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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 to five semesters through distance education.

Prerequisite Courses

Prior to enrollment in the program, applicants must complete 75 credits (3 hours must be upper-level coursework, 3000 or above) to include:

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Credits
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra3
Statistics/Calculus (or higher level mathematics)3
SCIENCE
Biological/Health Science
Biology with laboratory4
Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory4
Microbiology with laboratory4
Chemistry
Two-semester sequence of General Chemistry with laboratories8
Science Electives*** (2000 level and above)8
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts*
Music, Art, Theater3
Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities**3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6
Electives*** ****17
NOTE: 6 hours of program prerequisites may be completed after enrolling in the program but prior to graduation, with the exception of math and science courses.
OVERALL TOTAL75

*The Fine Arts requirement cannot be fulfilled with a studio course.

**Humanities requirements may be selected from the courses in the subject areas of philosophy, political science, literature and the humanities.  The course in National Government, if selected to meet the US History/National Government requirement, cannot also be used to meet the Humanities requirement in Political Science.  Acceptable courses in literature must be broad survey courses; world literature is especially recommended.

***Recommended electives include introductory courses in Computer Science, Management, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Quantitative Analysis.  Not to include more than 4 credits of Botony.

****At least three (3) hours must be Upper Level Electives.

Chemistry and Biology/Health Science courses must be suitable for majors in those disciplines and must include laboratory credit in required courses. Other courses may fulfill the program’s requirements. Contact the department for course approval.  CLEP credits are not acceptable to fulfill chemistry and biological science requirements.


MLT-to-MLS Curriculum

Full-Time

The following 45 credits are required in the program curriculum:

Course #TitleCredits
Fall
MLSC 3120Body Fluids Lab for Distance Learners1
MLSC 3214Current Topics in Medical Laboratory Sciences2
MLSC 4214Parasitology2
MLSC 4222Hematology Lab for Distance Learners2
MLSC 4223Body Fluids2
MLSC 4312Hematology3
MLSC 4311Immunology and Virology3
15
Spring
MLSC 4126Immunohematology Lab for Distance Learners1
MLSC 4127Molecular Diagnostics Lab1
MLSC 4217Molecular Diagnostics2
MLSC 4236Clinical Microbiology Lab for Distance Learners2
MLSC 4315Clinical Microbiology3
MLSC 4316Immunohematology3
MLSC 4515Clinical Chemistry5
17
Fall
MLSC 4138Lab Management1
MLSC 4135Case Studies1
MLSC 4216Chemistry Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4235Microbiology Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4241Blood Bank Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4232Hematology Case Study and Development2
MLSC XXXXLaboratory Sciences IPE3
13
TOTAL45

A letter grade of “C” or better is required for the student to progress in the program.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.

Part-Time

The following 45 credits are required in the program curriculum:

Course #TitleCredits
Year 1
Fall
MLSC 3214Current Topics in Medical Laboratory Sciences2
MLSC 4138Lab Management1
MLSC 4214Parasitology2
MLSC 4222Hematology Lab for Distance Learners2
MLSC 4312Hematology3
10
Spring
MLSC 4127Molecular Diagnostics Lab for Distance Learners1
MLSC 4217Molecular Diagnostics2
MLSC 4232Hematology Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4236Clinical Microbiology Lab for Distance Learners2
MLSC 4315Clinical Microbiology3
10
Year 2
Fall
MLSC 3120Body Fluids Lab for Distance Learners1
MLSC 4223Body Fluids2
MLSC 4235Microbiology Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4311Immunology and Virology3
8
Spring
MLSC 4126Immunohematology Lab for Distance Learners1
MLSC 4316Immunohematology3
MLSC 4515Clinical Chemistry5
9
Year 3
Fall
MLSC 4135Case Studies1
MLSC 4241Blood Bank Case Study and Development2
MLSC 4216Chemistry Case Study and Development2
MLSC XXXXLaboratory Sciences IPE3
8
TOTAL45

A letter grade of “c” or better is required for the student to progress in the program. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.

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