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Degree Details

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Program Type:
Baccalaureate

Licensed Medical Laboratory Technicians who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science may elect to enroll in the MLT/CLT to MLS program. The goals of the program are to facilitate educational mobility from the Medical Laboratory Technician at the associate degree level to the Medical Laboratory Scientist at the bachelor degree level, and to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will make them eligible for employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). Twenty-six hours of credit will be awarded to students who are graduates of an associate degree program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), who hold certification as an MLT/CLT, and who have one year of clinical experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science are presented below:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the entry-level medical laboratory scientist.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate technical skills and delivery of reliable results with assurance and confidence in performing laboratory tasks.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate appropriate professional communication skills, attitudes, and ethics required of medical laboratory scientists.
  4. Graduates will integrate the role and services of medical laboratory scientists with the roles and services of other health care professionals in the delivery of patient care to the consumer/public.
  5. Graduates will recognize that continuing education is necessary for maintenance, certification, and recertification as health care professionals.
  6. Graduates will be academically prepared to apply and seek national certification by examination through a recognized agency.

Accreditation

The Department of Allied Health is currently seeking accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (www.naacls.org); telephone (773) 714-8880; FAX 773-714-8886). Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to seek national certification through completion of the national certification examination.

Institutional Affiliations

  • Avoyelles Hospital
  • Beauregard Memorial Hospital
  • CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
  • LaSalle General Hospital
  • LSUHSC Huey P. Long Medical Center
  • Opelousas General Hospital
  • Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VA)
  • Ville Platte Medical Center

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to bachelor degrees as specified on our Academic Requirements site.
  2. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required by the curriculum clinical site.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to LSUA our Applying for Admissions ,entry into the Medical Laboratory Science program requires that the applicants meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must be unconditionally admitted to the university and declare Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) as their major. 
  2. Students must have attained an overall college grade point average of at least 2.0. 
  3. Students must have completed with a grade of “C” or higher all courses listed under the General Education Requirements and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum. 
  4. Students must be able to meet the program’s technical standards/essential requirements.
  5. Students must be graduates of an MLT/CLT associate degree program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
  6. Students must hold certification as an MLT(ASCP), CLT(NCA) or equivalent.
  7. Students must have one year of work experience as an MLT/CLT generalist (or will have at the point of taking MLSC courses offered in this program). Students who do not haveone year of generalist clinical experience but are certified as an MLT/CLT may fulfill degree requirements by completing a one-year practicum at an approved affiliate clinical site. 
  8. Students must submit to the Department of Allied Health a completed MLS Application Form and all other required documents by May 1. 

Progression Requirements

These following progression criteria apply to the student’s progress prior to and after enrollment in the MLT/CLT to MLS program:

  1. Student must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each course required by the curriculum.
  2. Student must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0.

Note: Students may be dismissed from the program if their clinical performance is unsatisfactory and/or if they fail on a second attempt to complete a MLSC course with a “C” or higher. If a student is not enrolled in a MLSC course for a semester, application for readmission to the MLS program is required.

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