B.S. Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science prepares students as medical/clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists and for graduate level programs in medical laboratory science or related disciplines. Students develop a strong background in the broad areas of microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine, biotechnology, and their medical and/or clinical applications. Medical Laboratory Science students gain the ability to carry out standard microbiological, molecular, biological and clinical techniques in the laboratory and to participate in research development, planning, and implementation. The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science prepares students to have a reasonable expectation of passing a national qualifying exam for the medical laboratory profession and prepares students to be qualified to work at the professional experience level in a variety of settings. The General Education Requirements (all Objectives--36 credits minimum) and Total University Credit Requirements must be met. A minimum of 120 credits are required for graduation; 36 of these must be upper division credits.

A student may be awarded a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science by fulfilling the following requirements:

A minimum of 120 semester credit hours to include:

  1. Completion of the university General Education Requirements (8 out of 9 Objectives are required--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog). The following Objective courses also satisfy specific program requirements:  1) Objective 3, MATH 1153, Introduction to Statistics; 2) Objective 5 is met by the program's biology and chemistry requirements.
  2. Completion of the following required courses:
MATH 1143College Algebra3
BIOL 2206
BIOL 2207
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 2235
2235L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
4
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4451Immunology3
BIOL 4463Human Pathophysiology3-4
or BIOL 3305 Introduction to Pathobiology

In addition, enough additional credits of Chemistry courses to reach 16 credits of Chemistry, which may include organic, inorganic, biochemistry, and/or analytical chemistry.

3.  Completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Professional degree requirements (38 credits).
4.  Completion of elective courses. Elective courses should be selected according to the student’s interests and career needs, in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The total number of elective credit hours may include course prerequisites for general education requirements.
5.  Credits earned in the required prerequisites or Medical Laboratory Science professional block with a grade of lower than a “C-” will not be counted towards the Medical Laboratory Science requirement, but will be calculated in the total credit calculation toward graduation.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Students who have completed the requirements for a B.S. degree in a related discipline at an accredited university, with preparation similar to that described above for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree may apply to the program and, if accepted, complete the Medical Laboratory Science Professional Block, which would result in the award of a second B.S. degree. Completion of the minimum of a B.S. degree and the professional block will qualify the student to sit for national certification exams. Credit may be given for experience and coursework at the discretion of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. Students whose preparation does not include the required courses listed under the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science may be required to take additional courses outside the professional block at the discretion of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. University policy requires a minimum of 32 additional credits earned beyond the first B.S. degree in order to award a second B.S. degree. Credits used to satisfy the requirements for the first degree may not be used toward the second degree’s 32 credit requirement.

Required Courses:

MLS 4410Phlebotomy Practicum1
MLS 4412Urinalysis and Body Fluids1
MLS 4414Hematology and Hemostasis3
MLS 4416Medical Microbiology I3
MLS 4418Medical Chemistry and Instrumentation3
MLS 4420Medical Immunology2
MLS 4422Basic Concepts in Transfusion Medicine2
MLS 4424Medical Laboratory Fundamentals1
MLS 4431Medical Microbiology II3
MLS 4433Medical Laboratory Science Management and Education2
MLS 4435Molecular Diagnosis3
MLS 4437Critical Analysis of Lab Information3
MLS 4439Advanced Concepts in Transfusion Medicine2
MLS 4441MLS Research 11-3
MLS 4455MLS Student Laboratory Practices2
MLS 4490General Site Practicum1-6
MLS 4491Microbiology Practicum2
MLS 4492Hematology and Urinalysis Practicum2
MLS 4493Transfusion Blood Bank Practicum1
MLS 4494Chemistry and Automation Practicum1
Total Credits39-46

A total of 6 credits of Practicum experiences (minimum of 480 hours) is required to be eligible to take Board of Certification (BOC) national examinations. One (1) credit of Practicum experience (80 hours) is required for a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science but the graduate will NOT be eligible for BOC national certification.