Medical Laboratory Science Program Goals, Essential Functions and Competencies



  • To provide students with a strong curriculum in clinical laboratory sciences using a variety of educational methods, resources and experiences.
  • To maintain the level and quality of instruction in the clinical laboratory through the inclusion of the latest technologies.
  • To provide students with professional role models so that they may develop the professional attitudes and ethics necessary for a career in medical technology.
  • To instill students with the motivation to continue their professional development.
  • To provide the community with graduate medical technologists who can function at a career entry level and who can advance into leadership positions in the clinical laboratory sciences.



The essential functions (technical standards) are the essential non-academic requirements of the program.  These functional capabilities are required in order to successfully participate in the program.



The Medical Technology Student must be able to:

1. Follow verbal and written instructions.

2. Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, laboratory staff, and other health care professionals both verbally and in writing.

3. Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection.

4. Independently take examinations (written, practical, computer).


The Medical Technology Student must be able to:

1. Move freely and safely around the laboratory.

2. Reach laboratory bench tops and shelves.

3. Reach patients (both lying and seated) and maneuver equipment for specimen collection.

4. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing or sitting, over several hours.

5. Perform fine hand manipulations with dexterity.

6. Use a computer keyboard.


The Medical Technology Student must be able to:

1. Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print or on a video monitor.

2. Observe laboratory demonstrations.

3. Characterize the color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biologicals and laboratory chemicals/reagents.

4. Use a binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences.

Upon acceptance into the program the student will be required to sign a statement documenting that they have read and understand the essential functions of a Medical Laboratory Science student.



Upon completion of the Program a graduate is expected to meet the following career entry competencies.

  • Safely collect, handle, and process biological specimens for testing.
  • Accurately perform laboratory testing.
  • Analyze and interpret laboratory test data.
  • Recognize and identify problems then take appropriate corrective action.
  • Monitor testing procedures, equipment and professional/technical competency using Quality Assurance methodologies.
  • Operate instrumentation properly, and perform appropriate preventive and corrective maintenance.
  • Adhere to all laboratory safety rules and regulations.
  • Use computers and laboratory software effectively.
  • Carry out the evaluation of new procedures and instruments.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in ones contact with patients, laboratory personnel, and other health care professionals.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient test results.
  • Apply principles of educational methodology.
  • Apply principles of management.