A Capstone Certificate Program from the University
of Wisconsin - School of Medicine and Public Health
Expanding the boundaries of the University to serve the
needs of students everywhere
This Graduate Capstone Certificate is part of a University initiative to develop innovative educational programs that will serve the educational needs of non-traditional students, such as healthcare professionals who are already on-the-job. The University of Wisconsin has always considered the boundaries of the University to be the boundaries of the State. Now, with the communication capabilities of the Internet and the World Wide Web, these boundaries are expanding to the country and the world.
Purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Quality
The transformation of healthcare organizations is changing the role of Medical Technologists and Clinical Laboratory Scientists from doers of tests to managers of testing processes. Professional societies, such as the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), and Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) are defining new skill sets, many of which are aimed at managing clinical systems and clinical testing processes. The Graduate Capstone Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management provides Medical Technologists, Clinical Laboratory Scientists, and biotechnology majors responsible for measurements in industrial and research laboratories with: (a) new knowledge and skills in quality management as applied to laboratory testing in healthcare, and (b) the ability to complete studies for a graduate certificate anywhere and anytime, even if employed full-time.
Program mission and goals
The graduate capstone certificate curriculum in Laboratory Quality Management meets the needs of medical technologists, clinical laboratory scientists, and biotechnology professionals wanting to advance their careers as managers of clinical systems and testing processes. The objective of the capstone curriculum in quality control, method validation, quality planning and quality assurance as applied to laboratory testing in health care is to provide formalized training and a practicum for students to plan, implement and evaluate management principles and practices in their work environment.
Distance Education Format via the Internet
Professionals wanting to advance their careers by becoming managers of clinical systems and clinical testing processes are likely to be employed full-time in healthcare organizations. In today's turbulent times, they are unlikely to give up current jobs to relocate to a university campus to complete additional courses. All required courses for the Graduate Capstone Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management are available via distance education through the World Wide Web. This format allows professionals to enroll anywhere in the state and nation, to minimize expenses and to maintain their current positions in healthcare organizations. Once the Graduate Capstone Certificate is completed, professionals will be able to continue their studies for a MS degree with additional web-based courses or with additional on-campus courses in selected areas of study that require access to laboratories and laboratory equipment.
Curriculum for Graduate Education
The Graduate Capstone Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management requires 12 credits in the following areas of study:
- Quality Control Practices for Laboratory Tests
- Validation of Laboratory Methods and Technology
- Quality Planning for Laboratory Testing Processes
- Quality Assurance Practices in Healthcare Laboratories
The core courses are being developed by two senior faculty
who are recognized nationally for their expertise in
laboratory quality management:
Sharon L. Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health,
Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program in the
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
James O. Westgard, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health,
Director of Quality Management Services in the Clinical
Laboratories at UW Hospital and Clinics
Availability of Courses
Quality Control Basics - Now!
Quality Control Projects - Now!
Method Validation Basics - Now!
Method Validation Projects - Now!
Quality Planning Basics - Now!
Quality Planning Projects - Now!
Quality Assurance Basics - Now!
Quality Assurance Projects - Now!
For further information, please contact:
Sharon Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
Director, Clinical Laboratory Science Program
Room 6173 Medical Science Center
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
E-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone (608) 262-2085