1. To teach the student technologist principles in the performance of professional duties and in their association with others in the medical profession by offering all the advantages of liberal, scientific and social understanding of a mature individual.
2. To prepare students to make the best possible adjustment to their environment, by developing the knowledge, attitudes and technical skills which will enable them to give efficient and understanding service in supplying the physicians the diagnostic data required in patient care:
a. By providing a curriculum that will afford the opportunity to grow in professional competency and a high quality of performance in preparation for diagnostic teaching, supervisory, and research positions.
b. By providing experience in scientific methodology integrated with the allied disciplines to stimulate intellectual curiosity and growth. This will result in the growth and development of cultural as well as scientific breadth and perspective. Such experiences should cultivate further accuracy and increase in the use of scientific terminology and will acquaint the student with an appreciation and significance of science in modern medicine.
3. To prepare the student for their future profession, that they may live responsible lives, aware of their duties as members of modern society, keenly conscious of a position of responsibility in this field of service within that society.
Philosophy of the Program
The program is based on principles which prepare students to maintain the highest ideals of the Medical Laboratory Scientist profession.
A professional medical laboratory scientist is one who provides the physician with the scientific data necessary to aid in restoration of the sick to a healthy mind and body.
The student must acquire skill, knowledge and understanding, as well as a sense of responsibility through observation, performance of laboratory tests, research and application of these tests to real situations.
The program is designed to prepare graduates to perform as professional members of a total health care team in any medical laboratory environment. Carefully planned rotation of classroom lectures and hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art medical laboratory prepares students to meet the challenges of society’s health care needs.
Through this program, students gain valuable experience in a core hospital laboratory located in the Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The core laboratory at the PRMC serves six community hospital laboratories and many other outreach facilities.
Computerized laboratory facilities provide a full range of services to enhance the educational process. With the support provided by phlebotomy teams and a client response center, the educational process is enhanced by the variety of cases from the services offered by Parkview Regional Medical Center. The Parkview Regional Medical Center offer services through our adult and pediatric trauma centers, a primary care stroke center, oncology center, surgical care center, and behavioral health center.
The Parkview Regional Medical Center lab is staffed by 180 employees, including seven full-time pathologists and more than 70 certified technologists. A library offers students a wide variety of reference materials, journals and electronic media.
Classes begin each year in July. The program is 11 months in length. Two (2) weeks of Christmas vacation and one week of spring vacation are granted.
The following holidays are observed: 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day,
All preclinical Medical Laboratory Science requirements must be completed before entering the program. Applicants must document that they have a bachelor’s degree, will be eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree at the completion of the program (3+1), or will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree before the program starts. Documentation of the following are required of all applicants.
1. 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biology, including a course in microbiology and a course in immunology (either as a separate course or as part of another course)
2. 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry, including at least one upper-level course in organic chemistry or biochemistry
3. One course in college-level mathematics
4. 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours)
5. Other recommended courses include quantitative analysis, anatomy and physiology, instrumentation, computer science, management and supervision, genetics, parasitology, medical microbiology, statistics and physics
Technical Standards (Essential Functions)
Technical Standards (Essential Functions) represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that the student must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable. As an applicant to our program, you are requested to read the following technical standards. These standards are written to help facilitate a valid career choice and to ensure that the safety and health of students, the public and other health professionals are not compromised.
Visual Function: Sufficient visual acuity to: