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A New Master's in MLS Program-Challenges and Rewards

From the 2022 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (recorded 3/14/2022)
Presented by Leslie Allshouse, MEd, MLS(ASCP)CM, Paula Melancon, MEd, MT(ASCP) & Heather Walters, MEd, MLS(ASCP)CM

An entry-level MS in Medical Laboratory Science program for individuals holding a BS in biology, chemistry, or related major who are not certified medical laboratory professionals is a pathway to eligibility for ASCP/BOC certification. This session will describe some of the challenges and rewards resulting from creating this graduate program.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges of student recruitment, preparation and retention.
  • Explain the integration of graduate students in the existing undergraduate curriculum.
  • Discuss the benefits of Master’s prepared professionals in laboratory science disciplines.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.