The school has been in existence since the hospital was built in 1951. The program director and most of the laboratory supervisors and staff are graduates of this program. Graduates from this program also staff the other hospitals in Lawton/Fort Sill. Although there are a number of students completing a portion of their education in this institution, the School of Medical Laboratory Science is the only educational program based in the hospital with staff and faculty employed by the hospital. All the other educational programs are university or vocational school based.
The program is dedicated to providing an effective and comprehensive educational program for Medical Laboratory Science students to produce well-educated Medical Laboratory personnel for Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Southwest Oklahoma as well.
The objective of the Comanche County Memorial Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science is to provide our students with the following career entry competencies:
1. To collect, process and determine the acceptability of biological specimens for analysis.
2. To perform analysis on body fluids, cells and chemical elements.
3. To maintain and operate laboratory instruments and equipment.
4. To use good judgment regarding the reporting of laboratory determinations.
5. To establish and perform quality control procedure to assure the reliability of all test results.
6. To practice laboratory safety, so as not to endanger ones self, coworkers or patients.
7. To keep accurate records.
8. To communicate with physicians, patients, and other members of the health care team.
9. To be familiar with management responsibilities.
10. To teach medical laboratory procedures and be knowledgeable of educational methodology.
11. To actively participate in continuing education programs.
12. To maintain a professional and caring attitude toward patients, families, and other members of the health care team.
13. To peruse published articles and make informed decisions relevant to their scope of study.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
The Comanche County Memorial Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science is the only accredited program in Southwest Oklahoma by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS granted re-accreditation to CCMH MLS School in April 2017 for 10 years, which will be valid until 2027 for fulfilling all requirements after the paper review and site inspection in 2016.
NAACLS has established 3-year average benchmarks for the following criteria in its 2012 accreditation standards to measure the Program Outcomes.
- ASCP certification rates – at least 75% passrate within first year of graduation,
- Graduation rates – at least 70% of graduates who have begun the final half year of the program,
- Placement rates – at least 70% of respondent graduates either find employment or continue their education within one year of graduation.
CCMH Graduation Years: 2020 – 2022
|Program Outcomes||2019-2020||2020-2021||2021-2022||Three Year Average||NAACLS Benchmark|
|# of Graduates||6||5||5|
|ASCP BOC Pass rate||100%||100%||100%||100%||75%|
|AMT RPT Pass rate||100%||100%||100%||100%||75%|
Take a tourA 180 square foot classroom is provided for the exclusive use by the MLS students
Comanche County Memorial Hospital is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. Our medical laboratory science faculty members are required to be certified and have at least a minimum of one (1) year of clinical working experience. Selection of our faculty members is nondiscriminatory.