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Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Department Chair: Matthew Nicholaou
Program Director: Janet Oja
Online Program Coordinators: Julie Kakazu, Cindi Kranek, Kandi Tait, Online Academic Advisor; Christy Achter, Practicum Coordinator
Location: Marriott Allied Health Building, Rm 208
Telephone Contact, Department Secretary: Chris Housley 801-626-6118
Professor: Yas Simonian; Associate Professor: Janet Oja; Assistant Professors: S. Kendal Beazer, Kenton Cummins, Michael Moore, Matthew Nicholaou, Janice Thomas
Professional Staff: Kent Criddle, Laboratory Manager

Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) and Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) - also known as Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) - perform laboratory tests on patient samples to provide information needed to diagnose or monitor treatment. These professionals do everything from providing cancer-testing results, to predicting the correct antibiotic to prescribe, to typing the correct blood for surgery. Examples of common laboratory tests include tests to detect anemia, diagnose diabetes and strep throat, and provide a transfusion to an accident victim. Doctors rely on laboratory test results to make informed patient diagnoses. Patient history along with physical signs and symptoms are vital, but most diagnoses need confirmation that only laboratory tests can provide. The laboratory professionals provide answers to life-and-death questions every day.

The MLS program follows a ladder approach from the Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree through a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students interested in applying to the campus associate level MLT program must first meet with an academic advisor and complete prerequisite courses. If accepted into the MLT program, successful completion of two academic semesters leads to an Associates of Applied Science degree, and allows graduates eligibility to national certification (ASCP MLT). Qualified students wishing to continue can apply for acceptance into the MLS BS program, which generally requires two years of study and provides eligibility to national certification (ASCP MT) upon successful completion of all academic requirements.

Students interested in the online MLS AAS Program must be employed, or have the support of, a clinical laboratory. Students will receive the didactic (lecture) portion of each course online, while completing specific laboratory competencies in the clinical laboratory under the supervision of qualified clinical laboratory mentors where they work. Please refer to the employer support information on the MLS Department web site: (online DEGREES/PROGRAMS).


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.


Medical Lab Sciences Course Descriptions  


    Associate of Applied SciencePre-ProfessionalBachelor of ScienceHonors, DepartmentalCertification

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