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Medical Laboratory Science MLS

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Required Courses
General Education
BIOL 103 Biological Concepts 4
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy-Physiology 5
BIOL 108 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 286 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 300 Pathophysiology 3
CHEM 114 Intro to General Chemistry 4
CHEM 214 Fund of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 324 Fund of Biochemistry 3
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
COMM 221 Small Group Decision Making 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3
MATH 117 Contemporary Mathematics 4
Cultural Enrichment 9
Social Awareness 9
COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabul 1
COHP 101 The U.S. Health Care System 3
COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1
COHP 350 Statistics in Health Care 3
FSUS 100 1
* (first year only)
* Computer Competency
CLLS 101 Clinical Lab Science Orient 1
CLLS 122 Intro Specimen Collection 2
CLLS 123 Specimen Collection Lab 1
CLLS 216 Clinical Chemistry 3
CLLS 217 Clinical Chemistry Lab 1
CLLS 218 Body Fluid Analysis 1
CLLS 219 Hemostasis 1
CLLS 220 Body Fluid-Hemostasis Lab 1
CLLS 231 Hematology 2
CLLS 232 Hematology Lab 1
CLLS 236 Diagnostic Microbiology 2
CLLS 237 Diagnostic Micro Lab 2
CLLS 241 Virology-Mycology-Parasitology 2
CLLS 242 Virology-Mycology-Parasitology 1
CLLS 252 Intro Clinical Immunology 2
CLLS 253 Intro Clin Immunology Lab 1
CLLS 258 Immunohematology 2
CLLS 259 Immunohematology Lab 1
CLLS 356 Advanced Clinical Chemistry 2
CLLS 357 Adv Clinical Chemistry Lab 1
CLLS 431 Advanced Hematology 2
CLLS 432 Advanced Hematology Lab 1
CLLS 436 Advanced Diagnostic Microbio 2
CLLS 437 Adv Diagnostic Microbio Lab 2
CLLS 456 Simulated Laboratory for MLS 3
CLLS 458 Advanced Immunohematology 1
CLLS 459 Adv Immunohematology Lab 1
CLLS 465 Management Clinical Lab 3
CLLS 480 ClinicalTheory for MLS 1
CLLS 491 Clinical Experience for MT 10
CLLS 494 Mgmt Practice in Clin Lab Sci 1
COHP 450 Evidence-based Health Care 3
Total Minimum Credits 129

Why Choose Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical Laboratory Scientists perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Lab scientists work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results. The volume and sophistication of laboratory testing will increase as the population grows and lives longer. Physicians base about 70 percent of their diagnosis and treatment decisions on the results of laboratory testing.

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in such departments of the medical laboratory as the blood bank, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, serology and body fluid analysis under the supervision of a medical director.

The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with an internship in an affiliated laboratory.

The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS.) NAACLS can be contacted at the following: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. (773) 714-8880.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in the clinical laboratories in hospitals and medical centers; pharmaceutical industry in quality control, research and biotechnology; government crime labs, accreditation offices, environmental technology, veterinary medicine and lab information systems; humanitarian work in the Peace Corps, Project Hope and medical missionary workers. Many assume positions as laboratory directors and supervisors.

The average annual base salary of full-time medical technologists was $59,000 in 2013. Medical technologists who worked as laboratory supervisors and managers averaged $72,320. Salaries are increasing annually.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the university. To be qualified to enter the professional sequence of the program a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses or their equivalent: MATH 115 or MATH 117 (or have an ACT Math subscore of 24) and CHEM 114, CHEM 214, BIOL 205, and BIOL 108 or BIOL 286.

To assure students of a quality technical education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet or will have met the program's qualification criteria by the end of Spring semester are required to apply to the program's professional sequence between January 15 and January 30 of the year prior to the May or August professional sequence entry.   Admission will be based upon date of qualification.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each CLLS course, BIOL 205 and CHEM 214 or equivalent, and the COHP core courses. A minimum cumulative gpa of 2.5 is required.

Ferris offers an internship in the last semester of the program, although due to limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. If a student interrupts progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clincial placement sites.

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College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2270 or
1-800-462-8553 ext 2266

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