About the Program

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Online Program

A Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree can prepare you for exciting, challenging and dynamic careers in various professional settings like hospital labs and clinics, forensic labs, veterinary clinics, industrial research labs and molecular biotechnology labs. This medical technology online program prepares professionals in this high demand field, and future growth in the field is predicted to remain above average.

About the Program

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Completion time in as few as 20 months
64 credit hours*
$259.78 per credit hour

This Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science online program will give you the skills to be a trained professional who can provide laboratory information to assists physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases. Earn your degree in as few as 20 months from one of the top online MLS programs in the region.

In the online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the entry-level medical laboratory scientist.
  • Demonstrate technical skills and delivery of reliable results with assurance and confidence in performing laboratory tasks in this clinical laboratory science program.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills, attitudes, and ethics required of medical laboratory scientists.
  • Be academically prepared to apply and seek national certification by examination through a recognized agency. (In order to sit for the MLS Board of Certification (BOC) exam, you must have 2 years of generalist laboratory work experience. Work experience can be completed either during the program, prior to enrollment in the program, or after completing course work.)

Students must hold the Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from a NAACLS-accredited program and be nationally certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).

*A total of 121 credit hours are needed to attain the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree. Credits will vary based on university advisement.

Online Courses

Coursework in this 121-hour MLS online program consists of prerequisite courses, general education courses, and core courses that cover topics like microbiology, organic chemistry and hematology. Students must complete 64 hours of Foundation Courses. Students must have an Associate degree to be admitted to this program.

Foundation Courses
MLSC 3000 Advanced Hematology

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in CLLT 2220 and admission to MLS program. A study of hematological findings in anemias, leukemias, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphomas, plasma cell diseases, and various types of infections. Also includes an overview of hematology instrumentation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 3010 Advanced Immunohematology

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in CLLT 2370 and admission to MLS program. A study of laboratory techniques with emphasis on the resolution of problems in the preparation and administration of blood components. Also includes a review of immunohematology instrumentation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 3020 Advanced Clinical Chemistry

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in CLLT 2380 and admission to MLS program. A study of basic principles of analytical and biochemistry as they relate to the analysis of chemical constituents in body fluids and relationship to disease states. Also includes a review of clinical chemistry instrumentation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 3030 Advanced Pathogenic Microbiology

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in CLLT 2360 and admission to MLS program. A study of select clinically significant and emerging bacteria, clinical mycology, virology, and parasitology. Also includes a review of automated microbiology instrumentation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 3040 Molecular Diagnostics

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in CLLT 2240 and admission to MLS program. A study of the theory used in the clinical laboratory for molecular diagnosis and management of human diseases. Also includes an overview of laboratory instrumentation used in the molecular diagnosis of diseases.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 3050 Professional Practices Seminar I

Prerequisite: admission to MLS program or permission of instructor. Professional issues related to the practice of medical laboratory science, including research design and statistics; requirements for the performance of human research; educational methodology; and laboratory management.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
MLSC 4000 Professional Practices Seminar II

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MLSC 3050 and admission to MLS program. Professional issues related to current practice of medical laboratory science, including management theories and practices; fiscal management; human resource management; and legal and ethical issues as related to practice as a medical laboratory supervisor or manager. Will require the completion of a senior research project.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 4001 Professional Practices Seminar

Prerequisite: completion of all courses listed under the General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum; and permission of instructor. Professional issues related to current practice of medical laboratory science, including management theories and practices; fiscal management; human resource management; and legal and ethical issues as related to practice as a medical laboratory supervisor or manager. Will also require the completion of a senior research project.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
MLSC 4010 Clinical Project: Hematology

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MLSC 3000 and admission to MLS program. Individualized clinical project from a topic area in hematology or hemostasis conducted under the direction of an MLS faculty member. The clinical project may include clinical experiences, literature review, and/or laboratory testing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MLSC 4011 Hematology Practicum

Prerequisite: completion of all courses listed under the General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum; and permission of instructor. A study of hematological findings in anemias, leukemias, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphomas, plasma cell diseases, and various types of infections. Practical application of knowledge and skills in a medical laboratory setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
MLSC 4020 Clinical Project: Clinical Chemistry

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MLSC 3020 and admission to MLS program. Individualized clinical project from a topic area in clinical chemistry conducted under the direction of an MLS faculty member. The clinical project may include clinical experiences, literature review, and/or laboratory testing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
MLSC 4021 Clinical Chemistry Practicum

