Ravine Kiam is a senior at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Currently, she is attending the Saint Francis School of biomedical laboratory science in Tulsa, where she will spend the entire year interning in their major laboratories. Her drive for being in a medical related field developed at a young age when she observed her grandfather become a health worker. She will be graduating in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science. From there, she hopes to get a job in one of the many departments of a hospital laboratory.

 She attended Jenks high school where she graduated in 2013 on the President’s Honor Roll. During her senior year of high school, she had the opportunity to shadow the cardiology and radiology department of the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was the president of the school French club and was involved with various other clubs like public speaking and the pre-med club. Outside of the school, she also participated in her church choir and outreach center. From singing in the back to finally being the lead singer, Ravine always leaves space for improvement.

In her first year of college, after getting some insight from a fellow classmate about the bio-medical laboratory science 3+1 program, she decided it will be a good fit for her. In the midst of finally deciding on a major that first year of college, Ravine was also a member of the university’s Pom squad and always kept a cheerful spirit and bright smile when encouraging the university’s football and basketball teams. During both her freshmen and sophomore year, she volunteered at a Tahlequah middle school where she used fun activities as a learning tool to teach the students.  Always seeking for leadership roles, she was also in charge of the International Club’s public relations, where she use her communication skills to advertise the club and get other students to come to the club events. While always keeping herself busy, Ravine always finds time for family, who she considers her biggest support group.

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) has always been an interest of mine, and now that I am finally in the program, I can say that this field is exactly where I need to be. Everything I have been learning, thus far, from how to deal with a patient abnormal CBC to how to call a critical result, comes to me with such an ease that I am confident in the fact that this field is the best fit for me. MLS is an ever-changing position which allows me not only to use my critical thinking skills in solving problems, but also requires me to be creative.  Throughout college I have always been interested in different fields like microbiology, chemistry, parasitology, and molecular biology. It was a hard decision to figure out what I was more passionate about to further pursue. I was so fascinated when I heard about the medical laboratory field because I had finally found a major that incorporated all of these different areas of study, and more, into one. This field plays a huge role in saving patients’ lives on a daily basis.

I would love to be a student representative because I would like to make a difference. Meeting different people in the field, getting some insight about their different experiences over the years, networking, getting involved in planning events, developing leadership skills and, more so, learning more about the field are just few of the reasons why I want to be the student representative. I am a critical thinker, a good team player, a very positive and good spirited person, and a good communicator and listener, which allows me to adapt to different situations and environments. As a student representative, I would love to incorporate activities to get MLS students more involved and communicate any ideas they may have. Similarly, I will make sure to communicate any information I obtain through events or conferences that could be beneficial to the students not just for the program, but for their future careers.




If you are interested in becoming an MLS or MLT in Oklahoma ? Visit the 
NAACLS website to search for the programs around the state .

Watch a brief video that explains what a Medical Laboratory Scientist does.

NAACLS Accredited and Approved MLS and MLT Program in state of Oklahoma are listed below.

MLS Programs
Comanche County Memorial Hospital
3401 West Gore Boulevard 
Lawton OK 73505
Program Director: Stacey Paryag-Stevens MPA, MLS (ASCP) cm, AHI (AMT)   (580) 355-8699

Mercy Hospital - Ada/Ardmore

430 North Monte Vista 
Ada OK 74820
Program Director: Leah Babcock MSHR, MT(ASCP)   (580) 421-1596

Northeastern State University
Department of Health Professions, Coll of Sci and Hlth Professions 
Broken Arrow OK 74014-
Program Director: Sallie Ruskoski PhD, MT(ASCP)   (918) 449-6471

Oklahoma Christian University
Post Box 11000 
Oklahoma City OK 73136-1100
Program Director: Evelyn Paxton MS, MT(ASCP)   (405) 425-1934

Saint Francis Health System
School of Medical Laboratory Science 
Tulsa OK 74136
Program Director Nathaniel Harden MS, MLS(ASCP)cm   (918) 494-6342

MLT Programs
Rose State College
6420 Southeast Fifteenth Street 
Midwest City OK 73110-2704
Program Director: Carlo Ledesma MS, SH (ASCP) CM, MT (ASCP), MT(AMT)   (405) 733-7577

Seminole State College
2701 Boren Boulevard, PO Box 351 
Seminole OK 74818
Program Director : Malinda Browning MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM   (405) 382-9286

Tulsa Community College
909 South Boston Avenue 
Tulsa OK 74119
Program Director : Andrew England MS, MLS (ASCP)cm   (918) 595-8667

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
200 "I" Street, NE 
Miami OK 74354-6497
Program Director : Mitzie Miller MEd, MLS(ASCP)   (918) 540-6307

Second Place Winner

Connor Hollenback

​Oklahoma Christian University

​Nicole Ferrell

Northeastern Oklahoma State University 

First Place Winner

First Place Winner

Morgan Conn

Oklahoma Christian University

ASCLS-Oklahoma student  scholarship.docx

(click link above for ASCLS-OK  Scholarship application)

Its the time of year again when we begin to accept applications for the ASCLS-Oklahoma Scholarship. The scholarships will be combined, for First Place and Second Place, open to all NAACLS-accredited laboratory students that are also ASCLS student members. 
The scholarship application along with all supplement paperwork must be postmarked by November 18, 2018.  Ask your Program Director for the scholarship form, click the link above and copy or copy and paste the form on the right.
If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. 
Miles Tompkins
ASCLS-OK President Elect

Voice of a student 

Rebecca Morris

Oklahoma Christian University 

Second Place Winner