Rose State College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program competes for national award Published September 8, 2017

Carlos LedesmaOnce again, Rose State College’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program has won popular acclaim amongst their peers as a finalist for best research in lab management for the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

 ASCP is a professional membership organization for pathologist and laboratory professionals, with accreditation from the American National Standards Institute for certifying pathologist and laboratory professionals. ASCP offers multiple opportunities for medical professionals to continue their medical laboratory education through online classes for licensure and accreditation requirements.

Rose State’s Medical Laboratory and Phlebotomy Program Director, Carlo Ledesma, submitted research on “The Importance of Traditional Education in Clinical Laboratory Science”. The significance of the research maintains the importance of staffing medical laboratories with qualified personnel who have traditional education in medical laboratory technologies. Laboratorians with traditional education are 34% less likely to make technical errors when compared to non-traditionally educated testing personnel.

“The practice of medical laboratory science is in dire need of qualified personnel and the research we conducted emphasizes on the fact that qualified, appropriately trained personnel provide quality results,” stated Carlo Ledesma, Rose State’s Program Director. “The hiring of inappropriately trained personnel to perform laboratory tests on patients is a danger to our community because they have not received the appropriate training and educational background compared to Rose State's or other colleges Medical Laboratory Technology program.”

The ASCP 2017 Annual Meeting takes place the first week of September. Ledesma feels honored to be chosen as a finalist for the Best Research in Laboratory Management award. “This shows the dedication of our program not only as educators for future laboratory professionals but also as guardians of laboratory medicine in our community, Ledesma commented.”

Rose State College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program enrolls around 20 students each year, providing them the ability to receive practicum education in several locations across the OKC metro.

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