Program Mission, Vision and Goals

The School of Medical Laboratory Science is a mission-driven educational program. Learn more about our program mission, vision and goals.

Program Mission

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program is to recruit, educate, and prepare highly competent medical laboratory scientists to serve their patients and the healthcare profession while demonstrating high ethical and moral standards and the utmost in technical competence.

Program Vision

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science program is committed to improving the quality of life of those we serve. We do this by being one of the leading programs in the state, with recognition of graduates for leadership, compassion and clinical expertise.

Program Goals

The goals of the University of Tennessee Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science program are to:

  • Provide conscientious, caring, skilled medical laboratory scientists. As a result, these scientists are highly capable of comprehending, practicing, and furthering medical laboratory science, while meeting healthcare needs in the region.
  • Uphold and promote the academic standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the State of Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board, and the University of Tennessee.
  • Provide an appropriate combination of didactic and clinical experiences. Above all, we do this so that the students will develop competency in the skills needed to meet challenges of the profession.
  • Provide a stimulating atmosphere for students, faculty and laboratory staff. Thus, our students develop the desire for learning and the development of new knowledge to respond to changing demands of the profession.
  • Maintain a source of professionals who participate in bringing new knowledge to the clinical laboratories. This is accomplished through research and continuing education.
  • Develop graduates with the capacity to participate in leadership roles in education and management.
  • Promote interest in the growth of medical laboratory science as a profession.
  • Through clinical experience and the gradual reduction of supervision, students develop professional skills. These include the ability to organize work, make judgments and evaluations, handle problems and embrace professional responsibility. The student has the obligation to attain and maintain the expected competency in all areas pertinent to medical laboratory science.

Program Accomplishments

As reported to NAACLS, our accrediting agency, for the prior three years (2019, 2020, and 2021):

  • 100% graduation rate
  • 0% attrition rate
  • 100% job placement
  • 100% pass rate for the MLS national exam

Contact Us

School of Medical Laboratory Science
1924 Alcoa Highway
HR Annex, Floor 2
Knoxville, TN 37920 

LeeAnne Briggs -