USF Crown Point to offer Medical Lab Technician degree
Jan 9, 2013 CROWN POINT, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis is accepting enrollment for a new Associate of Science-Medical Laboratory Technician in January.
The Associate of Science-Medical Laboratory Technician provides another option for students interested in health sciences careers. Market studies have identified associate-level clinical laboratory science as a substantial growth area in the health sciences field, and as a potent higher-education-to-career degree. The degree also provides students a basis for advancement to baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
Coursework balances the foundations of science with focused technical skills. It includes sixteen hours of clinical rotations, which can be completed through an arrangement with Franciscan Alliance Inc.
Students will fulfill the general education requirements through various courses in social and natural sciences, humanities, religious studies and math, with the majority of coursework focusing on science and laboratory competencies.
The clinical laboratory science/medical technology program has a long tenure at the bachelor degree level at the main University of Saint Francis campus in Fort Wayne, and the Crown Point associate degree draws from that expertise and academic tradition.
Full-time USF Crown Point staff members serve as academic advisers and mentors to medical laboratory technician majors, assisting them to design a program that helps them complete a degree or continue to a bachelor's degree. Full-time faculty will also serve as instructors in many of the program’s courses, giving students a rich interdisciplinary experience.
“We at USF Crown Point are excited about the opportunity this new program offers students in northwest Indiana,” said Sister Elaine Brothers, interim dean. “This program was created as a response to a local need for additional MLTs to serve the needs of the local healthcare facilities. The program was developed in cooperation with PCL Alverno medical laboratories. We plan to continue to respond to other healthcare needs in the region by providing academic programs to prepare a qualified workforce.”
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.
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