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June 2012

Eastern’s Medical Laboratory Technician Program Earns National Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Eastern Oklahoma State College recently received a five-year accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Eastern’s program is one of only five in the state of Oklahoma.

“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 students in Idabel take coursework 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, 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.

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