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ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) 

 

The WSU Medical Laboratory Sciences programs are organized in a "ladder" format,  with the four-year curriculum divided into two programs, the Associate of Applied Science program (AAS) which awards graduates a title of medical laboratory technician (MLT), and the Bachelor of Science (BS) which awards a title of medical laboratory scientist (MLS), also known as Medical Technology/Technologist (MT).

To be accepted into the BS program, students must first complete the AAS program. From there, students will have the option to transition into the BS program and take BS level courses in the third and fourth years. A maximum of 32 students are accepted each year.
 

DISCOVER


  • Flexible course delivery formats are available in face-to-face settings, online or through independent study.
     
  • Learn from our experienced instructors who thoroughly understand the industry.
     
  • Our graduates report high rates of satisfaction with the curriculum and program.
     
  • Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

LEARN


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences will focus on fundamental and ethical skills, including:

  • Professional conduct and ethical behavior
  • Effective communication skills
  • Patient safety
  • Performance of waived, moderate, and high complexity laboratory procedures to include pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical phases of laboratory testing.
  • Application of mathematical calculations to laboratory situations
  • Correlation of theory with laboratory work
  • Correlation of laboratory findings to common disease

 

ACHIEVE

The MLS program works in a "ladder" format.

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program comprises the first two years of the program. If you apply, are accepted into, and graduate from the MLT program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. 

You are then eligible to sit for national certification examinations and enter the workforce. The average starting salary for a medical laboratory technician in a hospital laboratory is $40,000 or higher. 

After completing your AAS degree, if you wish to continue on for a four-year degree, you must apply and be accepted into the Bachelor of Science Medical Laboratory Scientist program (MLS).


 

COURSE LAYOUT

before you begin, get to know what courses will be required for this degree  


  • The campus Associate of Applied Science program in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department has two curriculum tracks:

    TRACK I is for those who intend to work as clinical laboratory scientists or who intend to apply to physician assistant or other graduate schools. Upon graduation, you will first take a national certification exam that will qualify you to work in a hospital or clinic laboratory settings. Positions are also available in industrial labs, education, medical sales, medical research, forensics, medical administration, cytology, histology, etc.

    TRACK II contains pre-professional course requirements (3 upper division courses). If you are planning to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary schools, this track will prepare you for your continuing education and ever upward goals.

  • General Education Requirements


    Please refer to WSU's general requirements for Associate of Applied Science for the following information on: 

    • Composition (6)
    • Creative Arts & Humanities (3)
    • Quantitative Literacy (3)
    • Social Sciences (3)
    • Physical/Life Sciences (3)*

     

    *The following courses will fulfill both Physical/Life Sciences general education and program course requirements: 

    • CHEM 1110 PS: Elementary Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 1210 PS: Principles of Chemistry I (5)
    • HTHS 1110 LS: Integrated Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
    • MICR 1113 LS: Introductory Microbiology (3)
    • MICR 2054 LS: Principles of Microbiology (4) 
    • PHYS 1010 PS: Elementary Physics (3)

     

    Total credit hours: 18

    Some general education requirements for the AAS degree can be taken prior to or concurrently with the MLT program. However, you must complete all AAS general education requirements to earn the MLT degree.

  • Required Courses for Track I & II


    • MLS 1113: Intro to Medical Laboratory Practices (4)
    • MLS 1114: Principles of Hematology & Hemostasis (4)

     

    To register for the following courses, you must first be accepted into the MLT (AAS) program. 

    • MLS 2211: Principles of Clinical Chemistry I (5)
    • MLS 2212 Principles of Clinical Microbiology I (4)
    • MLS 2213: Principles of Clinical Chemistry II (5)
    • MLS 2214: Principles of Clinical Microbiology II (4)
    • MLS 2210: Principles of Immunohematology (5)
    • MLS 2256: Supervised Clinical Experience I (1)
    • MLS 2257 Supervised Clinical Experience II (1)

     

    Recommended support course to satisfy your Quantitative Literacy requirement:

    • MLS 2003: Applied lab Math & Statistics (3)

     


    Total credit hours: 33-36

    View the full course catalog for more details.

