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Medical Laboratory Science

Aley Hall, UW-Casper, (307) 268-2713
FAX: (307) 268-2416
Web site: http://www.uwyo.edu/outreach/uwcasper/prospective/degrees/mls/mls-index.html
Director: Jed M. Doxtater, MS MLS  (ASCP)CM

Assistant Clinical Faculty

JED M. DOXTATER, B.S. University of Montana 2007; M.S. University of North Dakota 2013; Assistant Clinical Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science 2015.

Assistant Lecturer

CHARLIE P. CRUZ, B.S. Lorma Colleges 1998; M.A. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University 2003; M.S. Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas 2016; Ph.D. Saint Louis College 2014; Assistant Lecturer of Medical Laboratory Science 2016.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Wyoming-Casper is to educate, train, and produce highly competent, ethical professionals who are committed to lifelong learning. Curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet current and future workplace challenges and technological advancements in the profession.

Program Goals

  1. Provide education in accordance with the National Accrediting Agency for clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) standards for Medical Laboratory Science programs.
  2. Provide students with adequate knowledge and background experience to successfully complete the national certification examination appropriate to their level of training.
  3. Provide opportunity for students to develop skills in effective communication sufficient to serve the needs of patients, public, and other healthcare professionals.
  4. Graduate well qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists who can function at a career entry level, and are prepared to meet the workforce needs of the state of Wyoming and the nation.
  5. Provide students with professional role models so that they may develop and practice professional behaviors, attitudes and ethics necessary to work in, and promote the field of Medical Laboratory Science.
  6. Periodically undergo program review to meet the diverse educational needs of students, accreditation standards and industry demands for qualified, skilled entry level practitioners.
  7. Establish an advisory board of professionals, community partners and stakeholders for program development, evaluation and improvement.
  8. Promote membership and active participation in professional societies.

Outcomes

Description of Entry Level Competencies of the Medical Laboratory Scientist

At entry level, the medical laboratory scientist will possess the entry level competencies necessary to perform the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immunohematology/Transfusion medicine, Microbiology, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis and Laboratory Operations, and other emerging diagnostics, and will play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms.

The medical laboratory scientist will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed.

At entry level, the medical laboratory scientist will have the following basic knowledge and skills in:

  • Application of safety and governmental regulations and standards as applied to clinical laboratory science;
  • Principles and practices of professional conduct and the significance of continuing professional development;
  • Communications sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the public and members of the health care team;
  • Principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to clinical laboratory science;
  • Educational methodologies and terminology sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services;
  • Principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation and dissemination of results;
  • Theoretical knowledge and technical skills of concepts relating to all content areas required by NAACLS, including Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immunohematology, Microbiology, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis, Laboratory Operations and biohazard and safety.

Accreditation

The UW-C MLS program is currently seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  Accreditation is a process of external peer review in which an agency grants public recognition to a program of study or an institution that meets established qualifications and educational standards.  Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary since there is not a legal requirement for specialized programs and institutions to participate.  However, when students complete a NAACLS accredited program they become eligible to sit for national certification examinations for the profession.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is a nonprofit organization that independently accredits medical technologist (MLS), clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician (CLT/MLT), histotechnologist (HTL), histologic technician (HT), pathologists’ assistant (Path Asst), diagnostic molecular scientist (DMS) and cytogenetic technology (CT), Phlebotomist (PBT), and clinical assistant (CA) educational programs.

Contract information:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
http://www.naacls.org

Prerequisites for Admission to the MLS Professional Program

Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for Admitted Major status:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP) certification or completion of an AS degree in MLT within 5 years or a B.S. degree in a related science.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all course work transferred into the University of Wyoming at Casper from other academic institutions.
  • Successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician BOC exam is preferred. Students that have not completed the BOC may be admitted with MLS program directors approval.
  • Students admitted to the program that do not hold an A.S. in MLT or a B.S. in a related science may be required to complete the University of Wyoming University Studies program in addition to the basic requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree. See the current requirements at http://www.uwyo.edu/unst/

Applying for Admission to MLS Professional Program

Students may enter the MLS professional program in the fall or spring semester of their junior year. Applications for students entering the MLS program in the fall will be available to the student on the 1st Monday of March, and must be completed and submitted to the MLS program director by the last Friday of March. Applications for students entering the MLS program in the spring will be available to the student on the 1st Monday of October, and must be completed and submitted to the MLS program director by the last Friday of October.

