Medical Laboratory Science


Name Change

Please note that as of Fall 2011, the Department of Medical Technology has officially changed its name to the Department of Medical
Laboratory Science. This name change is in accordance with the recommendation of our national professional organizations. During this
time of transition, you may receive communications with our original name. We thank you for your understanding as we work to update all of
our materials to reflect this exciting new change.

Please note that as a result of our name change, our website address is now

Thank you for your attention and if you have any questions about our name change, please feel free to contact us at 912.344.2549. 

NAACLS Accreditation 

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) received a communication that it has been awarded the maximum allowable 7-year accreditation renewal by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). The comprehensive re-accreditation process required the Program to evaluate itself according to 22 standards set by NAACLS. Faculty and administrators spent well over a year preparing a comprehensive self-study document that addressed the program’s compliance with each of these standards. A site visit team comprised of administrators and faculty members from other independent universities visited the Armstrong campus for two days in March 2011, conducting interviews with faculty, administrators, advisory board members, graduates, and current students. Through these interviews, observations, and reflections in the self-study report, the site visit team formed a final report and provided a list of commendations based on their findings. The report was enormously complimentary and instructive. The MLS program at Armstrong was found to be managed by expert administrators and talented and devoted faculty and staff that were successful in establishing a vibrant and rigorous curriculum with the inclusion of relevant clinical experiences and service learning opportunities in the curriculum.

ASCLS Global Outreach
Hassan Aziz (Medical Laboratory Science) was invited to participate in the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Global Outreach program. The mission of the program is to improve global health by identifying and implementing innovative methods and partnerships that improve laboratory practices. ASCP Global Outreach partnered with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide laboratory training and implement laboratory quality improvement initiatives. These programs enhance the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of HIV/AIDS patients in resource-constrained countries. They provide treatment for 2.5 million people, preventing 12 million new infections, and supporting the more than 12 million people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, including children orphaned by the disease. Aziz will assist with the assessment, training and evaluation of African laboratorians in the subject area of microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, laboratory management and phlebotomy; as well as Pre-Service curriculum development and implementation at the certificate and diploma levels. 

ASCLS 2011 Annual Meeting
Hassan Aziz, Charlotte Bates, Chad Guilliams, and Floyd Josephat attended the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) 2011 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, July 26 – 30, 2011. Aziz delivered a well attended presentation entitled “Impact of Old Infections on Today’s Society”. At the meeting, it was announced that Aziz was the recipient of the prestigious Gloria F. "Mike" Gilbert Memorial Trustee Award. This award recognized his significant accomplishments, excellence in practice, innovative and creative ideas, and progressive achievements that were contributory to the advancement of the profession. Aziz currently serves on the ASCLS Board of Directors.  

ASCLS GA Annual Meeting
On March 12, 2011, Charlotte Bates, Chad Guilliams, Floyd Josephat, Hassan Aziz (Medical Technology) attended the 2011 Annual Meeting for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Georgia in Atlanta. Guilliams presented a session entitled “Microbiology is Fundamental” while the topic of Josephat’s presentation was “Predicting Pass/Fail Outcomes on the MT-ASCP Exam”. 

At the meeting, the faculty were recognized for their professional engagement and dedication.  Bates, Josephat and Guilliams received the Omicron Sigma award for volunteering their personal resources, time and energy to the society. Katrina Jackson (Class 2010) and Josephat were the recipients of the Keys to Future Award. This award recognizes and rewards highly motivated ASCLS  members who have demonstrated their leadership potential. The Society awarded Guilliams and Aziz the Contribution to the Profession Awards for their outstanding services to the profession of Clinical Laboratory Science.  

Spring 2011

Floyd Josephat (Medical Technology) successfully completed the defense of his dissertation, Predicting Pass/Fail Outcomes in Tennessee on the Medical Technologist, at Union University. This completes the requirements for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Dr. Josephat. Congratulations!

Hassan Aziz (Medical Technology) presented a session entitled "Successful Strategies for a New Program Director" at the 27th Annual Clinical Laboratory Educators' Conference. The meeting was held at Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 17 -21, 2011.

The Medical Technology Program is scheduled for an accreditation site visit on March 30 -31, 2011. The program received continuing accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for three consecutive periods of seven years (1990-1997, 1997-2004, and 2004-2011).   

Fall 2010

You and your clinical team are invited to attend the 6th Annual Medical Technology Senior Symposium. It is on 11/16/10 from 1 to 4 pm at The Med Ed Auditorium at Memorial University Medical Center. The Senior Symposium is an event to recognize the work of the graduating MT class.  Throughout their clinical practicum rotations, students have been collecting information about particular patient cases.  Now they are ready to present those cases. Registration information and schedule can be found in the attached brochure. /images/Symposium Brochure_F10(2).pdf

Hassan Aziz, Medical Technology, was invited by the popular publication, Advance for Medical Laboratory Personnel, to be the writer of an electronic educational blog. The blog “From Classroom to Bench: A Lab Educator’s Perspective” will offer educational insights to professionals in the field and can be viewed at

Summer 2010


Hassan Aziz and Chad Guilliams, medical technology, attended the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) 78th Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Aziz serves on the ASCLS Board of Directors and Guilliams is the treasurer of ASCLS-Georgia. Aziz was invited to speak at the meeting. The title of his presentation was Effective Leadership in the Laboratory.

