Janet Whitney

Janet Whitney
Janet Whitney
Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory Science
(515) 643-6741

Office Location
ACE - 204

Office Hours
Posted outside office. Please contact for appointment.

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Medical Laboratory Science Program
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239

Year Started at Mercy College 2009

  • Department: Medical Laboratory Science


  • MEd, Higher Education Leadership, Upper Iowa University (2016)
  • BA, Biology, Wartburg College (1987)
  • Certificate of Medical Technology, St. Luke's Hospital (1988)
  • Specialist in Blood Banking, Memorial Blood Center (1993)

Courses Regularly Taught

  • MLS 411 Clinical Immunology Didactic
  • MLS 412 Clinical Immunohematology Didactic
  • MLS 444 Clinical Hematology Didactic I
  • MLS 474 Clinical Hematology Didactic II
  • MLS 432 Clinical Immunology and Immunohematology Rotation I
  • MLS 433 Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis, Body Fluids, and Microscopy Rotation I
  • MLS 462 Clinical Immunology and Immunohematology Rotation II
  • MLS 463 Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis, Body Fluids, and Microscopy Rotation II


  • Medical Laboratory Scientist, (ASCP)cm, American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)cm, American Association of Blood Banks

Clinical/Field Experience

  • I have worked full-time; part-time; or PRN since 1988 at a variety of hospital laboratories in Iowa; with the exception of 1993 when I went to Minneapolis, MN to complete my training in the Specialist in Blood Banking Program at Memorial Blood Center.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS)
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists – Iowa Branch (ASCLS - IA)

Community Service Involvement

  • I am involved with my church in a variety of volunteering opportunities.

Advice to Students

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -- Benjamin Franklin

Personal History

The field of Medical Technology is constantly evolving with technology - but what I love is that the basic philosophy stays the same:  Provide the highest quality of work in an acceptable time frame to benefit patient care! 

Working in the lab, the pace is fast and demanding. Organization, quick thinking and communication are the keys to success. I am honored to be able to teach students in this field; but more importantly to involve students in the process and see their confidence develop as they learn and succeed as Medical Laboratory Scientists.  

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