About the Program
The Medical Laboratory Sciences program is a traditional program with either a full-time or part-time track and with a cohort of 30 students beginning each fall semester. The full-time track requires 17 months to complete either as an on-campus or distance-hybrid student*. The part-time track allows students a maximum of five semesters to complete the program. The program also offers an MLT-to-MLS distance track that is designed for medical laboratory technicians (MLTs). Upon completion of the full-time, part-time, or MLT-to-MLS track, a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences is awarded.
Graduates are eligible to apply for certification examinations given by national agencies and for licensure examinations given by some states. The granting of the B.S. degree is not contingent upon the student’s performance on any type of external certification or licensure examination.
The traditional program consists of 69 credits of prerequisite course work and 51 credits in the medical laboratory sciences curriculum for a total of 120 credits. The MLT-to-MLS track consists of 75 credits of prerequisite and MLT coursework and 45 credits of upper level MLS coursework for a total of 120 credits.
*Distance-hybrid student: A student who completes the didactic portion of the curriculum using distance education lectures and virtual laboratories, but also comes to the UAMS Main Campus at times for traditional, in-person laboratory sessions.
Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Academic aptitude
- Leadership and professionalism
- Written and oral communication
The Medical Laboratory Sciences program works with institutions in the following cities to provide clinical rotation opportunities for our students: Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Hot Springs, Conway, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Rogers, Mt. Home, Batesville, and Searcy.
Medical Laboratory Sciences students are strongly encouraged to complete the hepatitis B vaccine series. Contact the department for further information.