Mission, Goals, Competencies

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Medical Laboratory Science is to guide the educative process of students to a professional level of competency, as measured by a national certification examination and feedback from employers of our graduates.  Further, it is our mission to serve the community through continuously improving quality medical care and effective use of education and technology for our staff and students in a personal and compassionate environment.

Program Goals

The overall goal of the Medical Laboratory Science Program is to provide excellent professional education in clinical laboratory science and to assist in carrying out the mission of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center by continuously improving the quality of education for our employees and students in the laboratory environment.  The quality of patient care is enhanced by the presence of educational programs in the hospital, since it provides an academic environment that stimulates and challenges the staff.  The program not only provides well-trained graduates to the healthcare pool, but it keeps our staff professionally motivated and enhances their knowledge and skills.  The staff functions at a higher level of competence by examining new analytical tools, justifying new methodologies, and continuing education as a necessity of quality service to our customers.  Both MBMC and the Pathology Department are committed to supporting and promoting educational programs.

Our goal is to develop Medical Laboratory Scientists who are proficient in:

1. Establishing and following procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis.

2. Accurately performing analytical tests on body fluids, cells and cell products, demonstrating an awareness of professional limitations, and understanding when to request assistance.

3. Evaluating, interpreting, and relating analytical data, while making judgments regarding possible discrepancies; confirming abnormal results; utilizing and verifying quality assurance procedures and developing solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.

4. Operating equipment properly, and establishing and performing preventive and corrective maintenance of laboratory instrumentation, as well as identifying appropriate sources for repairs.

5. Evaluating the efficacy of new techniques, instruments and procedures in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratory’s personnel, equipment, space and budgetary resources.

6. Demonstrating ethical behavior and integrity by recognizing and repeating questionable results, and maintaining confidentiality of patient information.

7. Demonstrating professional conduct, interpersonal communication skills, and compassion with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care personnel, and with the public.

8. Recognizing and assuming responsibility for individual needs for education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.

9. Applying principles of educational methodology, and leading support personnel, peers, and students in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

10. Applying principles of management and supervision.

The desired outcomes of the School of Medical Laboratory Science are high caliber, entry-level graduates who can meet the employment demands of the local medical community, and the continued competence of the laboratory staff that is augmented through participation in the training of medical laboratory scientists.

General Program Objectives and Competencies

1. Design, develop, monitor and update the Medical Laboratory Science educational program consistent with quality assurance through NAACLS accreditation, relationships with academic affiliates, and our customer needs.

2. Establish and implement policies related to the quality of education for our employees and students.

3. Conduct the program in Medical Laboratory Science in accordance with NAACLS standards.

4. Provide appropriate educational opportunities for the technical staff and students.

5. Counsel current and prospective students regarding the MLS career path, academic and behavioral performance, and personal matters that may affect their performance in the program.

6. Monitor, evaluate, and document effectiveness of curriculum and faculty through student, graduate & instructor evaluations, and implement improvements as needed.

7. Provide cooperative curriculum development and recruitment between academic and clinical facilities.

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