CLS Student Handbook
Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Policies
In addition to the academic requirements, there are “essential functions” (non-academic requirements) that MLT and MLS students must possess so that they will be capable of achieving the objectives of the program and the profession, and so they will not be endangered, not will they endanger others in the course of their regular work. A student in the MLT or MLS program must possess the following essential functions:
Manual Dexterity: Must possess the ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic devices with coordination. Tasks that could be required are, but are not limited to 1)performing simple manipulative skills such as washing, writing, streaking plates, etc. 2)performing moderately difficult manipulative skills such as positioning patients for phlebotomy procedures, using computer keyboards, etc. 3)performing difficult manipulative skills such as invasive procedures, calibration of equipment, pulling, pushing and lifting objects greater than 20 lbs, etc.
Fine Motor Skills: Must possess the ability to safely and accurately perform all laboratory procedures, manipulate tools, instruments, small objects and other equipment in the laboratory with fingertips or adaptive devices.
Mobility: Ability to maneuver around instruments and objects in the classroom and laboratory, as well as in the health care setting/clinical laboratory.
Visual Discrimination: The student must be able to read charts and graphs, read instrument scales, discriminate colors, read microscopic materials, distinguish cloudy from clear and record results.
Hearing: Must possess the ability to adapt with assistive devices.
Reading: Must possess the ability to read, comprehend and follow directions in printed English.
Speech: Must possess the ability to verbally communicate effectively in English.
Writing: Must possess the ability to communicate in written form in English.
Emotional Stability: Must possess the ability to work accurately and safely under stress, adapt to changing environments and prioritize tasks.
Travel Requirements: Must possess the ability to travel to required education/training destinations, such as the classroom, or clinical facility.