     

  • Track I Requirements


    • CHEM 1110 PS: Elementary Chemistry (5) 
    • CHEM 1120: Elementary Organic/Biochemistry (5)
    • HTHS 1110 LS: Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) 
    • HTHS 1111: Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4) 
    • MICR 1113 LS: Introductory Microbiology (3)



    Total credit hours: 21

    View the full course catalog for more details.

  • Track II Requirements


    • CHEM 1210 PS: Principles of Chemistry I (5)
    • CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry II (5)
    • ZOOL 2100: Human Anatomy (4) 
    • ZOOL 2200: Human Physiology (4)
    • MICR 1113 LS: Introductory Microbiology (3) OR MICR 2054 LS: Principles of Microbiology (4)


    Total credit hours: 21-22

    View the full course catalog for more details.


YOUR PURSUIT STARTS HERE

 discover your pathway to admissions—understand what it takes to be eligible for this program & application deadlines


 Fall 2021 Admissions: Applications active March 1 to April 1  
 

STEPS FOR ADMISSIONS  
 
  • Step 1: Apply & Advise


    Apply to WSU

    Enroll at Weber State University

    Weber State University (WSU) is an open-enrollment university, you can apply anytime by visiting the link above. 

    Don't forget, once a Wildcat always a Wildcat. If you've taken a WSU course in the past (including concurrently) please visit Return to Weber for more information.

    NOTE: If you intend to complete a Bachelor of Science in MLS, you must first apply to the AAS program.

     

    Advisement

    Once you have a W#, please set up an appointment with our Dumke College of Health Professions Academic Advisors.

    They will provide you will critical information regarding prerequisites and assist with a curriculum plan to meet your career goals.

     

     

  • Step 2: GPA & Prerequisites


    GPA Requirements

    In ordered to be accepted into the program, you will need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Your GPA must be maintained through your prerequisite requirements. 

     

    Prerequisite Requirements

    You will need to have the following courses completed for program acceptance. 

    MLS Courses:

    These courses must be completed with a B- or better for program acceptance.

    • MLS 1113: Introduction to Medical Lab Practices (4)
    • MLS 1114: Introduction to Hematology & Hemostasis (4) 


    Support Courses:

    Please see Track I & Track II requirements above, select your track and complete the course requirements. Track courses must be completed with a C- or better for program acceptance.
     

  • Step 3: Program Application


    To apply to the MLS AAS (Medical Laboratory Technician) campus program, you will complete an online application.

    BEFORE you start your application, please note the following:

    • Applicants will be required to upload a copy of their unofficial transcripts (PDF format preferred)
    • A one-time, non-refundable $25 fee application fee will be required (payable via credit card)
    • International students will be asked too demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an English Proficiency Exam Score on their application
    • applications accepted March 1-April 1 for Fall  

     

    APPLY HERE 


    Once your application is submitted and your fall registration date is open, all students are allowed to register for MLS 2211 and MLS 2212.

    If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, please contact us at: 

    801-626-6118


AFTER YOU APPLY INFORMATION  

During the month of April/May, all applicants will receive an invitation to join a Canvas cohort course based on AAS or BS programs. This invitation will be sent to you via your Wildcat email account, accessible through your e-weber portal. Please promptly accept this invitation, as it will be our main source of communication with you regarding acceptance.

Once acceptance notifications are sent, if you are not accepted into the program you will be automatically withdrawn from fall MLS classes and removed from the cohort Canvas course. Notifications of acceptance will be sent via Canvas email by June 1st.

Accepted students will then be required to complete a drug screen, background check and provide record of immunizations to include Hep B, MMR, Varicella and TDAP, before fall semester begins. In addition, you will need to get your flu vaccine and 2-step TB test between September and December of the year of acceptance.

For additional questions, please contact the MLS Department at mls@weber.edu or 801-626-6118.

 


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