Prerequisite Courses

Essential Functions of Medical Laboratory Scientists

These essential functions represent the non-academic demands of the program. All applicants are expected to meet these requirements in order to participate in the medical technology program.

  1. Essential Observational Requirements: The medical laboratory science student must be able to: use a microscope and differentiate microscopic components of cells, tissues, etc.; observe laboratory demonstrations of techniques and procedures; discriminate color reactions; and read text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print or on a video monitor.
  2. Essential Movement Requirements: The medical laboratory science student must be able to: move freely and safely about a laboratory and in patient rooms; reach laboratory benchtops and shelves, free-standing laboratory instruments, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture; control laboratory equipment (i.e. pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures; perform delicate manipulations which require good eye-hand coordination; travel to clinical laboratory sites for practical experience; and perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing and/or sitting, over several hours.
  3. Essential Communication Requirements: The medical laboratory science student must be able to: read and comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, journal articles, handbooks, and instruction manuals); effectively communicate with faculty, classmates, patients, physicians and other health care personnel in a professional, positive, and tactful manner; follow verbal and written instructions in English in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures; legibly record laboratory data; and independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer and laboratory practical examinations.
  4. Essential Intellectual and Conceptual Abilities: The medical laboratory science student must be able to: measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate and synthesize; recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions in a timely manner; exercise critical thinking skills to solve problems; and exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.
  5. Essential Behavioral and Social Attributes: The medical laboratory science student must be able to: maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability and accountability in the performance of their laboratory responsibilities; perform laboratory tests carefully while maintaining efficiency and organization; maintain personal hygiene and wear garments appropriate to the work setting; tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress and adapt to changing technology and environments; recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self and nearby individuals; and function as a supportive member of the health care team, maintaining highest laboratory standards in delivery of patient care.

Prerequisite Courses

A minimum of 69 credits are required from a regionally accredited college or university and must fulfill all College requirements regarding the acceptance of transfer credit.  Only courses with a grade of “C” or better are accepted to meet prerequisite course requirements.  Students are eligible for the MLS program after completing 63 credits, including all of the science and mathematics requirements.  However, upon acceptance into the program, an additional 6 credits of core curriculum must be listed on the student’s degree plan.

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Credits
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
College Algebra3
Statistics/Calculus (or higher level mathematics)3
Biological/Health Science
Biology with laboratory4
Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory4
Microbiology with laboratory4
Two-semester sequence of General Chemistry with laboratories8
Science Electives*** (2000 level and above)8
Fine Arts*
Music, Art, Theater3
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities**3
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6
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.

*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.  No more than 4 credits of Botony.

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 credit for science courses is limited to Biology I and Chemistry I.