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Frequently Asked Questions 
Medical Laboratory Sciences Post-Professional Program

Is there a part-time option for enrollment?

Students may opt to enroll part-time. The courses are offered during set terms, and students should select the courses for each term with their advisor to achieve graduation within two years. There are no courses offered during summer term for post-professional candidates.

Since the program courses are online, how do students complete exams, submit coursework and access lecture materials?

All courses in the post-professional program will be taught within the PCOM learning management system. Courses are structured to provide the same academic materials, integrity, and structure as any classroom environment. Learners will have access to a syllabus, course calendar, lecture notes, handouts, recorded/live lectures, collaborative discussion boards with peers, course assignments and timed exams. Learners will submit all authored work through a digital dropbox, and exams are taken online through timed assessments that have a variety of instructor controls to verify academic integrity. Learners are required to conform to an honor code by which they agree not to cheat, collaborate or surf internet sites for answers. Many instructors use browser lockdowns to ensure academic integrity by locking the exams for users who click outside of the testing environment; hence, resulting in a failing grade.

What if I have a question about an assignment or course material? Is there a person to contact?

Each course in the MS in Medical Laboratory Sciences post-professional program has an instructor. Questions can be asked via email or other communication methods listed by the instructor in the syllabus. Just as in a classroom environment, instructors are expected to respond to your questions, aid you in attaining clarity, and be available during office hours (virtual) during the semester. In cases where your question is not answered in a satisfactory manner, you are encouraged to escalate the matter to the program director.

Will work experience be accepted as course credit, and what about previous coursework that is similar?

Students pursuing the post-professional option are required to complete all aspects of the program in all areas to include Blood Bank, Hematology, Body Fluids, Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis, Phlebotomy, Immunology, and Clinical Microbiology.

What career opportunities are available upon completion of my degree?

Students completing this degree will be poised for positions including supervisor, director, educator or other administrative careers in the healthcare field. All courses contain modules or case scenarios that require technologists to critically think, budget, evaluate and compile data to satisfy the administrative challenges in the laboratory field. Courses also contain the level of knowledge required to teach future medical laboratory scientists in community colleges, technical schools and universities throughout the country.