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MLT to MLS/MT On-line Program

Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLT to MLS/MT) Program

Transition from MLT to MLS/MT in as few as 11 months!

Through APSU’s MLT to MLS/MT program, in-state students can complete the Bachelor of Science: Medical Laboratory Science for about $11,500*. Out-of-state students taking exclusively online classes pay approximately $14,500* thanks to APSU’s e-rate.

This program will allow you to

A separate program application is required for this major.  Acceptance to the MLT to MLS/MT program is competitive.  The minimum GPA required to apply is 2.7.   All applicants must have successfully completed a NAACLS approved MLT program from a regionally accredited college or university.  MLT coursework credits must transfer to APSU.  Applicants must also meet all technical standards required by the program and have at least two years' full time work experience (minimum 4,000 working hours) as a nationally certified MLT in an accredited human diagnostic laboratory.   The MLT to MLS/MT is an 11-month lock-step program, starting in August and concluding in July. You may need to complete prerequisite courses before gaining acceptance to the program. If so, you will find APSU offers hundreds of classes online.

Once you are accepted, you will take two classes during each of four eight-week terms. Two eight-week terms are completed in the fall and two in the spring. Additionally, you will complete one course during the May session and one course during the summer session, which spans from early May to early July. Upon successful completion of these courses, you will receive course credit for your work experience.  Students graduate at the end of summer session in early August.


Program Requirements

  1. Completion of a program application prior to the March 1 application deadline.  
  2. Minimum 2.7 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. Program admission is competitive.  
  3. Students must have completed a NAACLS accredited MLT program including clinical rotations.
  4. Student must have at least two years’ work experience (minimum 4,000 working hours) as a nationally certified MLT (ASCP, AMT, or similar) in an accredited laboratory (accreditation by CLIA, CAP, or similar)
    1. Work experience must be complete by August 1 of the year the student begins the MLS program.
    2. APSU will grant 17 credit hours for this work experience toward your BS degree.
    3. Experience may be in any section of the laboratory.
    4. No clinical rotations are required as part of the MLT-MT program as this is fulfilled by work experience.
  5. Students must meet all physical and technical standards.
  6. Students must complete all required prerequisite coursework as discussed below. All pre-requisites must be complete before the student can begin the MLS program.


How do I apply?

We are excited to announce the implementation of a streamlined, online program application process which will open fall 2017.   Application to the MLT to MLS program is a separate process in addition to acceptance to Austin Peay State University.  Please return to this website in the fall to find instructions on how to apply using our new process!

Applications are due March 1 each year for the program beginning the following August.  Applications received after March 1 will not be considered.  Late applicants must reapply in order to be considered for subsequent years.  

After a student is accepted to the MLT to MLS program, program faculty will review each student's transcripts to identify any deficiencies in prerequisite coursework which must be completed before beginning the 10-month MLT-MLS/MT program.  APSU offers hundreds of online course options to complete program pre-requisites.


Prerequisite Courses 

  1. If you plan to work in Tennessee, our state requires 16 credit hours of chemistry and 16 credit hours of biology.  All biology and chemistry courses must be applicable for science majors.  One of the biology courses must be Microbiology with lab and one of the chemistry courses must be either organic or biochemistry with lab. Even if the student does not plan to work in TN, the MT faculty may require the completion of prerequisite science courses in order to ensure adequate preparation for the MLS/MT program coursework. Please contact the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board for further information.
  2. All students, regardless of state, are required to take 2 semesters (totaling 6 semester credit hours or 12 quarter hours) of US, Tennessee, or World History.
  3. All students, regardless of state, are required to take two semesters of fine arts (introduction to music, art, theater, or philosophy).  Performance courses are not acceptable.
  4. All students, regardless of state, are required to take two semesters of social sciences (two different departments--sociology, psychology, history, political science, geography)
  5. All students, regardless of state, are required to take three semesters of English (two composition courses and one literature course).
  6. All students, regardless of state, are required to take 1 semester of human A&P (lecture and lab).
  7. All students, regardless of state, are required to take 1 semester of general chemistry for science majors (lecture and lab).
  8. All students, regardless of state, are required to take 1 semester of microbiology (lecture and lab). This cannot be a MLT/MLS microbiology course.  It must be general microbiology from a biology or microbiology department.
  9. All students regardless of state, are required to take 1 semester of oral communication.
  10. All students, regardless of state, are required to take 1 college level algebra or statistics course (cannot be a DSPM or remedial course)
  11. Students must have at least 120 credit hours after completion of our on-line program (in which you will complete 30 coursework credits plus 17 work experience credits).  This means that you must have at least 73 college credit hours before starting the program.
  12. All students are required to complete the ASCP Board of Certification review course during the final semester of the program.

The only pre-requisite courses that are required for students who have completed a BS degree and who will not work in Tennessee are US/World History I and II for a total of six semester credits.  However, a strong coursework background in chemistry and biology is required and this will be evaluated by the faculty.


Program schedule

Students in our program complete two courses each eight weeks plus two courses in our summer session for a total of ten courses.  The curriculum includes courses in molecular diagnostics, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, laboratory management, urinalysis/body fluids, parasitology/mycology/virology, bacteriology, and a BOC review course.   All students complete the program as a cohort and must be enrolled full time. For information about semester dates, please consult the APSU Academic Calendar.  



Students can calculate the tuition for our program by using the online Tuition Estimator:  http://www.apsu.edu/bursar/tuition-calculator  All courses in the MLT to MT program are “D2L Online hours” for a total of 30 credits.  Additional costs for missing pre-requisite courses will apply and can also be calculated with the tuition estimator.  Please call the Bursar’s office to request further information on tuition costs for the e-rate.  (931) 221-6285.


Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal financial aid and each student is responsible for filing his or her own FAFSA. Students should contact the APSU Office of Financial Aid for additional information. 


MLT to MLS Program Coordinator

Jane Semler, MS, MT(ASCP)

Associate Professor

Email:  semlerj@apsu.edu

Office phone: 931-221-7796

Office:  Sundquist Science Complex A211



*Estimate based on 2016-2017 rates for the courses included in the 10-month MLT to MT program. For more information, please visit the Bursar's office page.