Students are required to meet all site specific clinical affiliate requirements and may include a criminal background check. These background checks are routinely required by schools, hospitals, and other agencies that participate in the clinical practicums. The results of your criminal background check may determine if you will be admitted to the MLS program. Background check should be obtained from Viewpoint screening (https://www.viewpointscreening.com/uwyo). The Casper College MLT background check is a valid substitute if final semester of MLS program falls within 1 year of check.

After completion and submission of the program application, the student must schedule an interview with the program director for an evaluation for acceptance to the MLS program. Interviews for fall students will be held between the 1st Monday of April and the last Friday of April, and between the 1st Monday of November and the last Friday of November for spring students. It is the students' responsibility to complete and submit the application, and to schedule an interview with the MLS program director by the due dates posted above.

Students will be assigned clinical practicum sites. Obtaining a clinical practice site is competitive, and students will undergo a selection process to determine, and assign clinical practicum locations. Since training opportunities cannot be guaranteed, if students are not initially placed they will be placed on an alternate list for the next available training session.

Students enrolled in the MLS program will participate in clinical experiences in a variety of agencies. Prior to participating in the clinical experiences, students will be subject to that agency’s requirements for a background check, drug testing and/or drug abuse prevention policies. Students are then subject to the random drug testing policy of that agency.

Liability insurance will be required for students entering their senior year coursework. Liability insurance is provided through the University of Wyoming at a cost of $13.00 / year to the student.

Health Requirements: Proof of the following health requirements to participate in students laboratories or clinical practice must be provided, this includes Health Insurance, Tuberculosis test, Hepatitis B vaccination, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tetanus vaccinations. To maintain ongoing enrollment in the MLS program curriculum, you may be required to meet annual requirements as specified by the clinical agency.

Essential Functions

Applicants must meet certain essential functions as defined by NAACLS. If you feel that you do not meet these essential functions, careful consideration should be made and advisement received before entering the MLS Program. Essential functions are the abilities and essential functions that a student must be able to perform to be successful in the learning experiences and completion of the program.

Observational Requirements

The MLS student must be able to:

  • Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biologicals are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histochemical components.
  • Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents or chemical reaction products.
  • Employ a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among the structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a video monitor.

Movement Requirements

The MLS student must be able to:

  • Move freely and safely about a laboratory.
  • Reach laboratory bench-tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture.
  • Travel to numerous clinical laboratory sites for practical experience.
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting, over several hours.
  • Maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to safely collect valid laboratory specimens from patients.
  • Control laboratory equipment (i.e., pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.
  • Use an electronic keyboard to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.
  • Perform fine hand manipulations with dexterity.

Communication Requirements

The MLS student must be able to:

  • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials.
  • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures.
  • Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection.
  • Effectively, confidentially and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
  • Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other health care professionals verbally and in a recorded format.
  • Independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer, and laboratory practical examinations.

Behavioral Requirements

The MLS student must:

  • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  • Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
  • Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty and a distracting environment.
  • Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situation and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals.
  • Adapt to working with unpleasant biologicals.
  • Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals.
  • Realize that the promotion of peers helps furnish a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving and patient care.
  • Be honest, compassionate, ethical and responsible.

Request for Accommodation

 All students are held to the same academic and technical standards. Applicants/students with disabilities seeking accommodation must discuss their disability and accommodation needs with the University Disability Support Services (udss@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-6189; TTY: (307) 766-3073). If appropriate and upon request and registration of the applicant, a reasonable accommodation will be made consistent with University of Wyoming guidelines.

