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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Laboratory Science Program Recognized for High Education Quality Standards

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UPMC Chautauqua WCA's Medical Laboratory Science Program provides students with high-quality education as they pursue their career goals. Left to right are medical technology students Abbey Basford, Amanda Ledgerwood, Maame-Esi Aggrey, Michele Harms, program director; Kyle Jordan, program coordinator; Zacheriah Roberts, Emily Dillenburg, Stephanie Bress.


Jamestown, NY (Tuesday, November 21, 2017)—Officials announced that the Medical Laboratory Science Program at UPMC Chautauqua WCA received ten-year reaccreditation, the highest achievable certification from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for being in compliance with the Standards of Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Laboratory Scientist. 

The NAACLS is an independent nonprofit accrediting agency ensuring the quality and integrity of educational programs that prepare professionals to work in the laboratory.

Program director, Michele Harms, MS, MLS(ASCP) said, “The accreditation process set forth by NAACLS is laborious, yet extremely valuable. We are proud that our program is recognized for the caliber of education that our students receive and pleased that we fulfill our pursuit to provide the workforce with high-quality health care professionals.”

“These achievements are only the minimum standards of performance in our eyes,” adds William A. Geary, MD, PhD, pathologist and medical director of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Clinical Laboratory.  “The specific performance in serving patients’ and physicians’ needs is a daily measure of value that remains our focus.” 

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Laboratory Science Program is staffed by two board certified pathologists, quality educators, and more than 70 laboratory technologists, technicians, and health care and support professionals.

“As the world of health care becomes more complex, career opportunities expand,” says Harms. “Qualified individuals are able to find a job in nearly every state in the country. Medical technologists are employed in hospitals, independent laboratories, research facilities, public health organizations, doctors’ offices, food and drug manufactures, and so much more. Medical technologists can branch off into many other fascinating careers including fertility, research, forensics, technical specialists, histologists and more.”

To apply for a position as a medical laboratory technologist, complete the online application.

About Medical Laboratory Science Program

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Laboratory Science Program is an accredited, 45-week, program offering intensive study and clinical experience in medical laboratory science as the final year of a Bachelor's degree.  The classroom-based and hands-on clinical education is designed to develop a responsible and competent laboratory professional who will be prepared to pass an examination required for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. For more information about UPMC Chautauqua WCA, go to



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