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Medical Laboratory Science: Concentration MLT to MLS

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Why study Medical Laboratory Science: Concentration  MLT to MLS at APSU?

Transition from MLT to MLS/MT in as few as 11 months with credit for work experience in a 100% online program! Laboratory professionals who earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science enjoy greater opportunities for career advancement; increased earning potential; and career opportunities such as management, research, forensics, laboratory information systems, and technical service and sales positions. Our graduates have been accepted to medical school, physician assistant programs, and other graduate degrees. Our low faculty to student ratio (approximately 1:15) provides ample support for online learning.


What will I learn?

Students in our program complete two courses each eight weeks plus two courses in our summer session for a total of ten courses (30 semester credit hours).  The curriculum includes molecular diagnostics, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, laboratory management, urinalysis/body fluids, parasitology/mycology/virology, bacteriology, and a Board of Certification review course. 

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. This program requires specific prerequisite courses which are detailed on the sample 4-year plan. In addition to the general education core which is required for all students, specific program prerequisites include: BIOL 2010/11 Human anatomy and physiology, CHEM 1110/11 General chemistry, BIOL 2300/01 microbiology, MATH 1710/1730/ or 1530, and approximately 28 semester credit hours MLT transfer coursework from a NAACLS accredited program. Due to MT licensure requirements in the state of Tennessee, additional biology and chemistry prerequisites are required for residents of Tennessee.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science are encouraged to join the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Student Forum which can be found on the University’s PeayLink website.  The APSU MLS program also offers the Robert T. Crews Scholarship annually.  All students who have been accepted to the MLS program may apply. Please see our web site for further information on this scholarship.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include directed research with MLS faculty.

What Do Medical Laboratory Science: Concentration MLT to MLS Majors Do After Graduation?

Upon completion of the MLT to MLS program, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification exams offered by the ASCP Board of Certification and by AMT.  Medical Laboratory Scientists work in hospital laboratories, forensic science, toxicology, public health, transplant/transfusion service, fertility clinics, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, veterinary diagnostics, quality control, laboratory information systems, technical service and instrument sales. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees or enter medical school, physician assistant, and other healthcare professional degree programs. 


                          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 has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  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."