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San Jacinto College
News Release
Saturday, July 16, 2011

San Jacinto College and UTMB: Seamless transfer option for medical laboratory students


PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College (SJC) and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have entered into an articulation agreement to provide medical laboratory students with a seamless transfer into the university's department of clinical laboratory sciences.


This recent partnership will allow more students, who are interested in a career in medical laboratory, to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences after completing an outlined SJC curriculum and successfully passing the national exam provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Requirements for transfer also include completion of the associate in applied science with additional prerequisite courses for UTMB.


"We feel this is a giant step forward in the San Jacinto College medical laboratory technician’s program from the point of community development and successful citizens of the future," said Benjamin Newsome, SJC medical laboratory program director. "This will certainly enrich the current population of medical technologists currently practicing in Houston and Texas."


Employment of medical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by 14 percent within the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). SJC students who graduate with an associate degree in medical laboratory may choose from a variety of positions that include clinical laboratory, histology, anatomic pathology, medical office technician, research assistant; and positions with the Centers for Disease Control, Health and Human Services, medical billing and coding, education, biohazardous waste companies, and police departments.


The SJC medical laboratory technician program introduces students to laboratory safety, hygiene, personal protective equipment, instrumentation, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, immunohematology, and urinalysis. Some courses are eight weeks long and others are 16 weeks. An internship also is incorporated in the medical laboratory technician program.


"This agreement is exciting as it will allow students to transition seamlessly from the medical laboratory technician associate degree to the clinical laboratory sciences bachelor's degree," said Dr. Vicki Freeman, chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UTMB. "This agreement will help to improve the quality of laboratory testing by providing higher level laboratory personnel which serve as supervisors and managers in laboratories.”


Aside from the articulation agreement with UTMB, San Jacinto College also holds agreements with other universities in a variety of disciplines to provide students with specific degree plans to follow to ensure their admission once completed and grade point average requirements are met. SJC students are encouraged to meet education planners, located at all three campuses, to obtain information on transfer and degree plans.


About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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PHOTO: San Jacinto College and the University of Texas Medical Branch signed a transfer agreement at Monday night’s board meeting for students in the medical laboratory program. Pictured, seated (left to right): Ms. Marie Flickinger, Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, Dr. Vicki Freeman, Chair and Program Director, University of Texas Medial Branch; standing (left to right): Dr. H. Neil Matkin, President, San Jacinto College Central; Dr. Barbara Hanson, Vice President for Learning, San Jacinto College Central; Mr. Benjamin Newsome, Program Director for Medical Laboratory Technology Program, San Jacinto College Central. Photo credit: Amanda L. Booren, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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