Department Chair: Scott Wright
Program Director: Janet Oja
Online Program Coordinator: Julie Kakazu
Location: Marriott Allied Health Building, Rm 208
Telephone Contact, Department Secretary: Chris Housley 801-626-6118
Professors: Yas Simonian, Scott Wright; Assistant Professors: Matthew Nicholaou, Janet Oja, Janice Thomas; Instructors: Kenton Cummins, Ryan Rowe
Professional Staff: Kent Criddle, Laboratory Manager; Cindi Kranek, BS Online Academic Advisor; Teresa Reyes, AAS Online Academic Advisor
The Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs are nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. http://www.naacls.org.
Medical laboratory scientists, sometimes referred to as medical technologists or medical laboratory technicians, are vital members of the health care team who play a central role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. To accomplish this, medical laboratory scientists must have a thorough understanding of a wide range of subjects including hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology (transfusion medicine), clinical microbiology, and immunology. Laboratory scientists appreciate investigative work and problem solving and are counted on to provide physicians with information critical to the successful diagnosis and treatment of patients. Medical laboratory scientists and technicians are employed by hospitals, clinics, research facilities, universities, and in lab-related commercial industry.
The MLS AAS and BS Programs can be completed either on campus or through online course offerings. To be eligible to take online MLS courses, students must be employed in a clinical laboratory in order to fulfill the laboratory requirements.
Students interested in the AAS MLS Program offered on campus, are first required to complete a set of support courses in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. In addition, the students will take two MLS introductory courses, one in laboratory practices and one in hematology. Once these are completed, which generally takes two to three semesters, the students are eligible to apply to the MLS AAS Program. If accepted, the students will take courses in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, and immunohematology. Each of these competency based courses and accompanying laboratory sections, are unique in that they are designed to simulate the medical laboratory setting and workflow without the need of an extended post graduate internship. Upon completion of these MLS courses, on-campus students will then spend two weeks in a medical laboratory facility. Graduates are then eligible to sit for the national ASCP Board of Certification examination as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).
Students interested in the MLS AAS Program that is offered online, must be employed in a clinical laboratory. Students will receive the didactic (lecture) portion of each course online, while completing specific laboratory competencies in the clinical laboratory where they work, under the supervision of qualified clinical laboratory mentors. Please refer to the employer support information on the MLS Department web site: http://www.weber.edu/mls (online DEGREES/PROGRAMS). Applicants are first required to complete a set of support courses in chemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology. If accepted into the MLS AAS Program, students will then take courses in introductory laboratory practices, hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, and immunohematology. Graduates are then eligible to take the national ASCP Board of Certification examination as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).
Once students have completed the MLS AAS Program or are CLT/MLT certified, they become eligible to apply to the MLS BS Program. The degree can be completed either on-campus or online. Online applicants must be employed in a clinical laboratory as an MLT. If students complete their MLS AAS degree on campus at WSU, they must work as an MLT for three years prior to becoming eligible to apply for the online MLS programs. The curriculum includes advanced courses in laboratory practices, hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostics and immunohematology, along with a series of laboratory management and research courses. Several of the online MLS courses necessitate students working with a qualified medical laboratory mentor at their workplace to complete the laboratory requirements. Graduates are eligible to take the national ASCP Board of Certification examination as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).
ProgramsAssociate of Applied SciencePre-ProfessionalBachelor of ScienceHonors, DepartmentalCertification