Why study Medical Laboratory Science: Pre-Professional at APSU?
The medical laboratory science program has a student to faculty member ratio of 6:1, which means students benefit from individual attention. Over 95% of our graduates have passed the national certification exam and virtually all our students find a job or attend medical or graduate school.
What will I learn?
Our students develop skills in phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control, management, education, research, and laboratory testing. They apply these skills in each of the major areas within the clinical laboratory: clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, and blood banking. Prior to beginning their senior year, students will first become proficient with core concepts in biology and chemistry. All students who are accepted to our program receive job specific training. Students complete two semesters of academic coursework within our major followed by a spring semester clinical internship which provides further preparation for employment. Graduates of our program take a national certification exam that affirms their place as a laboratory professional.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Students can engage in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and attend conferences for Medical Laboratory Science students and professionals.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Medical Laboratory Science Majors Do After Graduation?
Medical laboratory scientists perform the laboratory testing so that results can be used by physicians and other members of the health care team to treat and manage patient care. We are behind the scenes professionals that are a key component in helping health care providers diagnose and treat patients. Without our testing and results medicine would be reduced to guesswork. Our graduates are employed in a wide range of fields. Many decide to work in hospital laboratories; others work in forensic science laboratories, public health laboratories, research laboratories, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Only licensed medical laboratory technologists can work in hospitals.