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Franciscan Alliance Hospitals Hammond Health Professionals School of Medical Laboratory Science
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School of Medical Laboratory Science

Franciscan St. Margaret Health - in conjunction with Franciscan Alliance, and Alverno Clinical Labs - offers a one-year internship program for Medical Laboratory Science students. The program is designed to train either 3+1 or 4+1 students who have completed all their required college prerequisites.

The curriculum consists of both didactic and laboratory sessions, with emphasis on the clinical hands-on teaching to include all areas of the laboratory. During their internship, students are expected to be in class Monday through Friday, eight hours a day. Classroom study is divided between the Hammond Campus and PCL/Alverno Clinical Labs on Inter-State Plaza, off Indianapolis Boulevard, across from the Tri-State bus station. Students receive written and practical exams at frequent intervals throughout the year. Upon completion of the internship, students are expected to sit for a national board of registry exam.


The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). You may contact NAACLS for more information about Medical Laboratory Science at

Application and Admission

Students may either receive applications from their college counselors, the director of the program at Franciscan St. Margaret, or download here.

Once completed, applications are sent back to the director of the Medical Technology program. All application material must be received before Dec. 1 of each year. Official transcripts, letters of intent and the application fee must be sent along with the application. Personal interviews are conducted with each viable candidate and are usually scheduled after the application packet has been received by the director. Interviews are conducted from October through the middle of December.

Once a candidate has completed all the required elements for admission, they will be scored on both academic and non-academic information gathered from all the requested materials and the interview. The scoring will be weighted in the following manner: Academic criteria will count for approximately 50% of the total score. Non-academic criteria, including the interview, the letter of intent and related job experience, will account for the other 50%.

Acceptable students will be ranked in order of total scores with the six highest-scoring candidates being offered the first six positions. All other acceptable candidates will be placed on an alternate list and may be accepted if any of the first six candidates declines a position. In cases of a tie between two candidates, demographics and the interview process may be used as the tiebreaker.

In order to apply, candidates should have both a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 and a science GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Typically, six students are chosen every year to begin the internship. Candidates are notified of their acceptance in early January of the year they are to begin the internship. Classes normally begin in August and run through the following June.


NAACLS now requires clinical programs to make available outcome measurements for the past 3 years. Our program has a 100% graduation rate for those entering the final half of the clinical program, a 100% first time pass rate on the ASCP-BOC exam, a 100% employment rate upon graduation and a 0% attrition rate. We are pleased to say that about 63% of students that have graduated our program in the last 10 years are still working for our corporation and many of those have gone on to take leadership positions with us.


Program Resources

For more information, call (219) 932-2300, ext. 34199.

3 + 1 Affiliations

Currently, Franciscan St. Margaret's Medical Laboratory Science program is affiliated with the following colleges in order to take 3+1 students:

  • Ball State University
    Muncie, IN
  • Indiana State University
    Terre Haute, IN
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • St. Joseph's College
    Rensselaer, IN
  • Purdue University Calumet
    Hammond, IN
  • Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Eastern Illinois University
    Charleston, IL
  • Manchester University
    West Manchester, IN
  • University of St. Francis
    Joliet, IL