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Clinical laboratory science program announces new clinical and academic affiliations

Apr 19, 2011

Ohio Northern University’s Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences has announced a number of new clinical and academic affiliations for its clinical laboratory science (CLS) program.

The newest clinical affiliation agreements are with Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio, and Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Clinical affiliations give Ohio Northern’s CLS students opportunities for clinical experiences.

These new affiliations join those already established with Lima Memorial Hospital and New Vision Medical Laboratories at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio, and Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.

ONU’s CLS students also can seek short-term enrichment experiences at smaller facilities at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton, Ohio, Bluffton Hospital in Bluffton, Ohio, and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

In addition to these clinical affiliations, Ohio Northern has reached an academic affiliation agreement with the University of Findlay. A student, enrolled in the medical technology program at Findlay, will complete his or her clinical experience with the ONU program and then will be eligible for the national examination as a medical technologist.

The Ohio Northern CLS program is accredited for eight students by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. For the first time, all eight seats will be filled for the 2011-12 year. The students are active in the campus chapter of PACLS (Professional Association of Clinical Laboratory Students). Among other activities, PACLS recently hosted a continuing education program for laboratory and other medical professionals.

ONU will celebrate this continued growth during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30. To provide information about the program, a booth will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m., April 26 and 27 in the McIntosh Center.