Department Chair: Matthew Nicholaou
Program Director: Janice Thomas
Online Program Coordinators: Cindi Kranek, Kandi Tait, Ashley Wilkinson
Practicum Coordinator: Christy Achter
Laboratory Manager: Kent Criddle
Location: Marriott Allied Health Building, Rm 208
Telephone Contact: Briana Bridgman, 801-626-6118
Professor: Yas Simonian; Associate Professors: S. Kendal Beazer, Matthew Nicholaou, Janice Thomas; Assistant Professors: Michael Moore, Justin Rhees; Instructor: Chere Clawson
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: http://www.weber.edu/mls (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. http://www.naacls.org.
Medical Lab Sciences Course Descriptions
ProgramsAssociate of Applied ScienceBachelor of ScienceCertificationPost Baccalaureate Certificate