MLS Program Goals AND PHILOSOPHY
The purpose of the Thomas University Medical Laboratory Science program is to provide educational opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary to succeed as medical laboratory scientists. General goals of the program include the following:
- To provide education, which acknowledges individual differences and respects the right of individuals to seek fulfillment of educational needs.
- To provide an environment which encourages the individual to benefit and contribute as a partner in the economic progress, development, and stability of their communities.
- To provide education which develops the potential of each student to become a productive, responsible, and upwardly mobile member of society.
- To provide quality medical laboratory science education in an atmosphere that fosters interest in and enthusiasm for learning.
- To prepare graduates to function as accountable and responsible members within their field of endeavor.
- To prepare graduates to function as safe and competent practitioners in the medical laboratory science field.
- To prepare graduates with the highest level of competence possible given the constraints of the interests and ability levels of the individual.
- To provide educational and related services without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicapping condition, academic disadvantage, or economic disadvantage.
- To foster employer participation, understanding, and confidence in the instructional process and the competence of medical laboratory science graduates.
- To provide guidance to medical laboratory science students to assist them in pursuing educational opportunities that maximize their professional potential.
- To encourage graduates to recognize and to act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
Important attributes for success of program graduates are analytical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to apply technology to the work requirement. Medical Laboratory Science is a dynamic profession; therefore, careful attention to current curriculum and up-to-date instructional equipment is required. The program promotes the concept of change as the technology evolves and nurtures the spirit of involvement in lifelong professional learning.
Thomas University accepts the following concepts concerning education in medical laboratory science:
1. The scientist is a skilled person who performs laboratory tests on body fluids under the direction of a qualified physician, pathologist or laboratory director.
2. The scientist evaluates and correlates medical laboratory test results performed on a patient but does not make a diagnosis from these results.
3. The student scientist should be educated to assess the needs of the patient and provide laboratory data within the scope of his/her training.
4. The educational standards and administrative policies of the program in medical laboratory science should conform to those approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
5. All instruction should be geared to the educational level and experience of the individual.
An advisory committee, which is representative of the professionals concerned with the training and employment of medical laboratory scientists, should provide guidance in the planning, organizing, and operation of the program.