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Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Medical Laboratory Science (BSMLS)

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Program Director:
Rachel Childs, M.S., MLS(ASCP)CM
College of Health Sciences
4608 Hampton Blvd, Rm 2126
Phone: 757-683-3016

The medical laboratory scientist plays a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease by performing clinical laboratory tests on patients' blood, body fluids, and other specimens. This includes clinical tests within the areas of chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology/serology, urinalysis, immunohematology (blood banking), and molecular pathology.

The program has been continually accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773 714-8880. Due to accreditation, upon successful completion of the program graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam for Medical Laboratory Scientist, administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, MLS(ASCP).


Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the medical laboratory science program. Students are admitted to the program after completion of two years of college study, which includes all program prerequisite courses.  All program prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better.  Additionally, applicants must be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA 2.0 or greater). The students then enter two years of a combined didactic and clinical phase congruent with the 2 + 2 concept. A grade of C (2.00) or better is required in all medical laboratory science course work for continuance in the program. The program does not offer just the final clinical phase to transfer applicants from 3 + 1 programs. Applications to the program, including all materials, must be submitted no later than February 1 for consideration for admission the following fall. Exemptions may be appealed only through the program director. Prospective students who fail to meet the February 1 deadline for formal admission may be allowed to take on-campus medical laboratory science/medical technology courses on a space-available basis. Permission must be first granted by the program director in advance of registration.