Medical Laboratory Science, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 35
    Credits
  • $341.00
    In-State
  • $341.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BSMLS) program is a degree advancement option (DAO) offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). This program provides working medical laboratory technicians/clinical laboratory technicians the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree while continuing to work in their home communities.

Students of the program gain skills to:

  • Analyze samples of blood, tissue and body fluids using cutting-edge technology
  • Operate, maintain and repair clinical instruments
  • Identify potentially harmful microorganisms in samples

UNMC works with each student to award credit earned through their MLT program and general education courses and through this program, students focus on the MLS coursework needed to earn a bachelor's degree to qualify to sit for the MLS boards.

Medical Laboratory Science, BS Degree Advancement Option (DAO) objectives:

  • Enable practicing medical laboratory professionals, currently registry-eligible or certified, to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Utilize distance learning technologies; providing access to education and the opportunity for technicians to continue to work in their profession while they complete their degree
  • Provide medical laboratory professionals with the opportunity to advance professionally and personally, develop independent-thinking and critical-judgment skills and become more flexible and competitive in today's healthcare environment

The Medical Laboratory Science, BS Degree Advancement Option (DAO) gives students the opportunity to work while advancing their education through a rigorous, well-respected program. Students complete coursework on a flexible schedule and graduate with the skills necessary to become medical and laboratory technologists or technicians.

The plan of study includes 35 hours of theory and practical application experiences gained through recorded lectures, assignments/exercises, virtual laboratory simulations and case studies. Coursework is completed independently or in small groups with faculty guidance. faculty advisors will work with students to select an appropriate schedule to complete their individualized plan of study.

Curriculum is coordinated by UNMC faculty from the Omaha campus and delivered online or coordinated via various distance learning technologies to students at distant clinical sites. All required courses must be completed with a minimum passing grade of 70% (C-) to meet program requirements for graduation.

Students will learn laboratory principles and procedures, clinical significance and application, principles and practice of quality assurance, principles of laboratory management and supervision, and more through the MLS program.

The program also focuses on patient-centered educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in:

  • Hematology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Immunohematology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular diagnostics and management

Career Outlook: The growing field of healthcare and advancements in technology has created a high-demand for professionals in medical laboratory science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Medical Scientists is projected to grow 16.9% in the U.S. by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Potential career paths include:

  • Forensic Laboratory Scientist
  • Health Professions Educator
  • Medical or Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical or Pharmaceutical Researcher

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Completed coursework

    Complete a minimum of 85 hours of specific college prerequisite courses (including the MLT coursework) prior to enrollment in the program. Present a C- or better for all 85 hours of prerequisite coursework.

  3. A written personal statement

    A narrative/essay stating your interest in completing an advanced degree, particularly stressing your professional goals and motivation for seeking the degree.

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Complete the MLT professional requirement in one of the following ways: graduate from a NAACLS accredited MLT/CLT program (MLT certification highly recommended), or complete a U.S. military sponsored medical laboratory procedures educational program (MLT certification highly recommended) or graduate from a non-NAACLS accredited MLS/CLS program with MLT certification. Include copies of your current ASCP and/or NCA certification with your application.

  6. Present a science GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and/or the most recently completed 20 biology/chemistry semester hours 2.5.

