Medical Laboratory Science, BS
Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science
Why Pursue This Program
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. 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, through this program students focus on MLS coursework needed to earn a bachelor's degree and become prepared 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 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 the coursework on a flexible schedule and graduate well-equipped with the skills necessary to become medical and laboratory technologists or technicians.
How it works: UNMC works to award you the credit you have earned in your MLT program and general education courses so you can focus on the MLS coursework you need to earn your bachelor's degree and prepare to sit for the MLS boards. 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. The faculty advisor will work with the student to select an appropriate schedule to complete their specific plan of study.
Curriculum (all course descriptions) is coordinated by the 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:
- Clinical chemistry
- Molecular diagnostics and management
Career outlook: Strong growth is projected for these fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry is expected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Students who graduate from this program have the ability to focus on advanced theory and problem solving as well as the ability to advance in their current career and keep up with new technologies.
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.