: 419-251-5892

Applications cannot be evaluated until all of the above information is received. The applicant's eligibility for interview is determined by an evaluation, which considers grade point average and trends, courses completed, work experience, personal goals and reference information.

Interviews are scored by members of the admissions committee. Qualities evaluated include: personality characteristics, leadership, sincerity of purpose, knowledge of profession, adaptability, content of goals and ability to communicate.

Program Demands

You have chosen to pursue a health care profession, where honesty and integrity are critical personal characteristics required both in your academic studies and in the practice of the profession of Clinical Laboratory Science. The Essential Functions are the non-academic requirements of the Program, and they comprise physical, emotional, and professional demands required of a medical technologist. Throughout your professional studies, you will be evaluated to assess your ability to meet these standards. The demonstration of these non-academic, professional, entry-level competencies is expected from students.

The Physical Demands required include the ability to:

  • Perform manual laboratory procedures while wearing exam gloves with dexterity.
  • Operate state-of-the-art instruments, including computers.
  • Use a microscope and discriminate colors, patterns and structural detail of microscopic specimens.
  • Perform delicate manipulations which require good eye-hand coordination.
  • Bend, reach, sit and move freely about the lab
  • Sit, read, listen and write for extended period of time.
  • Tolerate appearance and odor of laboratory specimen

The Emotional Demands required include the ability to:

  • Perform laboratory procedures accurately and quickly even under stressful conditions.
  • Exercise independent judgment and to think logically in the performance of one's duties.
  • Organize and to assume responsibility for one's work be flexible, creative and adaptable to change.

The Professional Demands required include the ability to:

  • Communicate in a professional, positive, tactful manner with patients, physicians, nurses, other health care and non-health care employees, and fellow laboratory personnel.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of one's laboratory responsibilities.
  • Perform laboratory tests carefully while maintaining efficiency and organization.
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Project a well-groomed, neat appearance.