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Online BS: Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)

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

Weber State University was the first school in the world to develop an online Medical Laboratory Sciences program for both AAS and BS degrees, beginning in 2001. This program is an innovation in advancing working professionals from Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) to Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). Students from all over the world participate in WSU's online program. Upon successful completion of our online Bachelor of Science MLS program, students are eligible to sit for the ASCP MLS certification exam via route one. Our degree programs are organized into a "ladder" format, with the four-year curriculum divided into two programs. The AAS MLT program comprises the first two years of the program, followed by the MLS program. 

As a student, you will complete numerous projects that focus on the day-to-day administrative aspects of the laboratory. These projects will teach valuable skills such as: CAP and CLIA compliance, new instrument selection, policy and procedure writing, workload management, test method comparison and validation, quality assurance practices and approaches to teaching and supervision. All information and data for these projects will be gathered from your place of employment, thereby benefiting you and your employer.

In addition to your project-based courses, you will take advanced clinical courses in microbiology, hematology and bloodbank. In each of these classes, you will focus on laboratory competencies that will be completed in the laboratory where you are employed.

Support courses and general education requirements can be taken either through the WSU online program or at your nearby university or college. We will work with that university to transfer these credits to WSU and count them toward your degree.




Weber State Univeristy is an open enrollment institution. Students should first apply for general admissions and then to our online MLS program. 

See step 4 for program eligibility requirements. 


Application Checklist


Lab Competency Requirements

Our online MLS program requires clinical support in the following areas: Hematology,  Microbiology, and Blood Bank.  Click the link below to access the competency checklist for each MLS course 

Note: other BS MLS program courses require students to complete project-based assignments in the laboratory


Lab Competency Requirements



Need help selecting classes?

Have questions about our MLS program?

Please contact the MLS program advisor, Christy Achter at or 801-626-6874.