Office ofthe President
December 13, 2011
Members, Board of Trustees:
CHANGE IN DEGREE — COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Recommendation: that the Board of Trustees approve a change in the name of the Bachelor of
Health Sciences degree with a mzq or in Clinical Laboratory Sciences to Bachelor of Health
Sciences with a major in Medical Laboratory Science (CIP Code: 51.1005, PROG: BHS
MLSC), effective in the Fall 2011 Semester.
Background: Clinical laboratory practitioners are those who perfonn, develop, evaluate,
correlate, and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory infonnation, direct and supervise clinical
laboratory resources and operations, and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
These individuals, as members ofthe health care delivery team, are responsible for assuring
reliable and accurate laboratory test results which contribute to the diagnosis, treatment,
prognosis, and prevention of physiological and pathological conditions in humans.
In 1928, the first certification agency for clinical laboratory personnel, the Board of Registry, was
fonned, and those certified were known as a "Medical Technologist” working in the new
profession of medical technology. In 1933, a program in medical technology began at the
University of Kentucky. In 1978, another certifying agency, the National Certification Agency
for Laboratory Personnel, was also established, however, the agency referred to the profession as
clinical laboratory science, and their certification title was "Clinical Laboratory Scientist.” In
1988, the Medical Technology Program at UK became the Division of Clinical Laboratory
In 2009, the two certifying agencies merged and became the Board of Certification. The
certificate title was changed to "Medical Laboratory Scientist.” In order to be in compliance with
the profession’s only certifying agency, it is necessary to change the name ofthe program from
Clinical Laboratory Sciences to Medical Laboratory Science.
This proposal has the approval ofthe Health Care Colleges Council, Undergraduate Council,
Senate Council, and University Senate. The provost of the University supports this
Action taken: IZI Approved EI Disapproved EI Other