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SLU Medical Laboratory Science Program Partners with Quest Diagnostics for Accelerated Degree

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program and Quest Diagnostics are partnering to launch an accelerated bachelor’s degree program. The 16-month program will combine online academic courses with intensive hands-on learning and clinical experiences in Quest’s Lenexa, Kansas laboratory. The first cohort for the accelerated degree program is scheduled to start in the spring semester of 2023.

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The SLU Medical Laboratory Science program and Quest Diagnostics are partnering to launch an accelerated bachelor’s degree program.

SLU and Quest celebrated the partnership with a kickoff event at one of Quest’s laboratory sites in late October. The event included a panel featuring SLU MLS Program Director Amanda Reed, MAE, MLS(ASCP)CM, Quest Vice President of Laboratory Operations Doug Hamilton, as well as others from the medical community. A central topic that was discussed was the need to advance the medical laboratory science field in the face of a looming labor shortage. 

Previous experience with the Quest St. Louis location gives Reed confidence that expanding the partnership to the Lenexa laboratory will be a success. 

“Quest’s St. Louis location has been one of our students’ favorite clinical affiliates for the in-seat program for many years,” Reed said. “The clinical preceptors at Quest are so welcoming, knowledgeable, encouraging and passionate about the MLS profession.”  

The SLU MLS program is housed in the Clinical Health Sciences department. Clinical Health Sciences Interim Department Chair Crystal Botkin, Ph.D., MPH, CNMT, PET, FSNMMI-TS, was excited by the opportunities SLU’s new partnership with Quest would provide. 

“An accelerated, online MLS program creates the opportunity to move toward a strategic focus of SLU by expanding access to a Jesuit higher education and to individuals interested in working in the MLS field and could not otherwise obtain this necessary education,” Dr. Botkin said. 

Quest VP of Laboratory Operations Doug Hamilton discussed how important a partnership like this could be for the medical laboratory science community. 

“We’re excited to team up with SLU, a leader in educating the next generation of lab leaders,” Hamilton said. “The number of people currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science will satisfy only half of the demand for these workers during the next 10 years. One-third of our staff is currently at or above retirement age, making the need for MLS professionals even greater.” 

DCHS Dean Bernard Rousseau, Ph.D., MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is excited about the new academic partnership with Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.  

“The Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University and its Medical Laboratory Science program celebrates this new academic partnership with Quest Diagnostics. This partnership aligns very nicely with our vision to increase access and affordability to programs in our college and lead the expansion of Jesuit higher education in the health sciences. SLU’s MLS program was one of the first programs in the country, founded in 1929, and has been continuously accredited for over 89 years since the graduation of its first class in 1933. We look forward to partnering with Quest to provide a solution to the looming labor shortages for medical laboratory science professionals,” Dean Rousseau said. 

Learn more about SLU’s Accelerated MLS Program

About SLU’s Doisy College of Health Sciences: 

The Doisy College of Health Sciences has provided students with the tools and education to become well-prepared health care professionals since 1929. Doisy College of Health Sciences offers health care education at the baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional levels in a variety of health-related fields. 

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.