Requirements for Graduation

The program requires 120 credit hours total, with 60 credit hours obtained in the Junior/Senior years to graduate. This includes 41 credits in upper division major requirements, with a supplement of 7 upper division elective credit hours. 30 UD credits must be taken from UW to earn a B.S. from UW.  A minimum University of Wyoming GPA of 2.000 and a C (2.000 or above) in all courses is required for graduation. Granting of the degree or certificate is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure exam.  The student must discharge all financial obligations to the College, as well as make formal application for graduation. Specific dates will be announced by Office of the Registrar and Enrollment Services.

Sample Four Year Plan of Study

(Lower Division Courses are available through an articulation agreement with Casper College)

FRESHMAN YEAR: Fall Hrs.
MATH 1400 (USP Q) 4
MLTK 1500 3
MOLB 2210 4
CMAP 1505 1
SOC 1000 or ANTH 1200 (USP H) 3
Total Hrs. 15
FRESHMAN YEAR: Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1010 (USP COM1) 3
MLTK 1600 3
MLTK 1700 2
MLTK 2600 2
BIOL 1010 (USP PN) 4
GE Course 3
Total Hrs. 17
FRESHMAN YEAR: Summer Hrs.
CHEM 1025 (USP PN) 3
CHEM 1028 1
MLTK 1800 3
MLTK 1970 2
Total Hrs. 9
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1020 (USP COM2) 3
MLTK 2500 3
MLTK 2650 2
MLTK 2700 4
POLS 1000 (USP V) 3
Total Hrs. 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Spring Hrs.
MLTK 2971 2
MLTK 2972 2
MLTK 2973 2
MLTK 2974 2
MLTK 2976 1
MLTK 2977 1
MLTK 2800 4
PEAC XXXX 1
Total Hrs. 15
JUNIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
CHEM 1030 (USP PN) 4
CHEM 2300 4
LIFE 3050 4
LIFE 3600 4
Total Hrs. 16
JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
STAT 2050 (USP Q) 4
MOLB 3000 3
MOLB 3610 4
Upper Division Electives 4
Total Hrs. 15
SENIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
MLSK 4840 1
MLSK 4850 2
MLSK 4860 (USP COM3) 3
MLSK 4870 4
MLSK 4880 2
Upper Division Elective 3
Total Hrs. 15
SENIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
MLSK 4981 3
MLSK 4982 3
MLSK 4983 3
MLSK 4984 3
MLSK 4890 2
Total Hrs. 14
Total Overall Hours 131

Upper Division Elective Credit Hours

12 upper division elective credit hours must be completed in the student’s junior or senior year. These credits must be 3000 and above, and achieved through online outreach or on campus courses. A list of courses that are acceptable to fulfil this requirement can be made available to the student. If a course is in question, it is highly suggested to the student to contact the UW-C advising department or the MLS program director for requirement fulfillment confirmation.

Field Practicum and Laboratory Sessions

The final semester of the student’s senior year is comprised of didactic material being delivered in an online hybrid manner, supplemented with on campus lab sessions at the UW-Casper campus. These lab sessions will be accompanied by an onsite practicum at a clinical affiliate, consisting of 24-48 hours of advanced clinical techniques for each advanced practicum course. It will be the students’ responsibility for all travel and housing costs associated with the advanced clinical practicum courses.

Probation

Students that do not meet the minimum grade requirements stated above for MLSK course work will be placed on probation. In this period of time, students will be allowed to continue in the program under supervision, but will submit a petition which is an individualized plan of study for the next semester that is developed by the student in agreement with and signed by an academic advisor.  All completed MLSK courses that fail to meet minimum grade requirements (C or 2.0 or better) must be repeated by the student. Students shall not be allowed to progress to the final semester until all courses in the previous semesters are successfully completed and a GPA of 2.0 is obtained.

Medical Laboratory Science (MLSK) Courses


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