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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 

 

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 Bachelor of 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
  • Laboratory management and interprofessional education (IPE)
ACHIEVE

As a Bachelor of Science graduate in Medical Laboratory Sciences, you'll be able to work in a variety of high demand and growing healthcare settings, such as:

  • Clinics, hospitals and physician practices
  • Research institutions
  • Pharmaceutical labs
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Forensic labs
  • Public health
  • Blood donation or transplant centers

The average starting salary for this degree varies depending on location, experience level and choice of employment. 

 


COURSE LAYOUT

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


  • The Bachelor of 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. Average starting salaries for BS graduates in hospital laboratories begin around $52,000.

    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.

  • Required Support Courses


    • CHEM 1110/1115: Elementary Chemistry (5) 
    • CHEM 1120/1125: Elementary Organic/Biochemistry (5) 
    • HTHS 1110 LS: Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) 
    • HTHS 1111: Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4) 
    • MICR 1113: Introductory Microbiology (3) OR equivalent
    • PUBH 3200: Epidemiology (3) 

    OR

    • MICR 3603: Advanced Microbiology for Health Professions (3) 

    OR

    • HAS 3010: Professionalism in Healthcare (3)

    Total credit hours: 24

    TIP: Students with no college experience may be more successful if they take their first course or two (such as HTHS 1110) in a traditional campus setting face-to-face before beginning their online courses.

  • Track I Requirements


    Students will need to be admitted to the MLS program before registering for any of these courses.

    • MLS 3302: Biostatics, Research & Laboratory Practices (4) 
    • MLS 3310: Advanced Clinical Immunohematology (4) 
    • MLS 3312: Clinical Lab Immunology/Virology (4) 
    • MLS 3313: Advanced Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis (4)
    • MLS 3314: Advanced Clinical Chemistry (4)
    • MLS 3316: Advanced Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics (4) 
    • MLS 4409: Clinical Correlation (1)
    • MLS 4410: Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams (3) 
    • MLS 4411: MLS Simulated Laboratory I (3)
    • MLS 4412: MLS Simulated Laboratory II (3) 
    • MLS 4415: Laboratory Teaching/Supervision I (3)
    • MLS 4453: Supervised Clinical Experience I (1)
    • MLS 4454: Supervised Clinical Experience II (1)

    Total credit hours: 39

    View the full course catalog for more details.

  • Track II Requirements


    Students will need to be admitted to the MLS program before registering for any of these courses.

    • MLS 3302: Biostatics, Research Methods, & Laboratory Practices (4) 
    • MLS 3310: Advanced Immunohematology (4) 
    • MLS 3312: Clinical Lab Immunology/Virology (4)
    • MLS 3313: Advanced Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis (4) 
    • MLS 3314: Advanced Clinical Chemistry (4) 
    • MLS 3316: Advanced Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics (4)
    • MLS 4411: MLS Simulated Laboratory I (3) (Beginning catalog year 2021-22)
    • MLS 4453: Supervised Clinical Experience I (1)
    • MLS 4454: Supervised Clinical Experience II (1)
    • CHEM 2310: Organic Chemistry I (5)
    • CHEM 2320: Organic Chemistry II (5) OR CHEM 3070: Biochemistry (3)
    • MATH 1060 OR 1080 OR higher (3) 
    • PHYS 2010: College Physics (5)
    • PHYS 2020: College Physics II (5)
    • ZOOL 3300: Genetics (4) OR equivalent


    Note: ZOOL 3300 Genetics is the recommended courses for this track, but may be replaced with another upper division science course. Please contact our advisors for approval and questions.


    • MLS 4803: Research Projects in MLS I (2)
    • HAS 4804: Research Projects in MLS II (2)

    OR

    • MLS 4409 Clinical Correlations (1)  
    • MLS 4410 Interdisciplinary Healthcare Teams (3)

    Total credit hours: 50-52

    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 Admissions: Applications active March 1 to April 1

 

STEPS FOR ADMISSIONS  
 
  • Step 1: Apply & Track


    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.

    Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences on campus, must have earned an Associate of Applied Science at WSU, or be an ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Technician with recent laboratory experience in the last 5 years.

     

    Choose a Track

    The Bachelor of Science program has two tracks:

    • Track I is for those who intend to work as clinical laboratory scientists or who intend to apply to a Physician Assistant (PA) program or other graduate school programs.
    • Track II contains pre-professional course requirements for those who plan on continuing their education to Medical, Dental or Veterinary schools.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

  • Step 2: Curriculum Pattern


    Choose a Curriculum Pattern

    The Bachelor of Science program has three curriculum patterns, students will be asked to indicate their pattern of interest on their application. For assistance in determining your pattern, please make an appointment with Kendal Beazer

    • Traditional 4-Semester Pattern: Intended for Track I students who have three or more BS general education courses left to complete. This pattern is also indicated for all Track II students.
    • Accelerated 3-Semester Pattern: Intended for Track I students who have completed all but one or two BS general education courses. Special approval for this pattern is not required. However, we strongly recommend meeting with a faculty advisor to review course load and determine sustainability for this pattern.
    • Accelerated 2-Semester Pattern: Intended for Track I students who have completed all BS general education and support course requirements. Department approval required for this pattern. To qualify for 2-semester pattern, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 AND a passing score on the MLT ASCP certification exam. Due to scheduling and workload requirements, students accepted into this pattern are advised to refrain from time-consuming obligations (i.e. job, committees, clubs, etc.) that require more than 10-15 hours per week during the academic year in which they are accelerating. 


    Note

    • There are limited spots available each year for our accelerated patterns. Priority is given to students with the highest GPA and history of excellent lab performance.
    • Because a number of PA schools begin as early as May, Pre-PA students are asked to follow the 3 or 4 semester pattern to ensure timely completion of MLS summer clinical rotations before beginning PA school. 
  • Step 3: Program Application


    To apply to the MLS BS in Medical Laboratory Science 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 to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an English Proficiency Exam Score on their application

     

    APPLY HERE 


    Once your application is submitted and your fall registration date is open, you are allowed to register for MLS classes and labs. However, if you are accepted into the program but not accepted into the 2-semester accelerated pattern, you will need to withdraw from some of your MLS classes and follow the 3 or 4 semester patterns.

    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 responsible to drop the MLS classes through your registration portal and you will be 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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General Lab Professional Advisement

Briana Bridgman
MLS faculty advisement appointments

801-626-6118
brianabridgman@weber.edu

Marriott Health Building, room 208

Pre-PA Advisement

Kendal Beazer
MHA, BS MLS(ASCP)CM

801-626-6716
kendalbeazer@weber.edu

Marriott Health Building, room 208B

Pre-Professional Advisement

Scott Moore
DO, MLS(ASCP)CM

801-626-6118
mmoore@weber.edu

Marriott Health Building, room 215

 


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