BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Admission to Professional Curriculum

The deadline for fall semester admission to the professional program is April 1. The deadline for spring semester admission to the professional program is November 1.

To qualify as a candidate for admission to the professional phase, the student must:

  1. Be admitted to WSU;
  2. Be in the process of completing, or have completed, the preprofessional requirements with grades of C (2.000) or better;
  3. Submit an application to department;
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation;
  5. Have a minimum GPA of 2.500; and
  6. Complete a professional goal statement.

Acceptance into the professional phase of the program is determined by the medical laboratory sciences admissions committee.

The Bachelor of Science program in medical laboratory sciences requires a total of 28–31 credit hours of prerequisite science courses, in addition to WSU general education requirements, and 52 credit hours of professional courses. Professional courses include 17 weeks of professional practice in medical laboratories that are affiliated with WSU. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Prerequisite Science Courses

Select one of the following:10
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Or equivalent general chemistry (two semesters at the chemistry major level with lab)
Select one of the following:3
Biochemistry for Clinical Scientists
Introductory Biochemistry
Or equivalent biochemistry
BIOL 210General Biology I (or equivalent general biology, one semester with lab)4
Select one of the following:4-6
Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Or equivalent human or mammalian physiology
Select one of the following:4-5
Introduction to Microbiology
General Microbiology
Or equivalent general or introductory microbiology with lab
Select one of the following:3
Medical Immunology
Immunobiology
Or equivalent immunology
Total Credit Hours28-31

Professional Curriculum

MLS 400Clinical Laboratory Management/Education3
MLS 453Clinical Chemistry8
MLS 463Clinical Hematology8
MLS 473Immunohematology8
MLS 479Applied Immunohematology 13
MLS 482Molecular Diagnostic Techniques3
MLS 488Core Laboratory Practicum 18
MLS 495Clinical Microbiology8
MLS 498Applied Clinical Microbiology 13
Total Credit Hours52

Applied Learning

Students in Bachelor of Science program in medical laboratory sciences are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by successfully completing MLS 479, MLS 488 and MLS 498.

MLT to MLS Progression

Graduates of an NAACLS-accredited MLT-AD program with documentation of a passing score on a national certification exam and who have met other admission requirements for the department of medical laboratory sciences program should contact the department office for information concerning degree completion. Other MLT graduates who do not meet the above criteria should contact the department chairperson.

The MLT to MLS degree completion Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory sciences is available to certified medical laboratory technicians who seek to continue their education in laboratory medicine. The deadline for summer or fall semester admission to the professional program is April 1. The deadline for spring semester admission to the professional programs is November 1.

To qualify as a candidate for admission to the MLT professional phase, the applicant must:

  1. Be admitted to WSU;
  2. Be in the process of completing, or have completed, the preprofessional requirements with grades of C (2.000) or better;
  3. Submit an application to department;
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation;
  5. Have a minimum GPA of 2.500; and
  6. Complete a professional goal statement.
  7. In addition, the MLT applicant must submit transcripts showing successful completion of an MLT program and verification of certification; and complete challenge exams designed to determine standing in MLS courses.

Upon acceptance to the MLS program, a program of study is prepared for the student. Students meet the requirements of the MLS curriculum either through a challenge exam or by completing lectures, student laboratories and practicum experiences in MLS courses.

MLT to MLS Track

HS 400Introduction to Pathophysiology4
MLS 400Clinical Laboratory Management/Education3
MLS 411Special Topics 21-6
MLS 458Advanced Clinical Chemistry4
MLS 468Advanced Clinical Hematology4
MLS 478Advanced Immunohematology4
MLS 482Molecular Diagnostic Techniques3
MLS 499Advanced Clinical Microbiology4
Total Credit Hours27-32

Applied Learning

Students in the Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Sciences program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by successful completion of MLS 411. Specific credit hour requirement for each student is determined by documentation of completion of applied learning tasks.

Other Requirements of all Students

Students are required to provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. Students are required to purchase health and professional liability insurance, and to show compliance with current guidelines of health and immunity protection.