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Medical Laboratory Science



To inquire about this program:
Bill Engle | 423.869.6471 | billy.engle@LMUnet.edu

Are you interested in a career in medicine? Are you self-sufficient? Precise? Thorough? As a medical technologist, you have to be. The information you provide the physician influences the course of treatment that the patient receives.

Degrees Offered


Bachelor of Science (BS) - 4-Year Plan

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Special Features


Lincoln Memorial University maintains accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the Medical Technology Program is fully accredited by the State of Tennessee and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Contact information for NAACLS is as follows:

NAACLS
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: 1.847.939.3597
http://www.naacls.org

All program graduates take the national board exam, called the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Exam, after having met their academic and laboratory educational requirements. Once you’re passed, you may use the initials “MLS (ASCP)” after your name to show you’re proficient in laboratory medicine. (Please note that the granting of the Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology is not contingent upon the students passing any type of external certification or licensure examination such as the ASCP BOC exam.)

Description of the Medical Laboratory Science Profession


The medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information. They also direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations, and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The clinical laboratory professional has diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and clinical decision-making as well as quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is performed, researched, and developed. Clinical laboratory professionals practice independently and collaboratively. They also have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in the laboratory practice as well as the public.

Career Description and Opportunities for the Medical Laboratory Scientist


At career entry, the medical laboratory scientist will be proficient in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics, and will play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms.

With a medical technology degree from LMU, you’ll have a wide variety of career choices available to you. Hospitals, independent laboratories, health facilities, clinics, and commercial industry all have positions open and available for qualified medical laboratory scientists.

According to the most recent American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) wage survey published in the March 2011 issue of LabMedicine, the national average annual salaries for staff level medical laboratory scientists is $54,412 per year and $65,478 per year at the supervisory level. Please see http://www.ascp.org/2010Wage for more details.

In addition, with two years of experience in hospital settings and given the given the nature of this challenging academic degree in the health sciences, the Lincoln Memorial University medical technology graduate will be well prepared to further his/her education by pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, research, or physician assistant studies.

Description of the Lincoln Memorial University Medical Laboratory Science Program


This program is a “2+2” program in which students complete 2 years of general education and collateral science courses. Admission to the program is competitive and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission consideration.

Upon admission into the program, students complete 42 hours of MEDT didactic and clinical courses in the major areas of the medical laboratory science field. These courses include the following:  
MEDT 301: Intro to Lab Methods & Techniques I               
MEDT 302: Intro to Lab Methods & Techniques II
MEDT 310: Hemostasis                                 
MEDT 320: Hematology
MEDT 330: Serology / Immunology                         
MEDT 340: Immunohematology                               
MEDT 391: Intermediate Clinical Practice I                            
MEDT 392: Intermediate Clinical Practice II                          
MEDT 400: UA and Body Fluid Analysis                  
MEDT 410: Laboratory Management                      
MEDT 451: Clinical Chemistry I   
MEDT 452: Clinical Chemistry II  
MEDT 461: Medical Microbiology I           
MEDT 462: Medical Microbiology II                          
MEDT 491: Advanced Clinical Practice I                  
MEDT 492: Advanced Clinical Practice II                 
MEDT 497: Senior Review  

In addition to these courses, each semester you’ll gain valuable experience in clinical laboratories ranging from small rural hospitals to state-of-the-art molecular pathology facilities. The current clinical affiliates of the program included the following:

    1. American Esoteric Physicians Medical Laboratory in Morristown, TN
    2. Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, TN
    3. Baptist Health System in Knoxville, TN
    4. Baptist Hospital of Cocke County in Newport, TN
    5. Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, TN
    6. Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN
    7. Claiborne County Hospital in Tazewell, TN
    8. Dickenson Community Hospital in Clintwood, VA
    9. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN
    10. Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, TN
    11. Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City, TN
    12. Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, TN
    13. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN
    14. Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN
    15. Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, TN
    16. Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, TN
    17.Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN
    18. Johnson County Community Hospital in Mountain City, TN
    19. Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon VA
    20. Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown, TN
    21. Lee Regional Hospital in Pennington  Gap, VA
    22. LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, TN
    23. Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, TN
    24. Molecular Pathology Laboratory in Maryville, TN
    25. Morristown Hamblen Health Care System in Morristown, TN
    26. Norton Community Hospital in Norton, VA
    27. Pineville Community Hospital in Pineville, KY
    28. Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon, VA
    29. Scott County Hospital in Oneida, TN
    30. Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, VA
    30. St. Mary’s Health System in Knoxville, TN
    31. Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, TN