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Medical Laboratory Science

Experiential learning through clinical education

Medical laboratory science encompasses the essence of biology, chemistry, and medicine. It is associated with the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of disease through the understanding, application, and performance of clinical laboratory analyses. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests on blood and other body fluids to aid in the maintenance of health and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The medical laboratory science major prepares students for national certification as medical laboratory scientists through the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC).

Freshmen enter as medical laboratory and diagnostics interest majors. In order to enter the medical laboratory science major at the end of the sophomore year certain criteria are required: a minimum 2.00 GPA for the first 4 semesters, minimum 2.00 GPA for prerequisite courses in chemistry and biological sciences (science index), and completion of at least 60 credit hours, including the prerequisite courses. Admission to the junior/senior major is determined by academic achievement. Students who meet the standards are admitted to the major in descending order of grade point average until the 36 positions in the junior class are filled. In the past, all sophomores with both a 2.5 or better GPA and a 2.00 or better science index have been successful in gaining admission to the junior/senior major.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Nanomedicine

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Hospital and private clinical laboratories
  • Public health agencies
  • Industrial medical and biomedical laboratories
  • Research and forensic laboratories
  • Educational institutions
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Fertility centers
  • Physicians’ office laboratories
  • Veterinary laboratories
  • Technical sales
  • Instrument service
  • Management
  • Teaching
  • Medical writing

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Clinical chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Management or Education

What’s special about this program?

 

Students in this major complete experiential learning through clinical education in laboratories at the program’s hospital and private affiliates. Graduates in Medical Laboratory Science earn a Bachelor of Science degree and also may qualify for a minor in Biological Sciences if they meet certain criteria. Our students receive excellent academic and career advisement, are specifically prepared for physician assistant studies through the only pre-physician assistant concentration on campus, and use biology and chemistry knowledge in medical-related careers.

Sample curriculum

FALL   SPRING  
       
BISC207 Introductory Bio I with Lab BISC208 Intro Bio II with Lab

 

CHEM103 or 107

 

General Chemistry I with Lab

 

CHEM104 OR 108

 

General Chemistry II with Lab

 

 

Mathematics Course

 

 

MMSC200

 

Language of Medicine

UNIV101 First Year Experience ENG110 Seminar in Composition
 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

MMSC100

 

Intro to Medical Laboratory Science

FALL   SPRING  
       
BISC276

  Human Physiology

 

BISC300  Introduction to Microbiology

 

CHEM213/215

 

  Elementary Organic Chemistry

  with Lab

 

 

CHEM214/216

 

 Elementary Biochemistry

 with Lab

MMSC250  

  Communication, Education and

  Ethics in Healthcare

 

   Breadth requirements
 

  University Breadth Courses

 

   
FALL   SPRING  
       
MMSC360

 Clinical Immunology and

 Medical Virology 

MMSC392

Molecular Diagnostics Lab II

 

 

MMSC362

 

 Clinical Immunology and Medical   Virology Lab 

MMSC407/417

Clinical Physiological  Chemistry I with

    Lab 

 

MMSC370

 

 Phlebotomy Practicum

 

MMSC423/424

 

 Hematology I with Lab 

 

MMSC375

 

 Statistics and Research for Med

 Lab Students

 

MMSC428/429

 

 Medical Microbiology with Lab

 

MMSC390

 

 Genetics & Molecular

 Diagnostics

MMSC409/419  Immunohematology I with   Lab

 

MMSC391

 

 Molecular Diagnostics Lab I

   

 

MMSC402

 

 Body Fluid Analysis

   

 

MMSC412

 

 Body Fluid Analysis Laboratory

   
 

 

 Second Writing Course

   
       
FALL   Winter (Off campus)  
       
MMSC436

Clinical Physiological Chemistry II 

 

MMSC472 Clinical Urinalysis Practicum
MMSC437

Clinical Lab Instrumentation

   

 

MMSC433/434

 

 Hematology II with Lab

 

SPRING  
MMSC420/421

 Immunohematology II with Lab

 

(Off campus)

MMSC471

Laboratory Practice and Leadership II
MMSC438/439

 Diagnostic Bacteriology and Medical   Mycology with Lab

 

 

MMSC473

 

Clinical Chemistry Practicum

MMSC418

Senior Seminar I

 

 

MMSC475

 

Clinical Hematology Practicum

MMSC461 Laboratory Practice and Leadership I

 

MMSC477 

 

Clinical Microbiology Practicum

   

 

MMSC479

 

Clinical Immunohematology Practicum

   

 

MMSC480

 

Senior Seminar II

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