Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program at ISU

Bachelor's Degree


Overview

The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science prepares students as medical laboratory scientists and for graduate level programs in medical laboratory science or related disciplines. Students develop a strong background in the broad areas of microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, hematology, transfusion medicine, biotechnology, and their medical and/or clinical applications. Medical Laboratory Science students gain the ability to carry out standard microbiological, molecular, biological and clinical techniques in the laboratory and to participate in research development, planning, and implementation. The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science prepares students to have a reasonable expectation of passing a national qualifying exam for the medical laboratory profession and prepares students to be qualified to work at the professional experience level in a variety of settings. Degree obtainment is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure exam. The pass rates for the ASCP exam were 86% in 2013, 80% in 2014, and 96% in 2015. In addition, in the last three years, 99% of students who began the final half of the MLS program graduated. And 100% of graduates in the last three years are employed in the field or in a closely related field and/or continued their education within one year of graduation. The General Education and Total University Credit Requirements must be met. See General Education Objectives for a B.S. degree. A minimum of 120 credits are required for graduation; 36 of these must be upper division credits.

Degree Requirements

Master's Degree


Overview

The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree is designed for either the practicing medical laboratory scientist (certified lab professional) or those students who wish to become certified and then go into leadership positions in administration, education or specialize in a certain area of pathology/laboratory medicine. Graduates are ideally suited for positions involving teaching, laboratory management, and research. Full-time and part-time options (with the approval of the program director) are available, and many courses are available online. A curriculum of course work and research project is designed and personalized for each student, depending on his/her area of interest and experience. The M.S. program in Clinical Laboratory Science requires an original research project that culminates in a thesis, a minimum of 32 credits earned in graduate courses (including research and thesis), and expertise in core conceptual areas of Medical Laboratory -Science scientific, administrative, or educational).

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Degree Requirements


IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

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