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Medical Laboratory Science Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor degree program in Medical Laboratory Science at Indiana University School of Medicine prepares graduates with the skills and experience needed to work in a clinical laboratory. Upon successful program completion, Medical Laboratory Science graduates have the training to demonstrate the following entry-level competencies:

Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of laboratory testing, including technical, procedural, and problem-solving aspects. Recognize the importance of proper test selection, causes of discrepant test results, deviations of test results, and correlation of abnormal data with pathologic states.

Perform proficiently in the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology/hemostasis, clinical chemistry, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, serology/immunology, urine and body fluid analysis, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics. Identify and troubleshoot pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of the testing process. Play a role in the development and evaluation of new test systems and interpretative algorithms.

Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, at a level sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the public, and members of the healthcare team. Demonstrate scientific literacy by finding, interpreting, critically analyzing, scientific literature to inform decision making for the benefit of the profession and the patient community.

Engage in the scientific process by understanding the principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation, and dissemination of results.

Effectively apply educational methodologies and terminology at a level to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.

Apply safety and governmental regulations and standards in clinical laboratory science. Apply knowledge of principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to clinical laboratory science to improve the efficiency of the workplace as well as contribute to quality assurance/quality improvement plans and collaborative healthcare teams to ensure quality healthcare delivery to the community.

Apply the principles and practices of professional and ethical conduct to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of all patients. Recognize the significance of continuing professional development and development of a professional community.