The UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program and the UPMC Chautauqua Laboratory are committed to student learning and the promotion of excellence in the profession. Graduates of our program are highly successful individuals, many of whom remain in the hospital laboratory environment serving patients and directly applying their internship program-learned skills and knowledge. Some of our graduates have continued on to diverse careers as physicians, physician assistants, laboratory instrumentation technical representatives, computer laboratory information system analysts, educators and more. The solid academic- and personal-excellence foundation provided by our program has a proven record of producing successful individuals.

History of the Program

The UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program held its first class in the fall of 1979 under the founding direction of Mary Kathryn C. Kutschke, M.A., M.T.(ASCP), Program Director and Donald J. Furman, M.D., Program Medical Director. The development of a program stemmed from the desire to train quality professionals and continues today, upholding those standards of excellence.

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Employment
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*Certification rate: The results for each class consistently exceed the national average!

**Graduation rate: Our historical completion rate is >99%!

***Attrition rate: Our education and laboratory staff invest in each student, helping each to complete the program with excellence.

****Employment rate: Defined by our accrediting agency as employment in a laboratory-related field within 6 months of graduating, the vast majority of our students interview and are offered employment positions prior to the completion of the program year!

The Faculty

The UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program boasts two full-time faculty, the Program Director and Program Coordinator. It is the job of these individuals to make sure the program provides the best quality education UPMC Chautauqua has to offer. Pathologists and department managers also act as primary faculty, bringing years of experience and vast knowledge into lectures and one-on-one clinical training. Additional instructors in the lecture and bench instruction of the program are Medical Technologists and Medical Technicians who bring with them a wide base of experiential knowledge along with a desire to share their knowledge and love of laboratory science.

One-on-One Bench Instruction

The clinical rotation allows a student to learn and practice their skills alongside and under the careful supervision of a professional Medical Technologist. The student works one-on-one with a technologist, performing laboratory tests on actual clinical samples and, under direct supervision, reporting those results for use by clinicians. This direct sharing of time in teaching and observing provides a highly successful learning environment.

The Student Laboratory

A large student laboratory, located within the main laboratory, is utilized by the students during the didactic phase of the program prior to entering the clinical rotation. Students are taught laboratory skills utilizing real patient specimens in a controlled environment in which results are not reported but used for learning. Many procedures are performed manually in order to understand the principle and procedure of each assay, and to cement the theory of disease and the diagnostic process. Each student is assigned a work area and sufficient drawer and cabinet space to store their laboratory supplies and assigned equipment.

The Laboratory Classroom

A laboratory classroom is also present in the laboratory proper. This room is used as the primary classroom and for group demonstrations and study conferences. The room is equipped with a 12-foot glass white board and a 75 inch H.D. TV for digital presentations. The classroom is also outfitted with computer terminals for use by students for research and study.

Accredited by

The UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The Program meets and often exceeds the Standards established by NAACLS in education quality and outcome measures.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
773-714-8880
www.naacls.org

The Clinical Laboratory

The clinical laboratory of UPMC Chautauqua is located on the third floor of the Imaging and Medical Building (building “D”) and is attached to the main hospital facility by enclosed walkways. The laboratory encompasses approximately 12,000 square feet of space and follows an open lab concept providing an environment in which the laboratory personnel easily interact. A vast array of state-of-the-art instrumentation, interfaced with the laboratory information system, depicts the latest in modern technology.

The laboratory includes the main office, phlebotomy/specimen processing station, clinical chemistry, immunochemistry (serology), hematology/coagulation, immunohematology (blood bank) and microbiology, and specialty areas including cytology, histology, pathology and the Medical Laboratory Science Program.

Under the direction of the Vice President Administration, Laboratory Services Director and Pathologists, the laboratory employs technical, clerical and administrative personnel. The personnel staff three work shifts (7-3, 3-11 and 11-7) and many join in the lecture and on-bench training of the students.

The UPMC Chautauqua Laboratory performs over 1.5 million tests per year, allowing students a wide range of experience in normal and abnormal clinical testing and analysis of results. The open-lab environment permits unique patient samples and results to be seen and experienced by all students in a timely manner, no matter which area of the laboratory the student is currently studying. The department of Pathology, also housed within the laboratory, provides additional experiential support in the clinical picture of disease.