What Is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?
Medical laboratory science professionals, often called medical laboratorians, are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health).
They use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids, encompassing such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology. Medical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse.
Source: The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Career Center, How do I become a laboratory professional?, on the Internet at http://www.ascls.org/careers-ascls/how-do-i-become-a-laboratory-professional (visited March 4, 2019).
Description of Degree
The nationally accredited Medial Laboratory Science professional program at Dixie State University is an admission-limited, two-year course of study comprising a competency-based medical laboratory science curriculum that includes a capstone 16-week community-supported clinical internship, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree.
The MLS professional program is admission-limited meaning that, through a competitive application process, one cohort of 12-15 students is admitted to the professional program per year. The start date for the program is the first day of classes of the DSU fall semester.
DSU Tuition and Fees/MLS Program Costs
DSU tuition and fees are best estimated by consulting the DSU Tuition & Fees website here. Students should be aware that the Medical Laboratory Science Professional Program tuition students are charged is based on the base price of either resident or non-resident DSU tuition plus a $143.00 per credit tuition differential.
Professional Program Course of Study
Program students spend three semesters completing MLS-specific courses on the DSU campus.
MLS Professional Program Curriculum Map (Total Credits = 62)
|Fall 1st Term (15)||Spring 2nd Term (17)||Fall 3rd Term (14)||Spring 4th Term (16)|
|MLS 3312 Clinical Immunology (4)||MLS 3310 Immunohematology I (5)||MLS 4110 Laboratory Management & Education (2)||MLS 4330 Clinical Chemistry Practice (4)|
|MLS 3330 Clinical Chemistry (5)||MLS 3314 Diagnostic Microbiology I (5)||MLS 4200 Clinical Chemistry & Molecular Diagnostics (4)||MLS 4410 Blood Banking Practice (4)|
|MLS 3850 Urinalysis & Body Fluids (2)||MLS 3555 Research Seminar (2)||MLS 4400 Immunohematology II (4)||MLS 4414 Clinical Microbiology Practice (4)|
|MLS 4320 Hemostasis (4)||MLS 4300 Clinical Hematology (5)||MLS 4600 Diagnostic Microbiology II (4)||MLS 4423 Clinical Hematology Practice (4)|
Detailed course descriptions can be found here.
Upon successful completion of these courses, students are assigned to one or more program-affiliated medical laboratories to complete a semester-long clinical internship. During this internship, students spend 40-hours per week for sixteen weeks advancing their knowledge and skills performing a wide variety of medical lab tests in a contemporary accredited medical laboratory under the supervision of professionally credentialed Medical Laboratory Scientists. Currently, the program maintains affiliations with accredited laboratories in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.
Graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science: The Professional Program Requirements and Prerequisites
Students taking this program of study are required to meet certain health and safety standards. The following requirements are mandatory and must be completed by deadlines given upon program admission.
Screenings and certifications
- Background check (instructions sent upon program admission)
- Drug screen (instructions sent upon program admission)
- Hepatitis B: Proof of 3 vaccinations and a positive antibody titer (showing immunity/reactivity) demonstrated by a lab report
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
- TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): Proof of 1 vaccination administered within the past 10 years
- Varicella (chicken pox): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
- Tuberculosis (TB): Either of the following TB tests performed within the past 12 months is acceptable:
- Blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-SPOT.TB) with negative result
- Proof of two separate TB skin tests (administered at least 7 days apart and within 1-3 weeks of each other), both with negative result
- Influenza (seasonal flu): Proof of flu vaccine administered during the current flu season (September - March) or declination waiver signed by healthcare provider