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BSC finalizes medical lab offerings with Miles Community College

Posted on 12/12/2012

Bismarck State College (BSC) and Miles Community College (MCC) in Miles City, Mont., have finalized a memorandum of understanding that will allow BSC to deliver its Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) associate degree to students enrolled at MCC beginning fall 2013.

Under the agreement, students enrolled at MCC will take their general education courses from MCC, but their technical MLT courses from BSC, earning an Associate in Science from BSC in the end.

MLT classes will be delivered from BSC via interactive video network. Labs are taught at MCC by the MLT program coordinator, Sharon O'Meara.

O'Meara also coordinates the students' required clinic lab rotation, which for MCC students occurs at Holy Rosary Healthcare Lab in Miles City.

According to BSC MLT program director, Angela Uhlich, medical laboratory technicians are in short supply throughout the region.

"Because MLT programs are expensive to develop and difficult to staff, sharing our well-established and accredited program in this way will really serve students and the medical needs of the area," she said.

O'Meara and MCC president, Dr. Stefani Gray Hicswa, will be at BSC on Thursday to finalize the agreement.

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