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MLT-MLS Distance Education

The MLT-to-MLS Distance Learning program allows medical laboratory technicians with an associate degree to complete the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences in three (3) to five (5) semesters through a combination of distance education and a concentrated laboratory experience.

Prior to enrollment in the program, applicants must complete 82 credits to include:

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Credits
CORE CURRICULUM*
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of Civilization or World History3
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Electives**21
SUBTOTAL48
*6 hours of core curriculum may be completed after enrolling in the program but must be completed prior to graduation.
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENTS
SCIENCE
Biological/Health Science:
Biology Electives with laboratories8
Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory4
Microbiology with laboratory4
Chemistry
Two-semester sequence of General Chemistry with laboratories8
Organic or Biochemistry with laboratory4
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra (or higher level mathematics)3
Statistics3
SUBTOTAL34
TOTAL82

**At least ten (10) hours must be Upper Level Electives.

The MLT-to-MLS curriculum requires 38 credits of upper level MLS courses for a total of 120 credits for a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences degree.

In addition, all students are required to attend concentrated molecular diagnostic laboratory sessions on the UAMS campus in Little Rock.  The laboratory sessions are conducted in one to three day sessions each spring.

After completing the courses listed above, students will progress to advanced laboratory case studies.  MLTs will demonstrate MLS level clinical skill competencies in approved clinical laboratories.

Course #TitleCredits
Fall
MLSC 3214Current Topics in Medical Laboratory Sciences2
MLSC 4312Hematology3
MLSC 4223Body Fluids2
MLSC 4311Immunology and Virology3
MLSC 4217Molecular Diagnostics2
MLSC 4214Parasitology2
14
Spring
MLSC 4316Immunohematology3
MLSC 4515Clinical Chemistry5
MLSC 4315Clinical Microbiology3
MLSC 4127Molecular Diagnostics Lab1
12
Fall
MLSC 4134Lab. Med. Seminar1
MLSC 4138Lab Management1
MLSC 4135Case Studies1
MLSC 4100Community Clinical Experience1
MLSC 4235Microbiology Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4241Blood Bank Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4216Chemistry Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4232Hematology Case Study and Development2
12
TOTAL38

For further information on the MLT-to-MLS distance learning program, call (501) 686-5776.

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