Medical Laboratory Science

Program Outcomes

Program Goals

The goals of the Dixie State University 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.
Program Learning Outcomes (Graduates’ Competencies)

Upon completion of the Dixie State University Medical Laboratory Science 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, respecting the feelings and needs of others, protecting the confidence of patient information, and never allowing 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.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Accreditation
ASCP Board of Certification MLS Exam Pass Rate

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).

Pass Rate (%) by Examination Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Program1000N/A100100894078
University8479N/A8482856973
National8479N/A8482846873
GRADUATION AND EMPLOYMENT RATES

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

202111109
2020666
2019121211
2018444
2017222
20160N/AN/A
2015111
2014332

Contact

Cara Calvo

Program Director

Email: Cara.Calvo@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4971

Office: Taylor 257

Cindy Clark

Academic Advisor

Email: Cindy.Clark@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4809

Office: HPC 335

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant

Email: Kathryn.Preiss@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207/HPC 322