Mission Statement

The mission of the UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program is to provide a challenging program for assisting students in acquiring the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values to gain the level of excellence required for the profession of Medical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science.

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The UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program is an accredited, 45-week, program offering intensive study and clinical experience in medical laboratory science as the final year of a Bachelor’s degree.  The classroom-based and hands-on clinical education is designed to develop a responsible and competent laboratory professional who will be prepared to pass an examination required for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

It is the desire of the UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program to provide students with quality education as they pursue their career goals (see our Outcome Measures).  Our Mission Statement is taken seriously and the patients our students will serve are the cornerstone of our vision.

Thank you for visiting our website for information about our program. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our program or about the career of a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Statement of Beliefs

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Excellence

We believe we are responsible for creating an atmosphere of excellence, encouraging learning and inquiry, while promoting dedication to the profession of Medical Laboratory Science.
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The Future

We believe the cornerstone of our program goals are the future patients our students will serve.
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Quality

We believe our commitment to quality, passed on to our students, will extend to every level of community.

The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), also known as a Medical Technologist (MT), is a highly trained, conscientious individual involved in the performance and reporting of laboratory tests important in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease in a dynamic health care environment, working as a vital member of the health care team and extending care and compassion to the patient and health care community through customer service and education.

In a collaborative effort with clinicians and other health care professionals, the MLS conducts efficiently and precisely a variety of tests on patient blood, body fluids, or tissues utilizing manual methods and sophisticated instrumentation.  An MLS not only knows how to perform each diagnostic test using strict protocols but is able to evaluate and validate each result to assure accuracy, including understanding the medical significance of different physiological conditions and how they may affect the results of laboratory tests.  The MLS may work as generalist throughout the clinical laboratory or specialize in a certain discipline, such as, clinical chemistry, immunochemistry, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), and microbiology.  Quality, precision skills, and the vast knowledge learned in the clinical preceptorship are dynamic and adaptable to many career areas and are sought after by employers both within the laboratory and in health-related industries and research.

Explore Careers in Medical Laboratory Science

For more information on careers in the clinical laboratory, view “Diagnostic Detectives” using the following link:  http://www.ascls-michigan.org/diagnostic-detectives/.

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