Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is to prepare students to become competent and professional medical laboratory science practitioners. Graduates will have mastered entry-level competencies upon graduation that will ensure successful passing scores on national certification exams.
The program meets the educational eligibility criteria for a national board exam for medical laboratory science/medical technology as well as state licensure. Both completion of the degree program and certification by the national board will meet licensure requirements by the State of Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel. We are unable to confirm licensure and/or certification requirements of other states. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.
The program is nationally accredited by the NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) and is licensed by the Florida Department of Health Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel as a training program.
The MLS program is limited access requiring a separate application and acceptance due to clinical training in approved affiliated clinical laboratories outside of campus. The program is university-based 2+2 with extensive student laboratory sessions in a highly technical student laboratory and 18 week clinical assignments in clinical laboratories. Currently the program has affiliations with the Florida Hospitals/Adventist Health in Central Florida and Eustis, Orlando Health facilities, HCA hospitals in Sanford and Osceola, the VA Hospitals of Orlando and North Florida, Flagler Hospital, South Lake Hospital in Clermont, and Health Central in Ocoee.
The MLS program offers courses, laboratory sessions and clinical training in five diagnostic areas: clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, clinical microbiology and immunology. MLS graduates have opportunities to work in some of the highest caliber hospitals, research facilities and diagnostic centers in the country. Program curriculum gives students a thorough background in the physical and biological sciences, theory and technical skills to perform high complexity laboratory testing and knowledge essential to assume leadership roles in management and education.
To earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences, students must achieve a 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 2.7 GPA in the science core to qualify for acceptance into the program and successfully complete an interview. Students must also maintain 2.5 GPA in all MLS courses. The degree is awarded upon completion of the university’s didactic and clinical program.