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West Central Ohio Clinical Laboratory Science Program

The West Central Ohio medical laboratory science program is Ohio Northern University's resident three-semester (Table 1) professional experience for those pursuing the BSMLS degree or the post baccalaureate certificate. During the first two semesters, students complete didactic coursework in medical laboratory science theory and practice, hematology and hemostasis, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, clinical immunology, blood banking and transfusion science, biological fluids, professional practice and development. The students complete their final semester of clinical coursework at area clinical affiliates including Lima Memorial Hospital's Clinical Laboratory.

Table 1. Summary of the Program

Summer Semester
11 weeks
(10 wks. Instruction, 1 wk. exams)

Fall Semester
13 weeks
(12 wks. Instruction, 1 wk. exams)

Spring Semester
22 Weeks
(Clinical Practicum Experiences)


BIOL 4621 3 BIOL 4631 3 CLSS 4681 2
BIOL 4641 4 BIOL 4671 4 CLSS 4691 4
CLSS 4601 3 CLSS 4611 3 CLSS 4701 4
CLSS 4661 4 CLSS 4651 4 CLSS 4711 4
        CLSS 4721 4
        CLSS 4731 2
        CLSS 4741 1
        CLSS 4921 1
        CLSS 4941 1
SEMESTER HRS. 14   14   23
TOTAL HRS.         51

WCOCLS Program Courses
BIOL 4621 Biological Fluids
BIOL 4631 Clinical Immunology
BIOL 4641 Hematology and Hemostasis
BIOL 4671 Diagnostic Microbiology
CLSS 4601 Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
CLSS 4611 Professional Practice and Development
CLSS 4651 Blood Banking and Transfusion Science
CLSS 4661 Clinical Chemistry
CLSS 4681 Clinical Laboratory Practicum
CLSS 4691 Clinical Hematology Practicum
CLSS 4701 Blood Bank Practicum
CLSS 4711 Clinical Chemistry Practicum
CLSS 4721 Clinical Microbiology Practicum
CLSS 4731 Immunology & Infectious Diseases Practicum
CLSS 4741 Case Studies in Clinical Laboratory Science
CLSS 4901 Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science
CLSS 4921 Capstone Experience
CLSS 4941 Capstone Seminar

NOTE:  Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science (BSMLS) degree students must submit a formal application for graduation to the Office of the Registrar two semesters in advance of the anticipated term of graduation but must be submitted before the completion of the advance registration period of the semester of planned graduation.  Students will receive a BSMLS at spring commencement.

Essential functions are nonacademic standards that all WCOMLS Program students must be able to master and execute to successfully participate in and complete the program without compromising the safety and well being of students, instructors, patients and the public. The WCOMLS program essential functions require that a student:

  • Identify and differentiate physical features, including color, shape and size of microscopically viewed materials.
  • Identify, discriminate and characterize the physical attributes (e.g., color, odor, consistency) of biological samples, reagents and end points of chemical reactions.
  • Read numbers, letters and symbols displayed in print whether transmitted through non-electronic, electronic or other technological media.
  • Identify and respond to warning signals.
  • Demonstrate dexterity to perform analyses in accordance with established laboratory protocols and to manipulate laboratory utensils, tools, equipment and instrumentation including computer touch-screens, keyboards and handheld calculators.
  • Engage in and sustain physical activity that may require sitting, standing or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Practice laboratory safety and respond to emergent situations in accordance with established guidelines to minimize harm and danger to self and others.
  • Exercise range of motion and reach to work in laboratory facilities, to assist patients who may be seated, prone or standing and to manipulate sample containers, lab utensils, tools, equipment and instrumentation without threatening harm or violating safety protocols.
  • Use available modes of transportation to travel between the University campus and off-campus training sites.
  • Collect specimens in a safe, timely and professional manner without compromising sample integrity or causing the patient undo pain and suffering.
  • Ask appropriate scientific questions and demonstrate ability to evaluate and draw conclusions.
  • Organize and communicate results obtained by observation and experimentation in oral and written form under conditions of stress or calm and within given time constraints.
  • Identify and employ strategies that minimize miscommunication.
  • Adhere to established policies to safe guard confidentiality of information communicated by non-electronic and electronic means.
  • Perform multiple tasks with focused attention on safety, accuracy and quality.
  • Communicate tactfully, respectfully and regardless of the intended audience's race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, handicap, veteran status or national origin.
  • At all times in all circumstances, maintain a professional demeanor and perform every task assignment with focused attention on safety, accuracy and quality.
  • Speak, act and perform assigned tasks in an ethical manner.
  • Recognize and work within the limits of personal abilities, ask for help when required and actively participate in opportunities to improve.
  • Engage in actions that support team workmanship and minimize conflict.
  • Work collaboratively and independently, demonstrating knowledge and mastery of skills when speaking, writing or taking examinations

U.s. Department of Education Gainful Employment disclosure

Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences

Jane Brown

Meyer 118
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed