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. 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: 

  • Hematology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Immunohematology
  • Immunology
  • 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.

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

Course Information

Course offerings are subject to change based on instructor availability, enrollment, and technology. Time to Completion - Students are allowed up to five years to complete the degree advancement option. Graduation - Upon successful completion of all requirements by the deadline dates set by the program, graduates of the online bachelor of science in clinical laboratory science degree advancement option are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremonies in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree.

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 415Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis II 3
This course incorporates advanced theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of carbohydrate, renal, liver, cardiac, lipid, protein, pancreatic and endocrine disorders, as well as acid-base and electrolyte disturbances is emphasized. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 418Clinical Microbiology I2
This course includes the introduction to the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans. This course focuses on bacteriology and emphasizes the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 449Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum II1
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 448 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I.
MLS 420Clinical Immunology/Molecular2
This course includes the theory, practical application and evaluation of immunological components, principles and methodologies used in the assessment of immunologically related disorders, including hypersensitivity reactions, autoimmune, immunoproliferative and immunodeficiency disorders. Theory and application of molecular diagnostic tools, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), nucleic acid probes, and microarrays are also addressed. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 417Clinical Hematology II3
This course incorporates advanced theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures. There is an emphasis on the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of anemia, leukemia and bleeding/clotting disorders. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 443Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum II 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 procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 442 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I.
MLS 423Clinical Immunohematology II3
This course incorporated advanced theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of immunohematology procedures required for transfusion of blood and blood components and for handling and storage of blood and blood components. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 416Clinical Hematology I2
This course includes the introduction to the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures. There is an emphasis on the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of anemia, leukemia and bleeding/clotting disorders. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 431Clinical Laboratory Management II3
This course, a continuation of Clinical Laboratory Management I, includes the theory, practical application and evaluation of laboratory management principles and associated models in compliance and regulatory issues, human resource management, written and oral communication, method evaluation, educational methodology, research, professionalism, cultural competency, test utilization, laboratory quality and financial resources. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, communication, research, professionalism, management and leadership skills are provided. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 413Clinical Endocrinology/Toxicology1
This course introduces the theory, practical application and evaluation of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders, toxicology disturbances and therapeutic drug monitoring is emphasized. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
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.
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.
MLS 419Clinical Microbiology II4
This course incorporates advanced theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans. This course includes bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology and serology, and emphasizes the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient's diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 414Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis I2
This course includes the introduction to the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of carbohydrate, renal, liver, cardiac, lipid, protein and pancreatic disorders, as well as acid-base and electrolyte disturbances, is emphasized. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
MLS 412Clinical Lab Theory, Application and Correlation5
This course includes the application, evaluation and correlation of laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of common disease states. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, oral communication, professionalism, and teamwork skills are provided in small group clinical case discussions and presentations. Prerequisites: Must be taken final semester of MLS Program
MLS 422Clinical Immunohematology I2
This course includes the introduction to the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of immunohematology procedures required for transfusion of blood and blood components, management of Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn and for handling and storage of blood and blood components. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MLS program or instructor permission.
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.

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
  • Spring SemesterOct 06