Upon completion of the program, the graduates take the national ASCP Board of Certification exam. Our students consistently score higher than the national average on the exam. Data collected over the last 25 years shows a 99.3 percent pass rate, with a 100 percent rate in the past three years.
Typically 60-75 applications are received by December 1 each year; approximately 30-40 interviews are conducted November-January. Students selected are notified mid-February, with class beginning in July.
Historically, our graduates have 100 percent job placement within the field and the majority of students are employed before graduation. Our graduates are highly recruited, and in the last three years have found employment at the following facilities:
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, WA), Inland Northwest Blood Center (Spokane, WA), Providence Mount Carmel Hospital (Colville, WA), Providence Everett Medical Center (Everett, WA), Kootenai Health (Couer d’Alene, ID), Whitman Hospital and Medical Center (Moscow, ID), Pullman Regional Hospital (Pullman, WA), Olympic Medical Center (Port Angeles, WA), PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (Vancouver, WA), Cancer Care Northwest (Spokane, WA), St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center (Twin Falls, ID), Group Health (Seattle, WA), Providence St. Peter Hospital (Olympia, WA), Providence St. Joseph Medical Center (Polson, MT), EvergreenHealth (Kirkland, WA), Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center (Seattle, WA), Deaconess Medical Center (Spokane, WA), Providence Resource Pool (Portland, OR), UW Cancer Care Alliance (Seattle, WA), Lake Chelan Community Hospital (Lake Chelan, WA), and Tacoma General Hospital (Tacoma, WA).
According to the last 25 years of data, 97.3 percent of the students who entered the program successfully completed the program (97.7 percent in the past three years).
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, which includes five hospitals, multiple clinics, and employs more than 7,000 caregivers. It is the largest of these hospitals with 644 patient beds, and specialty adult and pediatric emergency rooms. Sacred Heart serves as a testing site for a national reference lab and performs more than 2.9 million tests annually. The Medical Center was recently recognized by the CDC and NETEC (National Ebola Training and Education Center) for its Special Pathogens Unit Lab.
The laboratory’s high volume of testing, as well as its extensive high-complexity and esoteric test menu, allows the School of Medical Laboratory Science to provide a wide range of experiences for students during the clinical year. Sacred Heart is a teaching facility, and as a result, students work with experienced and expert staff who are skilled in educational techniques.
The Providence Sacred Heart School of Medical Laboratory Science is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).