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Advanced Placement Option -Medical Laboratory Science

The Advanced Placement Option in the Medical Laboratory Science program provides a pathway for ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) to become Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). The program is designed to meet the needs of the working medical laboratory technician so that they can pursue their degree while still employed as a laboratory professional and to address the growing local, regional and national shortage of medical laboratory scientists.

Applicants must meet the following criteria for acceptance into the program:

  • Have graduated from  a NAACLS accredited MLT/CLT program
  • Have completed prerequisite course work in biology, chemistry, and mathematics and also meet Biology and Chemistry guidelines for eligibility for the ASCP MLS Certification examination.
  • Be certified as a MLT(ASCP)
  • Be employed in an accredited laboratory that is able to provide training in all required MLS disciplines.

Students may transfer courses from approved institutions with prior approval from the program director or department chairperson. Students may be granted experiential credit for a clinical course and, if so, will not be required to register for that course.

Outcome measures for the MLS Advanced Placement program over the past three years include; 100% graduation rate, 100% placement rate, 0% attrition, and 63% passage rate for those who took the MLS ASCP certification exam within one year of graduation from the program.

The MLS Advanced Placement Option is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS: 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 773.714.8880,,

Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Stat Lit and Crit Reasoning
Introductory Statistics
Arts & Humanities (2 courses)6
Social Sciences (2 courses)6
SPA (2 courses)6
Intro to Online3
Introduction to Online Learning in Health Professions
Major Courses
MLS 4800Advanced Clinical Chemistry4
MLS 4800LAdvanced Clinical Chemistry Clinical Experience2
MLS 4801Advanced Hematology4
MLS 4801LAdvanced Hematology Clinical Practice3
MLS 4802Advanced Immunohematology4
MLS 4802LAdvanced Immunohematology Clinical Practice3
MLS 4803Advanced Microbiology5
MLS 4803LAdvanced Microbiology Clinical Practice3
MLS 4804Miscellaneous Clinical Experience4
MLS 4804LMiscellaneous Clinical Practice2
Science Requirements
Biology (Must include A&P, Micro, Immunology)16
Chemistry (Must include Organic or Biochemistry)16