Medical Laboratory Science, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    43
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $322.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $322.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The future of health care requires competent, well-trained professionals to assure the delivery of cost-effective, high-quality care. The University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science degree advancement option offers an exciting opportunity for clinical laboratory technicians (CLTs) and medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science online. 

The Medical Laboratory Science degree advancement option is available through distance education technology and can be completed on a part-time basis by practicing laboratory professionals. The online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree advancement option allows working CLT/MLTs the opportunity to advance their education. Qualified candidates work with an adviser to develop an individual plan of study that tailors the student’s clinical and educational background with his or her professional goals. 

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this program is also accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Karen Honeycutt, Med, MASCP, MLS (ASCP)CM SMCM
Program Director & Associate Professor

Karen Honeycutt has won numerous awards in teaching and in the field of medical laboratory science. In 2016, she won the Clarence & Nelle Gilg Professorship for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in Allied Health. Honeycutt's research interests include effective and efficient educational methodologies, computer-based and multimedia education platforms and incorporation of professionalism in CLS education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed coursework

    Complete a minimum of 77 semester credit hours of specific college prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the program. Present a minimum of 11 semester credit hours from a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Up to 66 semester credit hours may be transferred from a community college. Request information or call to speak with an adviser about transfer credit or meeting these program prerequisites.

  2. Graduate from a NAACLS- accredited MLT/CLT program and be ASCP certified or certification-eligible

  3. Present a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a math & science GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

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:

  • Complete the online application
  • Send supporting documents through mail
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
February 1
Spring Semester
September 30

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 Clinical Laboratory Science degree.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CLS 408Introduction to Hematology2

Course Number: CLS 408

This course introduces 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 of erythrocyte, leukocyte and bleeding/clotting disorders. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 409Introduction to Microbiology2

Course Number: CLS 409

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 focuses on bacteriology, emphasizing the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 410Introduction to Chemistry and Urinalysis2

Course Number: CLS 410

This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of basic laboratory skills and methods in clinical chemistry and urinalysis. Correlation of laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of carbohydrate, renal, liver, protein, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances is emphasized. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 411Introduction to Immunohematology1

Course Number: CLS 411

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. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 412Clinical Laboratory Science Theory, Application and Correlation5

Course Number: CLS 412

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 CLS Program

CLS 413Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology1

Course Number: CLS 413

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 414Clinical Chemistry I2

Course Number: CLS 414

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 415Clinical Chemistry II3

Course Number: CLS 415

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 416Clinical Hematology I2

Course Number: CLS 416

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 417Clinical Hematology II3

Course Number: CLS 417

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 418Clinical Microbiology I2

Course Number: CLS 418

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 419Clinical Microbiology II4

Course Number: CLS 419

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 420Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics2

Course Number: CLS 420

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 422Clinical Immunohematology I2

Course Number: CLS 422

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 423Clinical Immunohematology II3

Course Number: CLS 423

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 424Phlebotomy1

Course Number: CLS 424

This course includes the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of procedures used in collecting, handling and processing blood specimens. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 426Urine and Body Fluid Analysis1

Course Number: CLS 426

This course includes the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of procedures used in the analysis of urine and other body fluids, including cerebrospinal, synovial, serous, seminal, amniotic and feces. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 430Clinical Laboratory Management I2

Course Number: CLS 430

This course includes the theory, practical application, and evaluation of laboratory management principles and associated models in healthcare and laboratory information systems, research, educational methodology, quality control, ethics, laboratory operations and scope of practice. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, communication, research, professionalism, management and leadership skills are provided. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the CLS program or instructor permission.

CLS 431Clinical Laboratory Management II3

Course Number: CLS 431

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 CLS program or instructor permission.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $322.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $363.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $966.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1089.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $322.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $363.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $966.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1089.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Allied Health Professions charges a $100 Technology Fee and $50 Registration Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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