Medical Laboratory Programs

Laboratory analysis plays an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases. Laboratory professionals perform moderate and complex tests to aid the physician in the management of disease.

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Medical laboratory scientists perform hundreds of scientific procedures that have been devised to detect subtle changes that occur in disease. The MLS performs a full range of laboratory tests, ranging from complete blood counts, to more complex tests to uncover diseases such as leukemia, and diabetes. Studying blood cells under the microscope, the analysis of the chemical composition of blood, the isolation and identification of disease causing bacteria, and blood grouping and cross matching for transfusions are examples of the high complexity procedures performed by medical laboratory scientists. Positions are available as bench-level technologists, supervisors, and laboratory managers.

In addition to traditional laboratory careers, there are opportunities in education, research, and in industry as technical and sales representatives. In their quest to aid the physician and other health care providers, laboratory professionals do much more than look through a microscope. They operate complex analytical equipment, perform computations, and utilize precision instruments. Medical laboratory scientists act as an integral part of the health care team. Because of their academic and diverse clinical experience, graduates are well qualified for post-graduate programs in medicine, clinical chemistry, and biology.

Advanced Placement Option -Medical Laboratory Science On-line Completion Program

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:

  •  Graduated from  a NAACLS accredited MLT/CLT program
  •  Completed prerequisite course work in biology, chemistry, and mathematics and meet Biology and Chemistry guidelines for eligibility for the ASCP MLS Certification examination.
  •  Certified as a MLT(ASCP)
  •  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 must enroll in a minimum of 30 semeter hours at the university in order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree.

Students may be granted experiential credit for a clinical course and, if so, will not be required to register for that course. Experiential credit will be granted upon admission to the program and submission of verified competency. 

Students who require clinical training to meet competency must have a statement of support and willingess to enter into an affiliation agreement with the university for training purposes if one does not currently exist. Students must be registered for any laboratory section in which the competency has not been met through experience based credit.    

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,,


Certification pass rates for students who graduated between Fall 2020 through Spring 2021

  • Number of Graduates: 8
  • Number of Graduates who sat for the certification exam: 7
  • Number of Graduates who passed the certification exam: 5
  • Overall certification exam pass rate: 71%


