Program Mission & Philosophy

In harmony with the University mission statement, the MLS program is one of several professional Girl_In_Lab programs offered at the University that primarily fosters an environment of inquiry, which is the very nature of medical laboratory scientists.  The MLS program recognizes the value of basic science and general education preparation as well as professional stratification.  Therefore, the curriculum is designed to allow students to complete pre-professional science and general education course work before commencing with the rigor of the MLS professional sequence.  Additionally, the curriculum has been designed to be MLT friendly in that the professional sequence is divided into 2 levels allowing for a better transfer of courses and advance placement credit for the certified MLT professional.

Learning Outcome Goals

The goal of the MLS program is to educate the student so that their knowledge of Medical Laboratory Science, technical competency, and professional behaviors are consistent with career entry expectations.

Competencies: At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Perform (independently) routine and specialized laboratory procedures found in a typical full service clinical pathology laboratory. Performing these procedures include all of the QA/QC requirements, setting up reagents and equipment, and managing problems.
  2. Apply principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement to the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services utilizing statistical analyses.
  3. Apply safety and governmental regulations and standards to laboratory practice.
  4. Analyze and/or evaluate laboratory findings to incorporate critical pathways and clinical decision making activities, such as;
    • Verifying patient results and QA for a given test.
    • Correlating findings with health and disease states
    • Prescribing course of action for discrepancies
    • Recognizing possible inconsistent results
    • Developing algorithms

     5. Apply acceptable principles of teaching and learning to a selected activity.
     6. Apply basic principles of management in select activities.
     7. Practice the ethics of the profession.
     8. Apply concepts and principles of laboratory operations to include

    • Critical pathways and clinical decision making
    • Performance improvement

Accrediting/Certifying Body: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
American Society of Clinical Pathology –Board of Certification
Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS)– Career Entry
Level Competencies for CLS