LMU MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES NOTCH 100% PASS RATE
August 23, 2010 - Harrogate, Tennessee, August 23, 2010—The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) recently released its program performance summary for the April to June 2010 testing cycle and Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Medical Technology Program graduates have achieved a 100% class pass rate on the ASCP BOC Exam.
“The phenomenal achievement of the Medical Technology program is one more indication that the LMU faculty is dedicated to a learning experience of uncommon quality,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “ As Health Science programs are added to the curriculum we will continue to insure that students completing our programs leave here prepared to be leaders and individuals who are capable of delivering the highest quality services in their field. We are indeed proud of the achievements of our Medical Technology graduates.”
All program graduates take the national board exam after having met their academic and laboratory educational requirements. LMU graduates have maintained a 100% pass rate on the national board exam since 2005.
The class of 2010 composite class average of 580 exceeded the minimum pass rate by 180 points and LMU’s top performer exceeded it by 267 points. The class average exceeded the national average in the overall composite score by 84 points. LMU’s class exceeded the national average in all seven categories on the national board exam.
According to the ASCP BOC Program Performance Report, there were 93 university-based medical technology programs in the nation that had graduates testing during this test cycle. The LMU Medical Technology program is currently ranked within the top 10% of these programs based on graduates’ overall performance on the national board exam.
The program at LMU began in 1986, but really took flight in 1989 when Patricia Ramsey became the director. Ramsey grew the program, adding clinical sites and increasing enrollment, until 2005 when Dr. Bill Engle took over the reins. The program continues to grow, admitting its largest class this fall.
“Our graduates continue to demonstrate that we have been successful at growing this program while maintaining quality,” Engle said. “We are very pleased with the performance of our graduates on the ASCP Board of Registry Exam, but there is no higher compliment to our work as educators than having a student find success out of the classroom.”
The program is one of several health care related programs at LMU aimed at easing the looming medical crisis in Appalachia’s medically underserved region. Though the shortage of trained and qualified laboratory technologists and technicians can put patients’ lives at risk just like the shortages of primary care physicians and nurses, it has not gained as much attention. In the state of Tennessee, LMU is just one of five accredited medical technology programs. Dr. Engle said that lab managers in the region rely on LMU graduates to staff their labs and that graduates have as many as six job offers before and immediately following graduation.
LMU is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) to award the Bachelor of Science in medical technology. The University was last visited and reaffirmed by NAACLS in 2005 when it was accredited for the maximum of seven years.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPTION: The Lincoln Memorial University Class of 2010 Medical Technology graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam. LaBreeska Jones, Felicity Mills, Sara Pierce, Kayla Seaton and Ashley Feltner make up the Class of 2010, which is the fifth consecutive class to achieve that feat. LMU’s Medical Technology is among the 10% percent in the nation based on graduates’ performance on the national board.
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