Awards and Achievements

Methodist Hospital MLS Program Student Ariel Tompsett Is One of Five in U.S. to Receive API Scholarship

Published: Jan. 30, 2017

Ariel Tompsett, a student in the Methodist Hospital Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program, is one of five students nationwide selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API), one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world, serving over 20,000 laboratories.

“Now in our ninth year of awarding API Scholarships, I continue to be impressed with the caliber of students entering the medical laboratory science profession,” said Daniel C. Edson, President of API.  “This year, a number of the scholarship winners are non-traditional students. They began their studies and careers in other fields, but found the clinical laboratory enticing enough to switch course.”

Remembering a past college experience working as a research assistant in a molecular parasitology research laboratory, Ariel Tompsett returned to school after graduating to pursue her passion for laboratory work. “I deeply missed the discovery and adventure that was ever present in that environment,” she explained. “I transformed it from a hobby into my professional career.”

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program at Methodist Hospital is an intensive 11-month educational program providing experience in all major departments of a hospital clinical lab. From six to ten students are accepted into the program each year. Academic affiliates are College of Saint Mary, North Dakota State University and University of Nebraska Omaha.

Methodist's MLS Program, established in 1968 as the Methodist Hospital School of Medical Technology, is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).