Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Program Director

Joan O'Connell
(330) 941-1761


Medical Laboratory Programs

Laboratory data plays an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Laboratory scientists perform complex tests to aid  physicians and other healthcare providers in the prevention, treatment, and monitoring of disease states. 

For more information, contact Joan O'Connell 330-941-1761

Medical Laboratory Science (BS-MLS) Curriculum

The medical laboratory science program is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science (BSMLS). Students in the program must complete and provide records of their immunizations, including the hepatitis B immunization series.
All course work in the MLS program must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 2.75 in all MLS courses.

The MLS program follows a "3+1" format. Students complete university general education requirements and  pre-professional courses in medical  laboratory science, general chemistry,  and biological sciences, during the first three years of the program. The final year of the program is completed at an accredited MLS hospital based internship program. Upon successful program completion, graduates are qualified to take the certification examination offered through ASCP and become certified as MLS (ASCP). 

Medical laboratory scientists perform, interpret, and report medical tests ranging from routine to complex. They operate and troubleshoot complex analytical instrumentation and perform sophisticated computations to ensure accurate results.

Medical laboratory scientists hold positions as laboratory managers, department supervisors, and technical consultants. In addition to traditional careers in hospitals and other medical facilities opportunities exist in education, research, and industry.

The diverse academic and clinical experience provided by the BSMLS curriculum provides graduates with a solid foundation for continued graduate studies in medicine and other chemical and biological fields of study.

MLS 3+1 Internship Guidelines

Students must apply for Medical Laboratory Science Internship year upon completion of the second year of the program or after completing 60-65 semester hours. Information on clinical affiliations and the application process is available from the program director. Students should apply for graduation at the beginning of the junior year to allow for evaluation of transcripts by an academic advisor in the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. This application will help ensure that a requirements for internship and graduation have been fulfilled.

The University does not guarantee acceptance into the fourth year hospital based internship. Selection and acceptance are based on clinical site admission and selection criteria. Internship placement is competitive, and students are urged to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, especially in Chemistry, Biology and Medical laboratory Science courses. Students are encouraged to apply to all our affiliated programs, a list of these programs is available through the program director. Students should notify the program director upon their acceptance to a professional program.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
STAT 2625Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning4
Natural Science Met in Major
Social Sciences (2 courses)6
Social & Personal Awareness (2 coures)6
Arts & Humanities (2 courses)6
Major Courses
MLS 1501Introduction to the Medical Laboratory Profession2
MLS 1501LIntroduction to the Medical Laboratory Profession Laboratory1
MLS 1502Urinalysis and Body Fluids2
MLS 1502LUrinalysis and Body Fluid Laboratory1
MLS 1503Immunohematology3
MLS 1503LImmunohematology Laboratory1
MLS 2601Clinical Chemistry 12
MLS 2601LClinical Chemistry 1 Laboratory1
MLS 2603LAdvanced Immunohematology Laboratory1
MLS 2605Molecular Diagnostics2
MLS 3700Clinical Chemistry 24
MLS 3701Clinical Hematology 12
MLS 3701LClinical Hematology 1 Laboratory1
MLS 3702Clinical Hematology 22
MLS 3702LClinical Hematology 2 Laboratory1
MLS 3704Clinical Immunology and Serology3
MLS 3704LClinical Immunology and Serology1
MLS 3787Diagnostic Microbiology3
MLS 3787LDiagnostic Microbiology Laboratory2
Biology Courses
BIOL 2601General Biology 1: Molecules and Cells3
BIOL 2601LGeneral Biology I: Molecules and Cells Laboratory1
BIOL 1545Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 1545LAllied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory0
Chemistry Courses
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
Internship Year
MLS 4800MLS Chemistry Clinical Experience7
MLS 4801MLS Hematology Clinical Experience7
MLS 4802MLS Immunohematology Clinical Experience (7)7
MLS 4803MLS Microbiology Clinical Experience7
MLS 4804Miscellaneous Clinical Experience7
Total Semester Hours127-129
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
or Strong Start Success Seminar
MLS 1501 Introduction to the Medical Laboratory Profession 2
MLS 1501L Introduction to the Medical Laboratory Profession Laboratory 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
Select one course; SPA, SS, or AH 1 3
CHEM 1510 Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences 4
CHEM 1510L Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory 0
 Semester Hours14-16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CHEM 1515 General Chemistry 1 3
CHEM 1515L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
BIOL 2601 General Biology 1: Molecules and Cells 3
BIOL 2601L General Biology I: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 1
BIOL 1545L Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 0
MLS 1502 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2
MLS 1502L Urinalysis and Body Fluid Laboratory 1
 Semester Hours14
Year 2
STAT 2625 Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning 4
BIOL 1545 Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 1545L Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 0
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Select one course; SPA, SS, or AH 1 3
Select one course; SPA, SS, or AH 1 3
 Semester Hours18
CHEM 1516 General Chemistry 2 3
CHEM 1516L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory 1
MLS 1503 Immunohematology 3
MLS 1503L Immunohematology Laboratory 1
MLS 2601 Clinical Chemistry 1 2
MLS 2601L Clinical Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
Select one course; SPA, SS, or AH 1 3
 Semester Hours14
MLS 3700 Clinical Chemistry 2 4
MLS 3701 Clinical Hematology 1 2
MLS 3701L Clinical Hematology 1 Laboratory 1
 Semester Hours7
Year 3
MLS 3702 Clinical Hematology 2 2
MLS 3702L Clinical Hematology 2 Laboratory 1
MLS 3787 Diagnostic Microbiology 3
MLS 3787L Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory 2
MLS 2603L Advanced Immunohematology Laboratory 1
Select one course; SPA, SS, or AH 1 3
 Semester Hours12
CHEM 3719 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHEM 3719L Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
MLS 3704 Clinical Immunology and Serology 3
MLS 3704L Clinical Immunology and Serology 1
MLS 2605 Molecular Diagnostics 2
Select 1 course SS, AH, SPA 1 3
 Semester Hours13
MLS 4804 Miscellaneous Clinical Experience 7
 Semester Hours7
Year 4
MLS 4801 MLS Hematology Clinical Experience 7
MLS 4802 MLS Immunohematology Clinical Experience 7
 Semester Hours14
MLS 4803 MLS Microbiology Clinical Experience 7
MLS 4800 MLS Chemistry Clinical Experience 7
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours127-129

General education courses must fulfill the requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

Students must take two courses or 6 semester hours from each of the following general elective categories:  Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and  Social and Personal Awareness.

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.