Non-Degree Course Offerings

Non-Degree MLS courses

The department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers educational courses in all of the major disciplines to prepare entry-level and advanced practitioners looking to advance their careers or reassess their knowledge base.  The courses cover the same material as our NAACLS accredited degree program classes and have an excellent reputation for preparing students through the continuum of clinical laboratory science career options, and providing knowledge and skills to help achieve career goals.

These courses do not have a laboratory component and students are not required to be employed in a medical laboratory.  A proctor or a secure testing site is required for online examination integrity.

The courses are designed for students who are not seeking a degree in MLS through Weber State University.

To start taking MLS non-degree courses, please apply to WSU for general admissions. You may select "non-degree seeking" as the degree type. There is a $30 general admissions fee. Once accepted for general admissions, check registration dates for the next available semester. After you have registered for classes, you will need to set up a testing proctor

Courses Offered

MLS 5101. Applications in Clinical Chemistry in Medical Laboratory Sciences
(4 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semesters, and Independent Study

Concepts, methods and clinical correlation of clinical chemistry tests are presented. Emphasis is on testing methods and quality control practices covering carbohydrates, bilirubin, non-protein nitrogen, electrolytes, proteins, lipids, enzymes, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology, and endocrinology. These topics will include clinical correlation with diseases, allowing students to understand conditions in which abnormal results and or data might be obtained. 

MLS 5102. Applications in Hematology and Hemostasis
(3 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semesters, and Independent Study

This course covers the concepts, analytical methods and clinical correlation of hematology and hemostasis as it applies to the medical laboratory.  In addition to normal functions, the topics will include clinical correlation with various hematological and hemostatic disease processes. Current testing and instrumentation will be included as well as regulatory and competency information. 

MLS 5103. Clinical Laboratory Microbiology I
(3 credits) Offered: fall semester

This course provides an in-depth coverage of diagnostic bacteriology including bacterial structures, bacterial metabolism, taxonomy, Gram staining, media selection and composition, colony morphology, and biochemical testing used for identifying pathogens. The organisms covered in this course are aerobic Gram-positive cocci, aerobic Gram-negative diplococci, and aerobic Gram-negative rods. For each of these organisms, the epidemiology, pathogenicity, and procedures for traditional laboratory identification will be covered.

MLS 5104. Clinical Laboratory Microbiology II
(3 credits) Offered: spring semester

This course is a continuation of MLS 5103 although it can be taken separately. Topics covered will include antimicrobials, aerobic Gram-positive rods, spirochetes, anaerobes, mycobacteria, obligate intracellular parasites, viruses, parasites along with fungus and molds. For each of these organisms, the epidemiology, pathogenicity, and procedures for traditional laboratory identification will be covered.

MLS 5105. Laboratory Applications in Immunohematology (Blood Bank)
(3 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semester

Online lecture covering the theory and principles of Immunohematology relevant to blood group serology , antibody detection and identification, compatibility testing, component preparation and therapy in blood transfusion service, quality control parameters, donor screening and phlebotomy, transfusion reactions and hemolytic disease of the newborn. This course is for MLS or MLT professionals who would like to update their didactic skills and knowledge in immunohematology as it is practiced in today’s hospitals and clinics. Please note: this course is not considered immunology. If you need an immunology course, please see MICR 3203 listed below.

MLS 5112. Clinical Laboratory Immunology
(3 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semester

This course provides MLS students with clinical immunology theory and virtual laboratory simulations necessary to prepare for a career in a clinical laboratory setting. The course will be divided into four sections: basic concepts in immunology, clinical immunology techniques, immune related disease states, and diagnostic virology and will focus heavily on clinical immunology laboratory methods as well as in-depth clinical immunology techniques applicable for the clinical laboratory sciences student. 

MICRO 3203. The Immune System in Health and Disease (Immunology)
(3 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semester

This course will focus on the study of the human immune system and its role in health and disease. The course topics include the innate and adaptive immune responses and their role in host defense as well as immunodeficiency and hypersensitivity responses. Manipulation of the immune system through pharmacological means, vaccination or transplantation will also be studied.

If you have questions regarding these courses, please contact:

Cindi Kranek BS, MLS (ASCP)CM
MLS Online Academic Advisor
801-626-8546 or


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