2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
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2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Medical Laboratory Science

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Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is an area of the health professions that provides students with the necessary coursework and laboratory information needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform a variety of laboratory tests, ensure the quality of the test results, explain the significance of laboratory tests, evaluate new methods and study the effectiveness of laboratory tests.  A graduate of the MLS program at Maryville University will be trained to perform and interpret laboratory tests and to explain the appropriate use and meaning of those tests to others.

This program consists of 3-4 years of lecture and laboratory courses depending on the track a student selects, followed by one year of clinical education at one of our accredited internship programs at a hospital laboratory setting in Missouri.  The intensive and extensive time the students spend in the clinical environment allows them to develop strong technical skills and professional competency by the time they complete the program.

Humanities (5 courses)

  • Fine Arts (1 course): Art, Music, Performance, Aesthetics
  • Literature/Language (1 course): ENGL or Foreign Language
  • Philosophy  (1 course)
  • Humanities Electives (2 courses)

Social Science (3 courses)

  • American History or Government
  • Social Science Electives (2 courses from ECON, GEOG, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC)

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning (met through major)

BS in Medical Laboratory Science Degree

Double Major BS Biology/MLS

Six additional classes for a total of 21-24 credits

Two must be taken in the College of Arts and Sciences and four must be in Chemistry or Biology

Biology Major with a Concentration in Medical Laboratory Science

Six Additional Classes - for a total of 21-24 credits

Two must be taken in the College of Arts and Sciences but do not have to be in Chemistry or Biology and four must be in Chemistry or Biology

No internship required for graduation

TOTAL Credits Upon Graduation - 128 Credits Minimum

Suggested Courses

3+1 or 4+1 Degrees

*BIOL 499 – CLS Internship (taken in fourth year for 3+1 major and fifth year for 4+1 major)

Internship may be applied for during the Fall of the year student wishes to apply or as soon as MLS required courses are close to completion.  See MLS Director

Good Academic Standing

To remain in good academic standing for the BS in MLS (ie. 3+1 program) or BS Bio/MLS (ie. 4+1 program) the student must:

            Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0.

Achieve a minimum grade of a C (not a C-) in all Chemistry, Biology and Math courses



Upon successful completion of the BS in MLS or the BS Bio/MLS, the student is eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification examination to become credentialed as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS (ASCP).


Required / Additional

* - these courses are required for admission into a CLS internship

# - additional courses may be necessary depending on the CLS program a student selects

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