Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ICLS) began as a program under the Biology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1970. By 1987, the program was transferred under the College of Arts and Sciences as the Medical Technology Department. The move brought along with it more enrollees and more faculty as well as autonomy to the unit. Changes in the B.S. Medical Technology Curriculum design were instituted thus improving the teaching-learning approaches of the course. These improvements led to exemplary performances in the Medical Technology licensure examination over the years as well as its accreditation under the PAASCU.
School Year 1995-96 brought along with it organizational change with the transfer of the Medical Technology Department to a newly created College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS). The Dean of the College of Nursing headed the new college. With this new change, the department was transferred to a new building which was named after its donor Angelo King. Located at the Silliman University Medical Center Compound, Angelo King Building houses the Institute of Rehabilitative Science and the Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
New developments however once again changed the history of the Medical Technology Program. In May 2009, the Silliman Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences with Asst. Prof. Teodora A. Cubelo as its first Director. Today, ICLS had continued to excel as an academic unit in the university. Given a Level II 5-year reaccreditation by PAASCU it continues to endeavor to achieve a PAASCU Level III accreditation.
ICLS is an active member of the Philippine Association of Schools of Medical Technology and Public Health (PASMETH) and was recently awarded Dr. Gustavo U. Reyes Institutional Award as one of the active member school of PASMETH. ICLS also hosted the 40th Annual PASMETH National Convention in May 2010. This significant event gave Silliman University an opportunity to showcase its Christian Culture of teaching-learning: Faith, Instruction, Research and Extension to other member schools in the country.
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The Department of Medical Technology started as a program with only 3 faculty members under the Biology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1970. It separated as a department in the School Year 1987-88 under the same college due to its exemplary performance in the licensure examination, growing population, and the need for autonomy.
For eight more years, the department survived with only two laboratory rooms which also served as lecture rooms, and one faculty room at the Science Complex Building. Facilities and equipment were hard to come by. It was only in the School Year 1993-94 that the department was able to acquire its first three microscopes. Before that, the students have to borrow microscopes from the Biology department.
The School Year 1995-96 brought a lot of changes for the Medical Technology Department. It was the year when the College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences was created in which the Medical Technology Department is one of its academic units. This is headed by the dean of the College of Nursing with much autonomy given to the chairperson and faculty of the department. With the new college, the department transferred to a new building which was named after its donor—Angelo King. This is located at the Silliman University Medical Center Compound. Along with the changes, are great improvements in the department especially on the areas of library, laboratory and instruction. The faculty force was also expanded.
From 3 faculty members in 1970, the department now has 15 active faculty members plus two other members who are on study leave. The department’s performance in the National Board Exams has always been well above the national passing average since its birth 1970 up to the present. But it 1995 when one of our graduates—Miss Lydia Labor—took the first place in the Medical Technology Licensure Examination and Silliman University was ranked #3 among all Medical Technology schools in the Philippines.
In 1997, the department also received a plaque of recognition from PRC for being one of the top five schools in Medical Technology. Topping the board exams and being one of the top schools of Medical Technology in the country however, is not the only yardstick in which the department measures its performance as an institution of learning. It also takes pride in knowing that it produces highly competent graduates with commitment to serve God and country.