Prerequisite: completion of all courses listed under the General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum; and permission of instructor. A study of basic principles of analytical and biochemistry as they relate to the analysis of chemical constituents in body fluids and relationship to disease states. Practical application of clinical knowledge and skills in a medical laboratory setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
MLSC 4022 Clinical Microscopy Practicum

Prerequisite: completion of all courses listed under the General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum; and permission of instructor. A study of urine and other body fluids as related to the diagnosis of diseases. Practical application of clinical knowledge and skills in a medical laboratory setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
MLSC 4030 Clncl Project: Immunohematology Serology

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MLSC 3010 and admission to MLS program. Individualized clinical project from a topic area in immunohematology or serology conducted under the direction of an MLS faculty member. The clinical project may include clinical experiences, literature review, and/or laboratory testing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
MLSC 4031 Immunohematology Serology Practicum

Prerequisite: completion of all courses listed under the General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum; and permission of instructor. A study of laboratory techniques in immunohematology/serology with emphasis on the resolution of problems in the preparation and administration of blood components, as well as the serological diagnosis of diseases. Practical application of clinical knowledge and skills in a medical laboratory setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
MLSC 4040 Clinical Project: Microbiology

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MLSC 3030 and admission to MLS program. Individualized clinical project from a topic area in bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, or virology, conducted under the direction of an MLS faculty member. The clinical project may include clinical experiences, literature review, and/or laboratory testing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
MLSC 4041 Pathogenic Microbiology Practicum

Prerequisite: completion of all courses listed under the General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum; and permission of instructor. A study of select clinically significant and emerging bacteria, clinical mycology, virology, and parasitology. Practical application of clinical knowledge and skills in a medical laboratory setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 1201 Biology for Science Majors I

Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021. An introduction to biological principles including the scientific process, cellular structure, cellular metabolism, cellular communication, and genetics. Students cannot use both this course and BIOL 1001 and 1003 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 4191 Survey of Virology

Prerequisite: BIOL 2051. Introduction to virology. Viral structure, transmission, mechanisms of entry into host cells, genome replication, assembly, and release will be covered for major viral taxa. Etiology of viral diseases, viruses of historical significance, vaccines, and antivirals will also be covered.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
CHEM 3060 Organic Chemistry Concepts

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHEM 1202. Aliphatic and aromatic compounds; functional groups and reactions; biological aspects of organic chemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 3261 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CHEM 3160 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Concepts

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 3060 or CHEM 3261. Principles of techniques used in organic chemistry laboratory. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 3361 to meet a degree's requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
CHEM 3261 Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or higher in both CHEM 1202 and 1302. Basic organic chemistry including stereochemistry, bonding, nomenclature, reactions, mechanisms, and synthesis.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CHEM 3262 Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in CHEM 3261. A continuation of CHEM 3261.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Although all Medical Laboratory Science (MLSC) courses are offered online, students may need to take biology and organic chemistry courses not currently offered online by LSUA. In such cases, students should contact the ASMLS/BSMLS Program Coordinator at (318)473-6466 for advising as to transfer equivalency of such courses taken at other universities. In addition, MLSC project courses taken during the final year of the program may require the assignment of a preceptor. In such cases, the Program Coordinator will work with students to find a preceptor at, or as close as possible, to their current work sites.

Twenty-six hours of credit will be awarded to students who are graduates of an associate degree program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), who hold certification as an MLT/CLT, and who have one year of clinical experience.

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 28

Apply by July 31

October 23

Apply by September 25

Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition Breakdown

$259.78

Per Credit Hour

$779.34

Per Three Credit Hour Course

Financial Aid

LSUA works with students to help them remove financial barriers to education, and to make sure you are comfortable. There are loans and grants available.

Admissions

Program Requirements

In addition to the general requirements entry into the Medical Laboratory Science program requires that the applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be unconditionally admitted to the university and declare Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) as their major.
  • Students must have attained an overall college grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • Students must have completed with a grade of "C" or higher all courses listed under the General Education Requirements and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum.
  • Students must be able to meet the program's technical standards/essential requirements.
  • Students must be graduates of an MLT/CLT associate degree program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
  • Students must hold certification as an MLT(ASCP), CLT(NCA) or equivalent.
  • Students must submit to the Department of Allied Health a completed MLS Application Form and all other required documents by August 10.