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Medical Lab Science

NAACLS logoThe Medical Laboratory Science program is a one-year certificate program that allows new students to prepare for a career in laboratory science. Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible to apply for admission to the nationally recognized certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

The Medical Laboratory Science program is currently accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

NAACLS 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont IL 60018-5119

Admission Information

Class Schedules & Curriculum Plan

2023-2024 MLS Schedule

Example Curriculum Plan

First Year Summer Semester

MLS 401 Student Lab Block I (6)
Introduction to Medical Lab Science

First Year Fall Semester

MLS 402 Student Lab Block II (6)
Clinical Chemistry
Molecular Techniques
MLS 403 Student Lab Block III (5)
Clinical Microbiology
MLS 404 Advanced Lecture I (2)

First Year Spring Semester

MLS 405 Advanced Lecture II (2)
MLS 406 Advanced Lecture III (2)
Clinical Chemistry
Clinical Microbiology
MLS 407 & 408 Clinical Training (14)
Clinical Chemistry
Clinical Microbiology

Total Semester Hours Required: 37

Admission Criteria

The following eligibility requirements must be met before the Admission Committee will review the application file:

  • Clearance on various background checks
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or enrollment in a medical laboratory program at one of our affiliated schools
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and a minimum science GPA of 2.50 in college-level courses
  • Completion of 18 semester hours of biology including Microbiology, Immunology and Human Physiology
  • Completion of 18 semester hours of chemistry including Chemistry I, Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry.

These are minimum admission criteria and do not guarantee admission to the program. Students are completely responsible for ensuring that they have met all criteria for admission. No applicant will be considered for admission until all eligibility criteria have been met and all eligibility paperwork is complete.

Program Goals

  1. To graduate well-rounded students with a basic knowledge of laboratory principles in safety, information systems, education and management, instrumentation evaluation and selection, and communication skills required to converse with coworkers and patients.
  2. To graduate students with the cognitive knowledge to perform and interpret laboratory testing, and analyze and solve problems in all the competency areas of a laboratory generalist.
  3. To graduate students with psychomotor skills to perform laboratory analyses, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory instrumentation in all competency areas of a laboratory generalist.
  4. To graduate students with ethical practices which are committed to the highest standards of accuracy, quality, confidentiality, and care in the performance of laboratory analyses and are a credit to the profession of medical laboratory science
  5. To graduate students who are successful in passing a national certifying exam.

Program Outcomes

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 5-year average
Retention 100% 88% 100% 100% 100% 98%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Completion Rate 100% 88% 100% 100% 100% 98%
Lic/Cert Pass Rate 80% 86% 83% 86% 100% 87%

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation the Medical Laboratory Scientist will make application to, take, and pass a national certifying exam within one year.

At graduation, the Medical Laboratory Scientist will have the following basic knowledge and skills in:

  • Application of safety and governmental regulations and standards as applied to clinical laboratory science.
  • Principles and practices of professional conduct and the significance of continuing professional development.
  • Communications sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the public and members of the health care team.
  • Educational methodologies and terminology sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.
  • Principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation and dissemination of results.

At graduation, the Medical Laboratory Scientist will have the following entry level competencies:

  • Principles and practices of laboratory procedures, data analyses, and instrumentation operation in all competency areas of a laboratory generalist to include:
    • Practice principles of laboratory safety.
    • Collection and processing of patient specimens according to laboratory protocols.
    • Operate and maintain laboratory instrumentation in all competency areas of the laboratory generalist
    • Analyze and solve problems with laboratory instruments and laboratory procedures.
    • Evaluate laboratory results for quality and accuracy.
    • Evaluate laboratory data to recognize procedural, technical, and/or instrument errors.
    • Correlate laboratory values with clinical diagnosis and physiological processes to validate results.
    • Recognize critical laboratory values and notify the appropriate health care personnel.
  • Principles and practices of ethical conduct:
    • Maintain confidentiality when dealing with patient information.
    • Advocate for quality laboratory testing to enhance patient care.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

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