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Graduate Competencies

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program at Methodist Hospital offers an intensive 11-month educational program providing experience in all major departments of a hospital clinical lab.
Interested in Applying?
The program accepts applications from August through October 15 for the next academic year's class.

Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate is able to:

  1. Develop and perform procedures for collecting, processing, and evaluating specimens and to resolve problems relating to specimen handling.

  2. Perform accurately analytical tests of body fluids, cells, and other substances.

  3. Integrate data, correlate clinical test results to the patient’s condition, and use these skills to recognize discrepancies in patient results.

  4. Follow protocol concerning confirmation of abnormal results.

  5. Apply quality assurance and performance improvement initiatives.

  6. Follow protocol concerning quality control results, troubleshoot quality control problems, and institute procedures to maintain accuracy and precision.

  7. Participate in preventive and corrective maintenance on equipment and instrumentation, as well as, identify appropriate sources for repair.

  8. Develop, evaluate, and select new methods for implementation within laboratory resources.

  9. Exercise professional ethics and demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.

  10. Establish and maintain a program of personal continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.

  11. Provide leadership in educating other health care personnel and the community.

  12. Exercise principles of laboratory operations and management including healthcare delivery systems.

  13. Exercise principles of laboratory safety.

  14. Apply principles of educational methodology.

  15. Apply principles of research methodologies.

  16. Demonstrate knowledge of governmental regulations and standards.


For questions concerning the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, contact Julie Richards, program director, at (402) 354-4563 or email