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Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)


This program is only available to students in the United States. 


  • This online degree is the option for you if you are already working as a certified MLT and need a flexible course schedule
  • Online out-of-state students pay the same rate as our Utah resident students: tuition table
  • 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 

  • 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.

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

  • 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 

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


  • 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)*

    *Credit given for completing clinical competency requirements in each MLS course

    Total credit hours: 41

    View the full course catalog for more details.

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 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 for general admissions. This is required PRIOR to applying to the MLS program. $30 general admissions application fee. 


    Placement Testing for Math & English

    Math Placement Information

    English Placement Information

    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#. Students with previous degrees or math or English courses may not need placement testing. 

    Online BS/MLS Advisor

    Christy Achter


  • Step 2: Complete Pre-Reqs & Secure Clinical Support

    The following academic and clinical requirements must be met prior to submitting MLS application:

    Academic Requirements:

    • Overall GPA of 2.7 or higher 
    • Completion of English 2010 and QL math (MATH 1030, 1035, 1040, or 1050) 
    • Completion of 4 support courses with a C grade or better, see Required Support Courses above


    Clinical Requirements:

    • Clinical support in Hematology, Chemistry, Blood Bank, and Microbiology/Bacteriology. We do not assist with clinical placement. 


  • Step 3: Program Application

    Secondary program application is required.

    BEFORE you start your MLS 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: February 1
    • A one-time, non-refundable $95 fee application fee will be required (payable via credit card)
    • You must upload the MLS Statement of Support with your application


    Incomplete applications will be denied. If your application is denied, you will be required to reapply and repay the $95 application fee. 





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