Medical Laboratory Scientist
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides the following description: At career entry, the medical laboratory scientist will be proficient in performing clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics, and will be able to play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms. The graduates will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement. They will also possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in:
Upon graduation and initial employment, the medical laboratory scientist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in medical laboratory science after completion of the program.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
The specific educational outcomes for the program are to produce graduates who:
Enrollment in MEDT courses, requires department approval. The Medical Laboratory Science department uses a priority registration system to approve student enrollment in MEDT courses. Students are required to meet with an advisor to develop an academic plan and to submit all required department forms for department approval consideration. Additional information can be found on the Application Procedure webpage.
In order to progress within the Bachelor of Science Medical Laboratory Science program, students must earn a minimum grade of C or P in all Medical Laboratory Science courses required for the degree and demonstrate professional behavior as defined by the "Medical Laboratory Science Department Core Abilities" and associated behavior criteria. Satisfactory progress is demonstrated by exhibiting Developing Level Criteria by the end of the second year (assessed by core faculty), and Entry Level Criteria by the end of the Medical Laboratory Science Practicum (assessed by clinical instructors). Students must receive a score of 3 or higher on the Developing Level Criteria in order to progress in the program and demonstrate the Critical Core Abilities during clinical practicum in order to graduate from the program. Students who are unable to earn an acceptable grade in the MEDT courses during their initial enrollment may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space available-basis.
When the number of students admitted to the program exceeds the number that can be accommodated in the clinical practicum, students are placed on an alternate list and informed they can complete their practicum should space become available, or they are given preference for a subsequent semester. Students receive a letter stating they are an alternate; they sign and return the letter acknowledging alternate status.
The University of Alaska Anchorage is affiliated with clinical sites throughout the state of Alaska. Students training at clinical sites outside of Anchorage may incur additional costs related to travel and housing. The practicum coordinator will ask for volunteers to train outside of Anchorage. If there are no volunteers, GPA in the MEDT courses will be used to select students for those sites. If a student is unable or unwilling to go outside of Anchorage, they will be placed on the alternate list and given preference for a subsequent semester.
Required Support Courses
Complete all 31-36 credits of support courses for the Medical Laboratory Science major with a minimum grade of C.
Complete the following major courses with a minimum grade of C or P (71-74 credits):
A total of 120-129 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.
Honors in Medical Laboratory Science
Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science are eligible to graduate with departmental honors by satisfying the following requirements: