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Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program from Thomas University prepares students for an exciting and rewarding career. Students with no prior laboratory experience may enroll in the on-ground program at out Thomasville campus. The Medical Laboratory Science online 2+2 track provides current Medical Laboratory Technicians an opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree while continuing to work.

Medical Lab Scientists are an integral part of the healthcare team and aid in the diagnosis of patients through scientific analysis of human samples to yield diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, students who are interested in a pre-medical track with the intention of applying to a medical school after graduation may also pursue this major.

Graduates will be prepared to enter the field with a rich and diversified skill set enabling employment in a variety of laboratories, such as medical and hospital, forensic, pharmaceutical, drug trial, veterinary, physician offices, food and beverage, and other lab-related career fields.

+Accreditation

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; phone (773) 714-8880; www.naacls.org

+On-ground MLS program

The traditional B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science is offered on-ground at our campus in Thomasville. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher to be admitted to the MLS major courses. Our traditional MLS program accepts students into the major core each fall semester, where they begin a structured curriculum and competency-based clinical experiences. Students graduating with the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Thomas University will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination at the Medical Laboratory Scientist level.

COURSES

General Education

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • University Studies
  • College Algebra or Mathematical Modeling
  • Statistics
  • Biology I or equivalent
  • Inquiry Electives (2 classes)
  • Cultural Foundations electives (3 classes)

Creativity electives (2 classes)

Major Courses

  • Chemistry I & II
  • Parasitology, Mycology and Virology
  • Urinalysis and Body Fluids
  • Clinical Immunology & Molecular Diagnosis
  • Clinical Microbiology I & II
  • Hematology and Coagulation I & II
  • Clinical Immunohematology I & II
  • Clinical Chemistry I & II
  • Research Methods & Project
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry
  • Senior Seminar
  • Lab Management & Supervision
  • Clinical Internship I & II
  • Approved science electives (2 classes)

Total Credits 123

CIP Code 51.1099

+Online 2+2 MLS

The 2+2 Medical Laboratory Science program is an online bridge program designed for the medical laboratory technician who has previously earned an associate degree from a NAACLS-accredited MLT/CLT program and holds current MLT certification. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher to be admitted to the program. Students are accepted each semester. Once accepted, students begin a structured curriculum of online courses and competency-based clinical experiences. Students graduating with the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Thomas University will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination at the Medical Laboratory Scientist level.

“This is my second semester at TU. Prior to TU, I had only taken one class online. I was a little uneasy about taking a couple of years’ worth since I’m an older student, but I am truly impressed with my instructors. I know I made the right decision for my MLS degree. I have found all to be professional yet very willing to help a student. ”

– Kimberly W. Fanning, MLT (ASCP)

COURSES

Transfer students must meet the following core curriculum requirements. Students may transfer in courses or complete them at Thomas University.

General Education

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • College Algebra or Mathematical Modeling
  • Statistics
  • Biology I or equivalent
  • Social Science elective (1 class)
  • Creativity electives (1 class)

Major Courses

  • Chemistry I
  • Parasitology, Mycology and Virology
  • Urinalysis and Body Fluids II
  • Clinical Immunology & Molecular Diagnosis II
  • Clinical Microbiology II
  • Hematology and Coagulation II
  • Clinical Immunohematology II
  • Clinical Chemistry II
  • Research Methods & Project
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry
  • Senior Seminar
  • Lab Management & Supervision
  • Advanced Clinical Internship
  • Approved science electives (3 classes)

Total Credits 120

CIP Code 51.1099

+Biomedical Laboratory Science

This program is designed for students who have previously earned an associate degree from a NAACLS-accredited MLT/CLT program and do not intend to pursue the MLS certification from ASCP.

COURSES

General Education

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Oral Communication for Professionals
  • University Studies
  • College Algebra or Mathematical Modeling
  • Statistics
  • Biology I or equivalent
  • Inquiry Electives (2 classes)
  • Cultural Foundations electives (3 classes)
  • Creativity electives (2 classes)

Major Courses

  • Clinical Laboratory Methodologies
  • Parasitology, Mycology and Virology
  • Urinalysis & Body Fluids
  • Immunology & Molecular Diagnosis
  • Clinical Microbiology I and II
  • Clinical Hematology & Coagulation I and II
  • Clinical Immunohematology I and II
  • Clinical Chemistry I and II
  • MLS/BIO electives (4 classes)

Total Credits 122

CIP Code 26.0102

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Admissions Office, Thomas University, 1501 Millpond Road, Thomasville, GA 31792

Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED.Students with prior college credit and those applying to the 2+2 program must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. You can order transcripts from prior colleges here.

Students applying to the MLS 2+2 program who have recently completed their program can be admitted and begin working toward their bachelor's degree. However, they must pass the MLT exam within two semesters. Once accepted into the major courses, the program director will work with you to secure the necessary additional documents.

What is the career outlook for Medical Laboratory Scientists?

Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.

What Can I Do with This Degree?

Technologists in small laboratories perform many types of tests; in large laboratories, they sometimes specialize. The following are examples of types of specialized medical laboratory technologists:
  • Blood bank technologists, or immunohematology technologists, collect blood, classify it by type, and prepare blood and its components for transfusions.
  • Clinical chemistry technologists prepare specimens and analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids.
  • Microbiology technologists examine and identify bacteria and other microorganisms.
Technologists and technicians often specialize after they have worked in a particular area for a long time or have received advanced education or training in that area. Some students use this program as a pre-professional track for medical school. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

MLS Student Handbook

MLS Clinical Handbook

Program Outcomes

Outcome2016201720183-year Average
Graduates262420
Placement Rate (includes continuing education)100%100%95%99%
Attrition %79%96%24%22%
ASCP Exam Pass Rate38%53%45%45%

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