  7. Resume/Cover letter

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application. UNMC's College of Allied Health Professions has partnered with UniCAS, a central application service, to collect and manage applications for this program.
  2. Include supporting documents including: Current state licenses or certification for the state in which you are employed (if applicable), resume/cover letter and copies of your current ASCP and/or NCA certification
  3. Pay the $60 application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MLS 445Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum II 1
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical hematology/hemostasis, chemistry and urinalysis procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 444 Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I.
MLS 408Introduction to Clinical Hematology2
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures. Correlation of laboratory data with the diagnosis of erythrocyte, leukocyte and bleeding/clotting disorders will be introduced. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MLS or MLS DAO Program.
MLS 409Introduction to Medical Microbiology 2
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans. The course primarily focuses on bacteriology, but will include introductory coverage of parasitology, mycology and virology. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MLS or MLS DAO Program.
MLS 410Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis1
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of basic laboratory skills and methods in clinical chemistry and urinalysis. The course focuses on the correlation of laboratory data with the diagnosis of renal conditions, but will include introductory coverage of carbohydrate, liver and protein conditions, as well as enzymes. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MLS or MLS DAO Program.
MLS 411Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology1
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of immunohematology procedures required to provide compatible blood components for transfusion. Methods for collection, processing, storage and transfusion of blood and blood components will be presented. Immunohematology procedures that assist in the diagnosis and management of hemolytic conditions will be introduced. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MLS Program.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MLS 413Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology1
This course introduces the theory, practical application, and evaluation of laboratory procedures related to clinical endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders, toxicology disturbances and therapeutic drug monitoring is emphasized. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program, MLS 410.
MLS 414Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis I2
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of basic laboratory procedures introduced in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations and MLS 410 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis, with an emphasis on common automated methodologies used in clinical chemistry and urinalysis laboratories. This course will focus on the interpretation, evaluation and correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of carbohydrate, renal, hepatic, protein, cardiac, lipid/lipoprotein, major and minor electrolyte, enzyme, pancreatic-gastrointestinal and acid-base disorders. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program, MLS 407, MLS 410.
MLS 416Clinical Hematology2
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures introduced in MLS 408 Introduction to Clinical Hematology and of basic laboratory skills in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of erythrocyte, leukocyte and bleeding/clotting disorders will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program, MLS 407, MLS 408.
MLS 418Clinical Microbiology I2
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans introduced in MLS 409 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology and of basic laboratory skills in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations. The course primarily focuses on bacteriology, but will include coverage of parasitology, mycology and virology. Course content emphasizes the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient's diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program, MLS 407, MLS 409.
MLS 420Clinical Immunology, Serology and Molecular Diagnostics2
This course includes the theory, practical application, and evaluation of immunological components and infectious disease serology. The principles and methodologies used in the assessment of immunologically related disorders, including hypersensitivity reactions, autoimmune, immunoproliferative, immunodeficient disorders and infectious disease are included. The course emphasizes the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient's diagnosis and treatment. The theory and application of molecular diagnostic tools, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), nucleic acid probes, and microarrays are also addressed. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program.
MLS 422Clinical Immunohematology I2
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of immunohematology procedures introduced in MLS 411 Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology and of basic laboratory skills in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations. The primary focus will be on processes required to provide compatible blood components for transfusion. Processes for donor blood collection and blood component processing and storage will be discussed. Immunohematology procedures that assist in the diagnosis and management of hemolytic conditions will be addressed. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program, MLS 407, MLS 411.
MLS 430Clinical Laboratory Management I 2
This course introduces the theory, practical application and evaluation of laboratory management principles in healthcare, including safety, research, educational methodology, quality control, ethics, laboratory operations, point-of-care testing, scope of practice, and the job application process. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem-solving, research, communication, professionalism, management and leadership skills are provided. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS or MLS DAO Program.
MLS 442Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I 1
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical immunohematology procedures and preparation of blood components. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations and MLS 411 Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS Program, MLS 407, MLS 411, MLS 422.
MLS 444Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I 1
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical hematology/hemostasis, chemistry and urinalysis procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures and the application of automation and automatic verification techniques, building on the skills and procedures presented in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations, MLS 408 Introduction to Clinical Hematology and MLS 410 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS Program, MLS 407, MLS 408, MLS 410, and concurrent enrollment or successful completion of MLS 414 and MLS 416.
MLS 448Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I1
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical microbiology procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations and MLS 409 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MLS Program, MLS 407, MLS 409 and concurrent enrollment or successful completion of MLS 418.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$341.00
Fees
$41.25
Total
$382.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1023.00
Fees
$123.75
Total
$1146.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$341.00
Fees
$41.25
Total
$382.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1023.00
Fees
$123.75
Total
$1146.75

Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Allied Health Professions charges a $155 Technology Fee and $50 Registration Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

Karen Honeycutt, M.Ed., MASCP, MLS (ASCP)CM SMCM
Program Director & Associate Professor

Karen Honeycutt’s research interests include effective and efficient educational methodologies, computer-based and multimedia educational platforms and incorporation of professionalism in CLS education. She serves on many boards including the National Microbiology Examination Committee ASCP Board and has received multiple honors, recently winning the Clarence and Nelle Gilg Professorship for Teaching Excellence in Innovation in Allied Health, 2016.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterMar 01