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Published in Alumni Publications on July 01, 2010
Dr. Renee Wilkins, Clinical Laboratory Science assistant professor, talks with students touring the school on July 14. The students spent the week learning about the academic programs offered at the school as part of a summer outreach project.
Dr. Renee Wilkins, Clinical Laboratory Science assistant professor, talks with students touring the school on July 14. The students spent the week learning about the academic programs offered at the school as part of a summer outreach project.

CLS program offers dual degrees

By Matt Westerfield

For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Clinical Laboratory Science program graduated 31 students. Led by program director Dr. LaToya Richards, CLS currently has 34 traditional students and 31 Advanced Standing students.

Did you know?

Diagnostic and Clinical Health Sciences now offers a dual-track program that allows students to earn two degrees in three years.

While CLS and Cytotechnology are both two-year B.S. programs, they share many core courses. The dual track allows students to finish the two-year CLS program, graduate, then complete Cytotechnology in one year.

Dr. Hamed Benghuzzi, professor and chair of Diagnostic and Clinical Health Sciences, said having both degrees will make the graduate more marketable; laboratories, in effect, will be able to hire two techs for the price of one. He said the program should help address the shortage of clinical laboratory techs and medical techs in underserved areas of the state.

Averaging five students per year, the second groups of dual track students graduated in May.

Awards and achievements

In June, Benghuzzi attended the International Congress of Biomedical Devices in Rome. The conference, which is by invitation only, hosts representatives from 70 countries around the world. This was the first year for Mississippi to be represented.