Policies for Tuition and Withdrawl
LMC Tuition Waiver
Accepted students will be expected to sign an employment agreement in lieu of tuition fees. These Program educational costs ($2500) are waived for the student with the stipulation of the student agreeing to an employment agreement for 12 months upon graduation from the Program. Positions have to be available and offered. Positions may be on any shift (usually seconds or thirds). Students must have excellent evaluations from their clinical coordinators and faculty. LMC reserves the right NOT to hire any student, which dissolves any repayment requirements. Students who complete the Program but elect not to accept employment will be required to pay the educational costs ($2500) and will meet with a Human Resources representative to set up a repayment plan. Students are informed of this policy on their personal interview and again during Laboratory Orientation at the beginning of the Program. The employment agreements are signed during Laboratory Orientation (first day). Since students do not ever pay the tuition, there is no refund policy.
LMC Stipend Policy
Lexington Medical Center has offered to help offset expenses for our students during their educational instruction with a stipend. Two checks each $1000 (one in October and one in February) can be issued to the student. Both checks are subject to taxes. Students who elect to receive the stipend will be required to fulfill the following stipulations:
- 1. Students who take the stipend will be required to work a minimum of four hours every two weeks (maximum of 12 hours) in the laboratory after school hours. Students will be paid for this work at a disclosed hourly rate. Hours are usually Saturday morning 7-11 AM or 4-8 PM during the workweek. Students can begin working in phlebotomy followed by a clinical department in which training has been completed. Supervisors of the department must certify that the student is competent to work in the department and complete a checklist indicating what the student can and cannot do. Students must remain in good academic standing. Students may elect to work both semesters, one semester, or not at all and not take the stipend. Students are only required to work if they elect to receive the stipend. Working is not a requirement of the Program.
- 2. Students who accept the stipend will be required to accept a medical laboratory scientist employment at LMC laboratory for at least 18 months following their completion of the Program if positions are available and offered upon graduation. Positions may be on any shift (first, second, or third) and most likely second or third shift. Students must have excellent evaluations from their clinical coordinators and faculty. LMC reserves the right NOT to hire any student, which dissolves any repayment requirements.
- 3. Students who accept the stipend but who do not accept offered employment following graduation would be expected to repay the stipend ($2000) plus $2500 of educational cost of the program. A Human Resources representative will meet with the student and set up a repayment plan at the conclusion of the Program. A payback agreement is signed and notarized during Laboratory Orientation and kept with the Program Director along with a signed form saying that the student has read and understands this policy.
Withdrawal from the Program
Students who for any reason desire to withdraw from the program are expected to discuss this with the Program Director and notify the program in writing stating his/her reason(s) for withdrawal. If withdrawal occurs within ten weeks of enrollment, the student will not be counted as having enrolled. If withdrawal occurs after the ten-seek probationary period, the student will receive grades of “W” if passing and “WF” if failing. A student can withdraw at any time. If the student participated in the stipend program, the amount of the stipend would have to be paid back to Lexington Medical Center upon leaving.
Please contact Program Director Ann Beaman at (803) 936-8126 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.