Medical Laboratory Science

Program Assessment

The goals of the DSU Medical Laboratory Science Program are to:

  1. Provide a curriculum that meets current and emergent pedagogical and professional development needs of students;
  2. Establish and sustain partnerships with local and regional community medical laboratories that provide exceptional learning experiences for our MLS students;
  3. Innovate learning experiences and provide opportunities that maximize every program student’s potential to achieve MLS career entry-level competencies;
  4. Graduate knowledgeable and skilled MLS that meet the workforce needs of our local community, Utah, and the under-served regions of the country; and
  5. Help advance MLS pedagogy and growth of the MLS profession.

Upon completion of the DSU MLS program, graduates will with:

  1. TECHNICAL SKILL: Competently perform a full range of testing encompassing the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of contemporary laboratory services in areas that include clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, urine and body fluid analysis, and emerging diagnostics;
  2. RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP: Apply management concepts and leadership skills, taking responsibility for analysis and decision-making, and the effective communication of valid test information wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed;
  3. INNOVATIVE PURPOSE: Actively participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms;
  4. PRACTICED SCHOLARSHIP: Employ relevant experience in research design and practice;
  5. STRENGTH OF CHARACTER: Demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes, principles of lawful conduct, and commitment to continuing professional development necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community;
  6. HEURISTIC KNOWLEDGE: Adhere to safety, governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice; and,
  7. NONPARTISAN DECORUM: Project an image of professionalism, respect the feelings and needs of others, protect the confidence of patient information, and never allow personal concerns and biases to interfere with the welfare of patients nor the work of colleagues and members of the healthcare team caring for patients.

The DSU MLS program has established non-academic standards of performance defined as essential requirements. Through their conduct, MLS students represent Dixie State University and importantly the MLS profession and the MLS program. Accordingly, DSU MLS program students must possess knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work in a wide-ranging variety of settings where laboratory testing is performed. Consequently, to be admitted and maintain enrollment, participate in, and successfully complete the MLS program, a student must meet the program’s essential requirements.

Essential Requirements

National Board Certification Examination

After completion of the Dixie State University Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Bachelor of Science Program, DSU MLS graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS).

ASCP Board of Certification MLS Exam Pass Rate

Pass Rate (%) by Examination Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Program 100 0 N/A 100 100 100
University 84 79 N/A 84 82 85
National 84 79 N/A 84 82 84



Some graduates choose to pursue other life opportunities which accounts for the students not employed upon graduation.

Graduation Year Number of Students Started Number of Students Graduated Number of Graduates Employed as MLS
2019 12 12 9
2018 4 4 4
2017 2 2 2
2016 0 N/A N/A
2015 1 1 1
2014 3 3 2


Cara Calvo

Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4971

Office: Taylor 257

Cindy Clark



Phone: 435-879-4809

Office: Taylor 258

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207