Application for Admission to Clinical Programs
Students should make application to clinical programs at the beginning of the junior year for programs that start in the Summer and June for programs that begin in January. The initial letter should contain information on present student status and should be reasonably brief. The clinical programs will respond by sending the student application forms to fill out and return. In addition, the clinical programs will request a copy of the student's transcript, two or more letters of recommendations from university instructors, a list of courses planned and in progress at the time of application. A copy of the results of a general health examination is also usually requested by the clinical officials.
The student must be prompt in returning requested materials to the clinical programs. Unexplained delay may cause the clinical officials to conclude that the student is not interested in their program. In the event that the student decides not to pursue an initial application to a given clinical program, notification to the clinical officials must be given immediately upon such decision.
The Clinical Program Interview
If the clinical program officials, after examination of the student's application materials, decide that they are interested in accepting the student, an interview will be extended to the student. Interviews are scheduled at the convenience of both the program director and the student
When attending an interview, the student should:
- Show up on time.
- Be appropriately dressed.
- Be prepared to ask questions about specific items that the student doesn't fully understand or desires more information.
- Take notes of what is presented at the interview so that different programs can be compared.
- Be at ease and completely frank in discussions with the clinical officials.
In the event that a student is invited to an interview, but has decided not to attend that specific clinical program, notification must be made to the clinical program to that effect immediately after the decision is made not to attend that program. Failure to appear at a scheduled interview without prior notification may endanger the University's affiliation and diminish the chances of acceptance for future Southeast students.
In the event that a student is unable to attend the interview on the specific date chosen, notification must be made immediately to the clinical program officials for the purpose of working out a mutually agreeable time for the interview.
The interview, generally, is the last stage of the application process, and the student will be notified by the clinical program officials of the date by which a final decision will be made regarding acceptance.
If a student is notified of being admitted into a clinical program but decides not to accept, notification of that decision must be sent to the clinical program immediately.
Selection of Applicants
Clinical program officials have systematic methods by which they evaluate a student's application materials. The items that are particularly well scrutinized:
- Grade Point Average - overall
- Grade Point Average - science and mathematics
- Letters of Recommendation
- General impression of the student's maturity and seriousness of purpose
- Use of written and spoken English
Many programs give extra weight to an application for:
- Prior experience in a clinical laboratory
- Prior hospital or clinic experience - non-laboratory
- Possessing baccalaureate degree before beginning the clinical year of study
- MLT or CLA training
Admission to a Non-Affiliated Program
In order for a student to attend a non-affiliated clinical program, the following conditions must be met.
- The degree-granting institution offers a bona fide major in Medical Technology, including affiliation agreements with accredited clinical programs.
- The clinical program officials submit catalog descriptions of the courses it offers, including credit hours granted by the degree-granting institution(s) with which there are affiliation agreements.
- The officials of the clinical program are provided with a letter of agreement for the individually-named student, which is signed by the appropriate official(s) of the degree-granting institution and the hospital program specifying:
- That the student has completed all other degree requirements, and will be granted the degree on satisfactory completion of the senior-year professional major courses.
- The degree-granting institution's professional major course numbers, credit hours, and
- The form and mechanism by which official course grades earned by the student will be reported each term by the clinical program official(s) to the degree-granting institution.
- A copy of the letter of agreement is submitted to the NAACLS Executive Office, to be filed in the clinical program and degree-granting institution files.
It is emphasized here that allowance for the acceptance of a student into a clinical program that has no formal affiliation with the student's resident university will involve only exceptional circumstances.