Hassan Aziz (Medical Technology) was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity. Alpha Mu Tau is a national fraternity whose purpose is the advancement of professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. One of the prime activities of the fraternity is the granting of graduate and undergraduate scholarships for clinical laboratory science students.

Aziz, in collaboration with a 2009 Medical Technology graduate, Erin Adams published an article "Coughing up a Caterpillar". The article appeared in the 2010 June/July issue of ASCLS Today.

Lab Week 2010

The National Medical Laboratory Week is fast approaching. It is an annual event where we are recognized for our role in the health care arena. On April 18 - 24, the dedication and expertise of medical technologists will be brought out from behind the walls of the lab and into the spotlight with the theme Laboratory Professionals: Laboratory Professionals Get Result.

We are exceptionally honored and pleased to communicate to you that Governor Perdue has proclaimed the week of April 18 — 24 as Medical Laboratory Week. It serves as a testament on our vital role in health care. Please follow the link to see the proclamation. Proclamation_2010.pdf image. In addition, the Department received a letter from Mayor Otis Johnson of Savannah recognizing the diligent work of the laboratory community in the city. Mayor_Johnson.pdfimage.

Aziz Published a Book

Hassan Aziz, Department Head and Associate professor of medical technology at Armstrong Atlantic State University, wrote three book chapters in the recently published textbook "Clinical Laboratory Microbiology: A Practical Approach" published by Pearson Education.

Faculty Scholarship in February and March 2010

In late February, Michelle Butina, Charlotte Bates, Hassan Aziz and Chad Guilliams attended the Clinical Laboratory Educator's Conference in Biloxi, MS. Butina presented a session entitled "Skills for Classroom and Meeting Presentations".

Aziz was invited to present at the Florida Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Annual Meeting in Orlando. The topic of his presentation was "Introduction to Biofilms".

A few days later, Guilliams and Aziz went to Washington DC for the 2010 Legislative Symposium which is held once a year so that clinical laboratory professional can meet their legislators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of the clinical laboratory science profession. This year over 150 clinical laboratory professionals were present to advocate for the profession.

Last, all members of the faculty attended the 62nd Annual ASCLS-GA meeting which was held on March 26 in Savannah. At this meeting Butina and Guilliams presented a Certification Exam Review sessions for students. The meeting was organized by Guilliams.

Article Published, Faulty-Alumni Collaboration

Aziz, in collaboration with a 2008 Medical Technology graduate, Randi Taylor, published an article "Strongyloides stercoralis: a case study". The article appeared in the 2009 November issue of Medical Laboratory Observer. (November 2009)

Read full article:

Light the Night, 2009

The Medical Technology department raised $2,364.75 for the light the night campaign to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers, thanks to the leadership of Michele Butina, Chad Guilliams, and Katrina Jackson. During the fall semester, the medical technology club held numerous light the night fundraising events and was instrumental in the success of this years light the night campaign. The Armstrong Atlantic State campus was able to raise a total of $14,429 for the leukemia and lymphoma society with the helpf of Michele Butina's hard work and dedication. (November 2009)

Read the story and watch a movie about the event.

Blood Drive

On Wednesday September 30, 2009, the College of Health Professions hosted a blood drive with Savannah Community Blood Bank. We ended up with 52 donors registering and 35 donations. (November 2009)

Faculty Scholarship

Aziz, in collaboration with a 2008 Medical Technology graduate, Tareese Martin, published an article "Bacteroides fragilis: A Case Study of Bacteremia and Septic Arthritis". The article appeared in the 2009 Summer issue of Clinical Laboratory Science.

Aziz was also invited to speak at the 2010 Annual American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The title of his presentation is Effective Leadership in the Laboratory. Aziz serves on the ASCLS Board of Directors.

New Officers for Med Tech Club

The Medical Technology Club at AASU meets on a monthly basis and discusses state and national meetings held by the Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, as well as other issues including current events, professional concerns and community involvement. This organization is designed to encourage participation outside the immediate work/study environment and draw attention to the importance of professional and national awareness. The Club elected its new officers for 2009-2010. The following students were elected by their peers to serve as the Club Officers: President: Katrina Jackson, Vice President: Xochitl Diaz, Treasurer: Natasha, Conyers, Secretary: Elisabeth Reese. (September 2009)

Aziz to Serve on ASCLS BOD

Hassan Aziz was elected to serve on the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Board of Directors.

Scholarship in the Spring
Spring semester of 2009 has been full of events for the Faculty of the Med Tech Department. As spring is the season of renewing and refreshing, it is also the time for many of the professional societies to have their annual meetings to enrich, enthuse and enliven clinical laboratory professionals. The MT Faculty played an active role in encouraging professionals by presenting at various venues.

Aziz Featured as a Lab Leader

ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals launched a new column on its Web site, titled "Lab Leaders." Dr. Hassan Aziz was selected to be the first laboratory professional to be featured in this column. Read the entire interview at this link:

Aziz Presents a Paper at International Conference

Hassan Aziz headed to Orlando from November 4-7, 2008, for The 14th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. He presented a paper entitled "A Hybrid Approach to Address Medical Laboratory Manpower". (November 08)

Butina selected for Leardership Academy

Michelle Butina has been accepted as a participant in the 2008-2009 ASCLS Leadership Academy. She will join a select group of ASCLS members who will develop the leadership skills that are necessary to take ASCLS into the future. (May 2008)