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Goals and Competencies

Mission, Program Goals & Competencies

Mission Statement

Community Healthcare System Laboratory: Supports the mission and values of Community Healthcare System, Inc., through communication, performance and self-example to patients, other employees and the community.

  • Serves as a role-model in all actions and dealings with employees.
  • Recognizes the importance of the contribution of each individual's work in the hospital.
  • Interacts courteously and compassionately with patients, family/significant others, and other employees.
  • Maintains a professional appearance in all hospital activities. Projects a positive image in the community 

Community Healthcare System School of MLS: Supports the mission and values of Community Healthcare System and CHS Laboratory. 

Program Goals and Competencies

Program Goals

  • Provide a higher education opportunity to promote the highest standards of the clinical laboratory profession in the greater scope of patient-centered healthcare.
  • Select excellent, motivated candidates with interest and aptitude for a career in the clinical laboratory.
  • Provide didactic instruction as a foundation for practicum in all areas of clinical laboratory science for a comprehensive educational experience.
  • Promote awareness of the clinical laboratory science; and provide highly skilled, well-prepared and professional entry-level scientists for the profession.
  • Maintain the highest professional standards and current information/knowledge of clinical sciences instruction for our students, so they are provided with a quality educational experience and preparation which is necessary for success in the professional clinical laboratory.
  • Have students qualify for and achieve National Certification, such as ASCP.

Graduate Competencies

Students who enroll in Community Healthcare System School of Medical Science will receive training in these competencies:

Hematology: Automated, semi-automated and basic/essential manual procedures, blood cell identification/differentials, assistance with bone marrow procedures and specimen preparation, associated instrument quality control and maintenance documentation.

Coagulation: Automated and manual testing, screening for abnormalities, anticoagulant monitoring, POC activated clotting time, HIT testing, associated instrument quality control and maintenance documentation.

Urine and Body Fluid: Automated and manual urinalysis, automated and manual body fluid analysis for cells and crystals, associated instrument quality control and maintenance documentation.

Clinical Chemistry: A variety of automated, semi-automated and manual, batched, continuous access and stat testing of serum, blood, urine and body fluids, emphasis on stat turn-around time for cardiac and stroke evaluation, associated instrument quality control, calibration and maintenance documentation.

Blood Banking and Transfusion Practice: Manual and basic automated procedures using tubes and microtube gel system, screening and identification techniques for unexpected antibodies, cord blood evaluation, component selection, secondary preparation (thaw/pool) and judicious utilization of limited and perishable resources, associated instrument quality control and maintenance documentation.

Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Immunology: Specimen processing, plating, manual and automated organism identification, manual and automated biochemical testing, rapid immunological testing, rapid parasitology testing, mycology and mycobacteriology specimen handling and testing, automated and manual susceptibility testing, associated instrument quality control and maintenance documentation.

Phlebotomy: Phlebotomy and other specimen collection and specimen receipt, processing and handling, storage and retrieval, appropriate and professional patient/customer interaction using AIDET communication skills, age and culturally appropriate communication. Evaluation of pre-analytical factors in determining acceptability of specimens for valid testing and analysis.

Topics: With Topics instruction, the graduate will have awareness of management/supervisory roles in laboratory operations, scheduled departmental review activities, quality monitors, compliance, accreditation, inspection readiness, competency assessment and documentation, financial management, human resources, personnel processes and outreach services.

Understanding: Graduate competencies include understanding pre-analytical, analytical and post analytical considerations including specimen quality, handling, storage, and retrieval, instrument and LIS flagging requiring analytical evaluation for specimen, instrument or patient condition issues, post analytical documentation of result reporting with required documentation of actions pertaining to the specimen, test or critical result notification.