Dr. Karen Harrison, EOSC vice president of academic affairs, Tammy Crow, academic advisor and Idabel coordinator, Joe Strain, MLT program director and Dr. Bruce King, dean of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain County, recently announced that Eastern’s Medical Laboratory Technology program received national accreditation
The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Eastern Oklahoma State College recently received a five-year accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The accreditation recognizes that Eastern has a MLT program that meets nationally established standards of educational quality. The review process included a year-long self-study and site visit.
“This accreditation allows our students to sit for any registry and allows portability to any state,” said Program Director Joe Strain. “This accreditation demonstrates how Eastern’s curriculum and program compare to others across the nation. Our students receive the same high-quality education as other NAACLS-accredited programs everywhere.”
Eastern’s MLT program is one of only five associate programs in the state and is only available in Idabel. Eastern students take course work at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain County Campus and perform their clinical hours at McCurtain Memorial Hospital, Choctaw Nation Health Services and East Texas Medical Center.
Tammy Crow, Eastern’s advisor and site coordinator for Idabel, said about half of the current MLT professionals nationally are within 10 years of retirement and there is a crucial need for graduates in this program.
“Most MLT graduates have a job in the field prior to completing the program because the need is so great,” Crow said.