Date: 5/22/2014

Healthcare System offers School of Medical Laboratory Science

The Central Laboratory at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System is offering a new program designed to educate students in the healthcare field of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). The goal of the curriculum is to graduate well-qualified, well-educated individuals to meet the present and future demand in the clinical laboratory industry.

“Well educated, seasoned lab technologists can expect an excellent job outlook,” said John Gorski, Chief Operating Officer for Community Healthcare System. “Because of the rate of groundbreaking medical advances, healthcare careers such as this are expected to increase by 14 percent over the next 10 years. Technologists will be needed to process more complex tests as the number of overall tests performed increases. We’re taking a proactive approach to fill this need in the community.”

The 11-month program is intended for baccalaureate graduates in sciences such as Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or Pre-professional.

The course includes 22 weeks of classroom instruction in clinical laboratory sciences, hands-on student laboratory activities and intensive 24 weeks on-the-job clinical training.

Medical Laboratory Scientists are highly trained, highly skilled professionals whose contribution to diagnosis and treatment of disease is invaluable. A career in Medical Laboratory Science involves testing of blood and body fluid specimens using complex chemistry analyzers to diagnose heart, liver disease, or cancer, microscopic examination of blood cells for anemia or leukemia; identification of pathogenic organisms causing infection, immunological evaluations and preparation of blood products for life-saving transfusions.

Classes are scheduled to begin July 7, 2014. Graduates interested in pursuing a career in Medical Laboratory Science who would like to request an application packet should contact Mary S. Wallace MS, MT (ASCP), Program Director-School of Medical Laboratory Science, 219-392-7259,