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Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)


Modern healthcare is evolving faster than ever, and with it comes changes to job descriptions in clinical laboratory personnel. Employers need skilled employees to fill supervisory positions, utilize up-to date quality assurance principles in cost control, maintain regulatory compliance, and increase the overall efficiency of the laboratory as well as routine bench work.

The WSU Medical Laboratory Sciences online Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Medical Laboratory Technician and Bachelor of Science (BS) Medical Laboratory Scientist degree programs focus on these high standards. 

This program is only available to students in the United States. This program is not authorized for students in New York. 


  • This online degree is the option for you if you are already working as a certified MLT and need a flexible course schedule
  • 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)


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 
  • Correlation of theory with laboratory work
  • Correlation of laboratory findings to common disease
  • Laboratory management and interprofessional education (IPE)

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. 



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

  • The online Bachelor of Science program in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department heavily relies on your clinical mentor and laboratory competencies components.

    General Education requirements for the Bachelor or Science degree can be found in the course catalog.

    TIP: Due to the extensive laboratory requirements in our online program, we strongly recommend that students stick to 8-10 credit hours per semester to help balance their workload, laboratory requirements and course load.

  • 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: Intro. Microbiology or equivalent (3)

    • PUBH 3200: Epidemiology (3) 


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


    • HAS 3010: Professionalism in Healthcare (3)


    Total credit hours: 24 credit hours 




  • Core Requirements

    Students will need to be admitted to the MLS program before registering for any of these courses (with the exception of MLS 3301).

    • MLT ASCP certification
    • MLS 3301: Online Orientation (2)
    • 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)*

    *Clinical experience may be given for working in your employment lab

    Total credit hours: 41

    View the full course catalog for more details.

Great care is in demand. Be Brilliant.

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

This program offers priority application deadlines


  • Step 1: Apply & Place

    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.

    General admissions fee is $30.


    Placement Testing for Math & English

    Placement testing for math and English gives you a starting point for general education. 

    Students with a previous BS or BA degrees do not need placement testing for math or English. 

    Students with a previous AS or AAS degrees may need to complete math and/or English placement testing depending on transfer courses.

    If you are unsure if you need placement testing, check your CatTracks or contact your MLS Advisor from your e-weber email with your W#. 



    Math Placement Information

    English Placement Information

  • Step 2: Advise & Require

    Academic Advising

    We want to be sure you succeed in your ever upward dreams, and in an online format we also want you to know we are here to help.

    Contact our MLS advisors to get your major updated and for guidance on when to apply to the online AAS and BS programs. In addition, we will help you set up an academic plan and map out your courses up to graduation.

    Online BS/MLS Advisor

    Christy Achter


    Academic and Clinical Requirements to Apply

    To apply to our online BS MLS program, please be sure the following academic requirements have been met: 

    • Overall GPA of 2.7 of higher 
    • Completion of English 2010 and QL math (MATH 1030, 1040, or 1050) 
    • Completion of 3 to 4 support courses with a C grade or better, see Required Support Courses above*
    • Clinical support in Hematology, Chemistry, Blood Bank, and Microbiology/Bacteriology. We do not assist with student clinical placement. 


    *Note: Equivalent courses completed at regionally accredited institutions may be accepted.


  • Step 3: Program Application

    To apply to the BS MLS (Medical Laboratory Scientist) online programs, you will complete an online application.

    BEFORE you start your application, please note the following:

    • MLT (ASCP) certification is REQUIRED to apply 
      • MT (AMT) or MT (AAB) certification also acceptable
      • Some state certifications are also accepted 
    • MLS priority application deadlines:
      • Fall semester: May 1
      • Spring semester: September 1  
      • Summer semester: Feb 1
    • A one-time, non-refundable $95 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
    • You must upload the MLS Statement of Support with your application


    Applications received after priority deadlines will be processed as time permits or moved to the following application cycle. 


    After completing the BS MLS application, students will be notified via email of preliminary application review: complete or incomplete status.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance.

    Notice of acceptance or declinations will be sent to the student's WSU Gmail account (accessible through your e-weber portal). Please note, application processing make take up to 6-8 weeks from the time the application is considered complete.

    If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, please contact Online MLS Advisor.




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