HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University has received the initial accreditation for the Medical Laboratory Science program from National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, NAACLS is committed to being the premier international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions. NAACLS is, and, as such, is committed to quality in education and educational review.
Centenary University launched the Medical Laboratory Science program in Fall of 2019 and has clinical affiliations throughout the Skylands Region and Pennsylvania. The MLS program is a four-year bachelor degree program with courses in chemistry, immunology, microbiology, hematology, immunohematology and molecular biology.
These courses prepare students for the exciting world of clinical testing to help clinicians with disease diagnosis, treatment and health maintenance. The majority of medical laboratory professionals work in the hospitals and reference labs – you probably remember them as the people who were responsible for doing the COVID-19 testing. The MLS Program’s first graduate, Evonne Scott, completed the rigorous educational and practical program in August 2021.
Demand for certified and well-trained medical laboratory professionals is expected to grow 11 percent through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Craig Fuller, Ph.D., director of the University’s director of health sciences and medical lab science program, and a faculty member in health sciences, said the medical laboratory science degree is part of a broader initiative to expand Centenary’s career-focused educational offerings in the health sciences to meet increasing demand for well-trained professionals in northwestern New Jersey and beyond.
The University also recently introduced a new Bachelor of Science in Health Science, a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.
“This is an exciting time at Centenary,” Dr. Fuller said. “We are expanding into diagnostic testing, health and wellness—areas that are critical to the well-being of our society. These degrees offer our student fascinating practical experiences to help build careers in these growing fields.”
The Medical Laboratory Science program is currently accepting inquiries and applications. For more information, visit CentenaryUniversity.edu.