The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Department is to graduate competent and ethical clinical laboratory professionals with the knowledge and the skills for career entry. It is also the department's mission to prepare graduates for leadership roles in the clinical laboratory and professional organizations and to instill an understanding of the need for maintaining continuing competency in a rapidly changing and dynamic profession.
The Medical Laboratory Science Department has a strong commitment to the career ladder approach to higher education. With career ladder programs, the students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science have an option to gain phlebotomy certification in one year and medical laboratory technician certification in two years as they pursue a bachelor's degree. The AAS graduates who wish to obtain a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science may "career ladder" without loss of credit.
The Medical Laboratory Science Department assumes no responsibility for illness or injuries experienced by students in conjunction with student labs. It is strongly recommended that students maintain personal medical insurance while enrolled in any of the programs offered by the Medical Laboratory Science Department. Students enrolled in practicum (MEDT A195A, MEDT A195B, MEDT A395 or MEDTA495) must provide their own transportation to the clinical facility. Personal protective equipment is provided by the training facility. The clinical facilities require proof of medical insurance coverage; therefore, students are required to maintain personal medical insurance while enrolled in practicum courses. Medical insurance is available through the Student Health and Counseling Center. Liability insurance is purchased by the Medical Laboratory Science Department to cover the student's practicum. The occupational endorsement certificate, AAS, and BS degrees are not contingent upon the students passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.
The AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology and the BS in Medical Laboratory Science programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (773)714-8880. NAACLS is recognized by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education.