  • Graduation rate: 100%
  • Placement rate: 100%
General Education transfer hours and block credit15
Course requirements will vary dependent on applicable transfer credit
5 Courses include: Writing 1, 2 Natural Science, 1 Social Science, and 1 additional Social Science, Arts and Humanities or SPA course
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Social Sciences (0-1 Courses* Selection depends on block credit)0-3
Arts & Humanities (1-2 Courses)3-6
Social & Personal Awareness (1-2 Courses)3-6
Additional transfer credit may be given
BSMLS Science Requirements (transfer credits may apply)
STAT 2625Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning4
Biology Courses or Equivalent (Biology 16 sh must include A&P and Micro)
BIOL 2601General Biology 1: Molecules and Cells3
BIOL 2601LGeneral Biology I: Molecules and Cells Laboratory1
BIOL 3702Microbiology3
BIOL 3702LMicrobiology Laboratory1
BIOL 1545Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 1545LAllied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory0
MLS 3704Clinical Immunology and Serology3
MLS 3704LClinical Immunology and Serology1
Chemistry 16sh must include Organic, Biochemistry or Equivalent
CHEM 1510Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences4
CHEM 1510LChemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory0
CHEM 1515General Chemistry 13
CHEM 1515LGeneral Chemistry 1 Laboratory1
CHEM 1516General Chemistry 23
CHEM 1516LGeneral Chemistry 2 Laboratory1
CHEM 3719Organic Chemistry 13
CHEM 3719LOrganic Chemistry 1 Laboratory1
Required courses for the BSMLS degree -Advanced Placement Online Completion
MLS 2605Molecular Diagnostics2
MLS 4807Advanced Clinical Chemistry4
MLS 4807LAdvanced Clinical Chemistry Lab Competency2
MLS 4808Advanced Hematology4
MLS 4808LAdvanced Hematology Clinical Competency2
MLS 4809Advanced Immunohematology4
MLS 4809LAdvanced Immunohematology Clinical Competency2
MLS 4810Advanced Diagnostic Microbiology5
MLS 4810LAdvanced Microbiology Competency3
MLS 4811Advanced Immunology and Urinalysis4
MLS 4811LAdv Immuno/Sero, Urinalysis, and Molecular Competency2
MLS 4812Advanced Laboratory Operations2
MLS 4813Advanced Placement Seminar1
Minor or Elective Hours to reach 120 hours19
Total Semester Hours120-129
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
BIOL 2601 General Biology 1: Molecules and Cells 4
BIOL 2601L General Biology I: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 0
CHEM 1510 Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences 4
CHEM 1510L Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory 0
GEN ED Select 1 course Social Science, AH, SPA 3
 Semester Hours15
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CHEM 1515 General Chemistry 1 3
CHEM 1515L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
BIOL 3702 Microbiology 4
BIOL 3702L Microbiology Laboratory 0
STAT 2625 Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning 4
GEN ED Select 1 course Social Science, AH, SPA 3
 Semester Hours18
Year 2
BIOL 1545 Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 1545L Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 0
CHEM 1516 General Chemistry 2 3
CHEM 1516L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory 1
GEN ED Select 1 course Social Science, AH, SPA 3
GEN ED Select 1 course Social Science, AH, SPA 3
 Semester Hours15
CHEM 3719 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 3719L Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory 0
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
MLS 3703 3
MLS 3703L 1
GEN ED Select 1 course Social Science, AH, SPA 3
GEN ED Select 1 course Social Science, AH, SPA 3
MLT transfer hours to meet 120 minimum 16-18
 Semester Hours33-35
Year 3
Curriculum is in addition to university and program requirements for award of the Bachelor of Science degree in MLS  
MLS 4807 Advanced Clinical Chemistry 4
MLS 4807L Advanced Clinical Chemistry Lab Competency 2.0
MLS 4812 Advanced Laboratory Operations 2
 Semester Hours8
MLS 4810 Advanced Diagnostic Microbiology 5
MLS 4810L Advanced Microbiology Competency 3
MLS 4811 Advanced Immunology and Urinalysis 4
MLS 4811L Adv Immuno/Sero, Urinalysis, and Molecular Competency 2
MLS 2605 Molecular Diagnostics 2
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
MLS 4809 Advanced Immunohematology 4
MLS 4809L Advanced Immunohematology Clinical Competency 2.0
 Semester Hours6
MLS 4808 Advanced Hematology 4
MLS 4808L Advanced Hematology Clinical Competency 2.0
MLS 4813 Advanced Placement Seminar (Must be taken during the last semester of the program ) 1
 Semester Hours7
 Total Semester Hours118-120

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the medical laboratory programs (MLS-BS and MLT-AAS) are as follows:

  • Graduates will be prepared to function as entry-level health care professionals in the medical laboratory as medical laboratory technicians and medical laboratory scientists. At entry level, the medical laboratory graduate will be able to demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate information relative to the medical laboratory profession.
  • These learning outcomes include comprehension of the theory and the ability to apply and evaluate the didactics of hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, immunology, coagulation, molecular diagnostics, and other emerging diagnostics.
  • Graduates will be prepared to function as entry-level health care professionals in the medical laboratory as medical laboratory technicians and medical laboratory scientists. Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency in laboratory applications.
  • These psychomotor learning outcomes include the performance of laboratory procedures in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, immunology, coagulation, molecular diagnostics, and other emerging diagnostics. The graduate will demonstrate proficiency in the functions of all phases of laboratory analysis (pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes).
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills consistent with the medical laboratory profession.
  • Students will exhibit the ability to think critically across all 3700-level courses through the application of fundamental didactic and psychomotor skills to assess the medical relevance and significance of specific aspects of laboratory testing.