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Medical Laboratory Science: Concentration MLT to MLS

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Why study MLT to MLS

Nationally certified MLT professionals who possess a two year Associates or Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and have two years full time work experience are eligible for this degree program.  By completing this degree, students advance their career to the 4-year Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s degree and are eligible for  Medical Laboratory Science certification. The program is also open to MLS/MT professionals who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science as a second degree.

The BSMLS concentration in MLT to MLS is a bridge program that transitions MLT professionals holding an AS or AAS degree to a 4-year BSMLS degree. This 100% online program allows candidates with MLT certification and 2 years work experience to complete a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and certify as MLS professionals.

MLT professionals in this program complete a 100% online, accelerated MLS degree program that awards credit for previous work experience. Students complete a Bachelor’s Degree in 11 months.  This concentration boasts a low student to faculty ratio (<1:10), which provides an effective learning environment for students, and a capstone course to prepare students for the MLS certification exam.  

Medical Laboratory Science degrees are taught by board certified medical laboratory science professionals with expertise in areas such as clinical chemistry, diagnostic microbiology, blood banking, immunology, hematology, urinalysis, and laboratory management. Dedicated medical laboratory science program faculty are focused on online student education and a quick educational transition for working medical laboratory professionals.

What will I Learn


Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Medical Laboratory Science: MLT to MLS Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

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Meet Julie Harris

"APSU's Medical Laboratory Science program has greatly impacted my career path – not only am I a better laboratory scientist, I have turned into a better leader. My experience at APSU has allowed me to gain the courage to continue my education at the Masters level."