Lab Competency Requirements
Most of the MLS online theory courses have two major components:
- The didactic ("lecture") content, which is delivered online using various instructional approaches.
- The laboratory component, which is to be completed concurrently with the class in the laboratory where you are employed.
A detailed list of laboratory competencies is provided for each course listed below. You will work closely with a mentor in your laboratory who has agreed to be available to answer questions, evaluate core laboratory competencies and assist you as needed. Laboratory competencies should not be performed during your working hours but on your own time.
The role of the mentor is not to serve as a full-time clinical instructor. Various mentors may be utilized depending on the size of the laboratory. At the end of each course, the mentor provides the MLS department with a completed competency list, including comments on your performance.
Click on each course below for a PDF file that lists the corresponding lab competencies:
AAS degree courses:
BS degree courses:
- In addition to the courses above, there are several other BS program courses that require students to complete project-based assignments in the laboratory. These courses do not have competency checklists or a mininum clinical hour requirement.
Breakdown of the minimum total required hours for each MLS class:
Students enrolled in this program may (dependent on the program of choice) complete various projects emphasizing workload recording, test method validation, procedure manual evaluation, CAP and CLIA requirements, and instrument selection. To complete these projects, the student will need access to procedure manuals, laboratory data, instrument validation data, and on occasion utilize laboratory instruments from the supporting facility. Students should not work on these projects as a part of their regular work duties. The laboratory competencies may be accessed on the WSU website.
Minimum Clinical Competency Hours required for each WSU MLS Course: Please note that hours listed are a minimum and that the goal of the clinical experience is for the laboratory mentor to feel comfortable with the student’s performance at the entry level. Students must pass the competency checklist in order to be deemed competent and pass their courses. If more time is needed than the minimum – the student should expect to spend additional time. Competency checklists may be accessed above.
|AAS Program Courses:||Credits||Minimum required lab hours over semester|
|MLS 1113 Introduction to Laboratory Practices||4||64 hours minimum|
|MLS 1114 Principles of Hematology & Hemostasis||4||64 hours minimum|
|MLS 2211 Principles of Clinical Chemistry I||5||80 hours minimum|
|MLS 2213 Principles of Clinical Chemistry II||5||80 hours minimum|
|MLS 2212 Principles of Clinical Microbiology I||4||80 hours minimum|
|MLS 2214 Principles of Clinical Microbiology II||4||80 hours minimum|
|MLS 2210 Principles of Immunohematology||5||80 hours minimum|
|BS Program Courses:||Credits||Minimum required lab hours over semester|
|MLS 3310 Advanced Immunohematology||4||64 hours minimum|
|MLS 3313 Advanced Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis||4||64 hours minimum|
|MLS 3316 Advanced Clinical Micro and Molecular Diagnostics||4||*80 – 120 hours minimum|
*Note: if the student is currently working in microbiology, they may complete the laboratory competency in 80 hours. However; if they have not been working in microbiology, they may need to spend a minimum of 120 hours.