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Two new faculty members join Thomas University’s MLS program

 new MLS facultyWhen Fall Semester begins Aug. 14 at Thomas University, two new faculty members will join the Medical Laboratory Science program as Assistant Professors – Angela Robinson and Bipin Patel.

Robinson holds a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Valdosta Technical College (now Wiregrass Technical College), a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from Valdosta State University, and a Master of Adult and Career Education Degree also from Valdosta State University.

A graduate of Valdosta High School, Robinson has served as the Clinical Laboratory Technology Program Coordinator at Wiregrass Technical College since September 2011 and previously from August 2001 to September 2007. Robinson also served as the Laboratory Manager at Smith Northview Hospital in Valdosta, Laboratory Manager at Brooks County Hospital in Quitman, and in different positions at Doctor’s Laboratory, Inc. in Valdosta.

“Angela will be a great addition to the team with her proven years of experience in teaching excellence and with accreditation standards,” said Karen Burgess, Chair of the Division of Math and Science as well as MLS Program Director.

Patel holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a master’s degree in Medical Microbiology. A resident of Cecil, he has served as a Professor of Microbiology at Valdosta State University since 2010. Patel previously served as a Microbiologist at Adel Memorial Hospital and as an Assistant Manager and Microbiologist at Solstas Lab Partners in Valdosta.

“Bipin will be an asset through his years of service to the hospital community in microbiology, teaching, and previous mentorship of undergrad students in the clinical environment,” Burgess said.

Thomas University is one of only three universities in Georgia to offer a four-year degree in Medical Laboratory Science accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). TU’s program is also the only university in Georgia south of Savannah to offer the MLS bachelor’s degree.

After graduating from the MLS program, students are eligible to take the exam to become certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. This designation provides better job prospects and higher salaries.

The program also has 57 clinical affiliates in the area, which include hospital labs or other labs where TU students intern or are currently employed. As part of the TU MLS program, students are required to obtain 200 hours in each of four disciplines: immunohematology, hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology; and 160 hours in immunology/body fluids. This requirement provides a great opportunity for students to put their classroom knowledge to use and for potential employers to witness a student’s abilities before hiring him or her.

For more information about the MLS program, visit www.thomasu.edu.

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