Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

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Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.
The Medical Laboratory Science, B.S. degree program has an online option. Learn more about Online Learning at Marshall University.

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) degree program at Marshall Univesity in Huntington, West Virginia, is an online program that enables students who have already completed their A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology to pursue a bachelor’s degree, often while working full-time in a clinical laboratory. Our online MLS program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

Medical laboratory scientists perform specialized tests in areas such as flow cytometry, blood bank analysis, serology, immunology, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics and parasitology. Most medical laboratory scientists are employed in hospital laboratories, physician’s offices, state and federal health agencies, and the armed forces. Upon successful completion, students are eligible for national American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. Our Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science graduates are also well prepared for graduate programs such as medicine, physical therapy and forensics.

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department at Marshall provides continuing clinical medical education for the region. It is an ongoing mission of the department to implement innovative programs to meet the dynamic needs of the medical community.

Why study Medical Laboratory Science at Marshall?

Marshall University offers a convenient and affordable Medical Laboratory Science bachelor’s degree program. Our +2 online degree completion plan for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is specially designed for those who already have an associate’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.

Tuition rates for our online MLS program are very affordable compared to other programs across the country.

Our fully accredited laboratory science program does not require you to do a full clinical rotation, but rather, advanced clinical tasks that can be managed and completed while working either part-time or full-time in a medical laboratory setting.

Career Outlook for Medical Laboratory Science Majors

As the field of medicine continues to rapidly expand, so will the need for those whose services make the practice of modern healthcare possible. Given the present national shortage of laboratory professionals, degrees in this area ensure you future employment and career security. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, predicts a 13% growth in clinical laboratory science professions between 2016 and 2026.

The 2017 ASCP wage and vacancy survey showed that the national hourly wage for a non-supervisory medical laboratory scientist was close to $30 / hour. Wages continue to rise as the need to fill vacant positions in the field increases.

Locally, students from the online Medical Laboratory Science program at Marshall University have a 100% job placement rate; most are already employed as medical laboratory technicians either full-time or part-time while working on their MLS degree online.

As a clinical laboratory scientist, you can expect to perform a wide variety of testing in locations including:

Hospital laboratories
Doctor’s office laboratories
National reference laboratories

Within the clinical laboratory, there are many opportunities for career advancement for the MLS graduate, some of which include:
Quality control
Epidemiology
Supervision and management
Test development research
Education
Sales
Infection control
Information technology

Graduate Study

Our Medical Laboratory Science graduates are well prepared to go into graduate programs such as forensic science, pathology, pharmacy, public health, physician assistant and medicine.

Related graduate programs at Marshall University include:

Forensic Science, M.S.
Communication Disorders, M.S.
Public Health, M.P.H.
Health Informatics, M.S.

Opportunities for Medical Laboratory Science Majors

Hands-on Research in Medical Laboratory Science

Flow cytometry
Blood bank analysis
Serology
Immunology
Clinical chemistry
Molecular diagnostics
Parasitology
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Four Year Plan

Medical laboratory scientists perform a variety of specialized tests in the clinical laboratory that provide information used by the physician to determine the extent and cause of disease. The tests performed by or supervised by the medical technologist are completed in such areas as hematology, blood banking, serology, immunology, clinical chemistry, bacteriology, and parasitology. The graduate medical technologist is prepared with the knowledge and abilities needed for certification by nationally recognized professional agencies. Certified medical laboratory scientists are accorded the status of professionals in the medical team. They often supervise laboratory sections, exercise independent judgement, and evaluate the work of others.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
CLS 105 Bison image Medical-Lab Terminology (CT) 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHM 212 Bison image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication 3
SOC 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Sociology (CT) (MC, WI) 3
MTH 130 Bison image College Algebra 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
BSC 227 Human Anatomy 4
CLS 200 Cap graduation image Clinical Biochemistry 4
CLS 230 Clinical Hematology 4
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
BSC 228 Bison image  Cap graduation image Human Physiology 4
CLS 210 Cap graduation image Clinical Immunohematology 4
CLS 220 Clinical Microbiology 4
CLS 255 Cap graduation image Clinical Lab Problems 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
Summer Term  
CLS 270 Clin Practicum Hematology 3
CLS 271 Clin Practicum Chemistry 3
CLS 272 Clin Pract Immunohematol 3
CLS 273 Clin Pract Microbiology 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Year
First Semester
CHM 327 Cap graduation image Intro Organic Chemistry 3
CLS 320 Advanced Topics in CLS 3
ECN 200
or ECN 250
Survey of Economics
or Principles Microeconomics
3
Core II Humanities (WI) 3
CLS 270
Clin Practicum Hematology (if not taken during summer)  
CLS 271
Clin Practicum Chemistry (if not taken during summer)  
CLS 272
Clin Pract Immunohematol (if not taken during summer)  
CLS 273
Clin Pract Microbiology (if not taken during summer)  
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
CLS 310 Cap graduation image Clin Immun & Mol Diag 3
STA 225 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Statistics (CT) 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
CLS 466 Diagnostic Physiology 3
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Year
First Semester
CLS 400 Adv Clinical Chemistry 2
CLS 410 Cap graduation image Adv Clin Immunohematology 2
CLS 420 Adv Clinical Microbiology 2
CLS 430 Adv Clinical Hematology 3
CLS 460 Clinical Lab Mgt and Educ 3
CLS 499 Seminar in Lab Medicine 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CLS 464 Lab Instrumen Inform Sys 3
CLS 472 Adv CLS Clinical Practicum I 3
CLS 473 Adv CLS Clinical Practicum II 3
CLS 468 Bison image Clinical Lab Research (Capstone) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours121

Part Time Enrollment Plan

Full-time enrollment at Marshall University requires that students take a minimum of twelve credit hours. Prerequisite courses, other than CLS courses, that are listed in Year Three in the curriculum may be taken in any sequence and in any combination. Part-time enrollment in CLS courses at the BS-MLS level is permitted for working MLTs; however students must take the following courses together and in this sequence:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CLS 460 Clinical Lab Mgt and Educ 3
CLS 499 Seminar in Lab Medicine 2
 Credit Hours5
Second Semester
CLS 310 Clin Immun & Mol Diag 3
CLS 466 Diagnostic Physiology 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Year
First Semester
CLS 400 Adv Clinical Chemistry 2
CLS 410 Adv Clin Immunohematology 2
CLS 420 Adv Clinical Microbiology 2
CLS 430 Adv Clinical Hematology 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
CLS 464 Lab Instrumen Inform Sys 1 3
CLS 468 Bison image Clinical Lab Research (Capstone) 1 3
CLS 472 Adv CLS Clinical Practicum I 1 3
CLS 473 Adv CLS Clinical Practicum II 1 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours32

Once a student has been accepted into the BS-MLS online program, he/she will work together with the chair/program director to outline an acceptable curriculum completion plan.

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