2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 26, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

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.

General Education Requirements

(33 credits)


(5 courses)

Social Science

(3 courses)

  • American History or Politicial Science elective
  • Two Social Science electives

General Education Electives

(2 courses)

  • Two electives from the College of Arts and Sciences

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 in all Chemistry, Biology, and Math courses

Major Requirements

(74 credits)

3+1 or 4+1 Degrees

BIOL 499  -  MLS Internship  is taken in fourth year for 3+1 major and fifth year for 4+1 double major.

Internship may be applied for during the Fall as soon as MLS required courses are close to completion. Please direct questions to the MLS Program Director.

BS in Medical Laboratory Science Degree

Designed for transfers or incoming students entering with credits. (Minimum of 143 credits upon graduation.)

Double Major BS Biology/MLS

Complete a Biology degree with 128 credits, then complete the MLS internship. (Minimum of 164 credits upon graduation.)


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).

Biology Major with a Concentration in Medical Laboratory Science

Students pursuing this option should refer to the Biology, B.S. with a Medical Laboratory Science Concentration  catalog page.

Suggested Courses

Please Note: These courses may be necessary depending on the MLS internship chosen.

Graduation Requirements

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution