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Published April 27, 2022

A new partnership between Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC will allow biology students completing their undergraduate studies at Winthrop to also complete a medical laboratory science (MLS) certification at Carolinas College.

The Winthrop biology students spend their first three years taking general, introductory and advanced biology classes. They’ll spend their final year at Carolinas College in order to complete the MLS certification.

“Our partnership with Winthrop is the gateway to educating future medical laboratory scientists a year sooner, with the hope to expand our partnership with other healthcare program offerings, thus, working together for the common cause of fulfilling workforce needs in our regions of upstate South Carolina and the greater Charlotte area in North Carolina,” said Melissa Jackson, program chair of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Carolinas College.

The Carolinas College Medical Laboratory Science program prepares students to become entry-level medical laboratory scientists. They focus on clinical laboratory testing and help detect, diagnose and treat diseases. The program includes lectures and hands-on training at the college’s Charlotte campus as well as clinical training in the laboratories of Atrium Health. Typically, 100% of students pass their national certification exam on the first attempt, and many secure jobs with Atrium Health.

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