School of Clinical Laboratory Science

The clinical laboratory science curriculum at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center develops competent professionals, skilled in both theory and practice of laboratory procedures. Providing a backdrop for the clinical experience is a highly automated clinical laboratory, where a wide variety of routine and specialty test procedures are performed daily.


The medical center is licensed for 616 beds, and with a medical staff of greater than 900 physicians and 6000 employees, inpatient, outpatient and reference lab test requests result in over 2.5 million billable tests performed annually.  The Children’s Hospital of Illinois, a 124 bed hospital, is also housed on the campus and represents more than 40 pediatric specialties.  The laboratory employs a full-time equivalent of more than 325 technical and professional personnel to maintain this workload.  Eleven pathologists, a clinical chemist, a microbiologist, and a cytogeneticist are on staff.  The large number of patient specimens along with a wide variety of tertiary specialties such as neonatology, pediatrics, cardiology, trauma, neurology, cancer care, and others enable the medical laboratory science student at OSF Saint Francis to experience a wide variety of clinical specimens and procedures.

In 1932, the School for Laboratory Technicians was formally established at Saint Francis Medical Center when the first requirements for laboratory schools were detailed by the American Medical Association. Today, the School maintains full accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119, 847-939-3597, info@naacls.org

Admission to the OSF Saint Francis School of Clinical Laboratory Science is competitive with a limited number of student positions available annually. Attendance at an affiliated institution does not guarantee placement in the OSF Saint Francis program. Individuals who have already completed a U.S., or equivalent, baccalaureate degree, meeting program prerequisites, may also apply.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the program director with questions regarding admission eligibility based on attendance at an academic institution not directly affiliated with OSF Saint Francis.

Academic Schedule
Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Lectures are scheduled 2 to 3 hours per day; students are in clinical rotations through the laboratory departments each day as well. Each student follows an individualized clinical rotation schedule, allowing one-to-one interaction with their designated instructor.

Classes start in early August with completion in late June each year.  Students will be eligible for certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology through examination by the Board of Certification  upon successful program completion.

Vacation & Holidays
Each student is allocated personal time during the year to be used for sick time, job interviews and absences for other personal reasons. Four additional weeks of vacation are scheduled: one week at Thanksgiving, two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays, and one week each spring.  Additional holidays include Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Health Services and Insurance
Students are responsible for their own health care costs during the school year. It is required that all students obtain health insurance coverage for the duration of the program. Enrolled students have access to emergency medical care at all times during the clinical program.

Student Policies
At orientation, all enrolled students will receive a student handbook that explains the curriculum and evaluation mechanisms in detail, as well as all school and hospital policies and procedures the student must be familiar with.

Dress Code
Students may wear either an all-white uniform or colored scrub suits. White leather duty shoes or athletic shoes (without any canvas or fabric sections) must be worn in the laboratory. Hair must be worn short or pulled back in a secure manner from the face. Fluid-resistant lab coats and other personal protective wear will be provided for students' use during the clinical year.

For additional information contact:

(309) 624-9021