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2023-24 Catalog 
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Medical Laboratory Sciences (BS)

  • Program Prerequisite: Completion of MLS AAS Degree requirements. Students transferring from another college or university must have a MLS/MLT AAS Degree and/or CLT/MLT certification.
  • Minor: A minor is not required, but minors are available in chemistry and microbiology with successful completion of additional courses as specified by the department offering the minor.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “B-” or better in all MLS courses, and a grade of “C” or better in all support courses.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation.
  • Program Code: Medical Laboratory Professional (2039BS) with Lab Track (2040), or Pre-Professional Tracks (2041).
  • CIPC: Medical Laboratory Professional (511004) with Lab Track (511004), or Pre-Professional Tracks (511102).


All medical laboratory science students are required to meet with an advisor prior to application. Thereafter, advisement with a faculty each year is recommended. To schedule an advising appointment, call the MLS office at 801-626-6118.

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Admission Requirements

Campus students:

  1. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Must have completed WSU MLS AAS Program. Transfer students must have a MLS/MLT AAS Degree and/or CLT/MLT ASCP certification.
  3. Meet with an MLS faculty advisor.
  4. Apply for the BS program and include non-refundable $25 fee by April 1st for fall semester acceptance. Applications can be found online. For more information, call the MLS office at 801-626-6118.
  5. Complete a federal background check and drug screen by the end of fall semester after being accepted into the program. If students have completed a background check and drug screen when accepted into the WSU MLS AAS Program, this does not need to be repeated.
  6. Students for whom English is not their native language need to submit documentation of proficiency in English.  Please refer to the MLS website for more details.

Online students:

  1. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  2. Must be currently employed by an accredited (TJC/CAP/COLA/CLIA) laboratory that can provide a multidisciplinary laboratory experience.
  3. Must have a MLS/MLT AAS Degree and/or CLT/MLT certification. (Note: acceptable certification; MLT(ASCP), MT(AMT), or MT(AAB).)
  4. Contact the BS MLS online advisor, Christy Achter, at 801-626-6874 for advising.
  5. Have employer read and sign Statement of Support form.
  6. Apply to WSU for general admissions.
  7. Send all official transcripts from other institutions to the WSU admissions office.
  8. Complete a MLS BS online application. Submit a completed Statement of Support along with the application. A $95 non-refundable departmental application fee is also required.
  9. Complete a federal background check and drug screen, if required by employer.

For more information about the online application requirements process contact Christy Achter at 801-626-6874.

General Education Requirements

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following required courses will fulfill both program requirements and general education requirements in the Life and Physical Sciences areas: CHEM 1110 / 1115 , CHEM 1210 /1215 , HTHS 1110 , MICR 1113 , MICR 2054 , PHYS 1010 . Remaining general education requirements can be fulfilled by taking the required credit hours in the following areas:

  • 6 credit hours Composition
  • 3 credit hours Quantitative Literacy
  • 3 credit hours American Institutions
  • 9 credit hours Creative Arts & Humanities
  • 5-1.0 credit hours Computer Information Literacy
  • 6 credit hours Social Sciences
  • 3 credit hours Diversity

Some requirements may be met by ACT, CLEP, and/or AP scores as designated by the University (contact the Admissions Office for more information).

Credit Policy

MLS Obsolete Credit BS: Medical Laboratory Sciences credits earned more than five (5) years prior to application or re-application to the BS program (MLT) will not be accepted toward major requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge Goal: Demonstrate knowledge of theory underlying laboratory testing using analytical, interpretive, and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge Goal: Apply mathematical calculations to laboratory situations.
  • Laboratory Skill: Perform laboratory procedures from simple to complex, including specimen collection and processing, analysis, interpretation, and use of quality assurance procedures.
  • Laboratory Skill: Correlate laboratory theory and terminology to practical laboratory work.
  • Laboratory Skill: Gather additional laboratory data and apply problem solving skills to solve problems/discrepancies.
  • Diagnostic Skill: Relate laboratory findings to common disease processes.
  • Professionalism and Ethics: Demonstrate professional conduct and ethical behavior.
  • Communication Skill: Demonstrate effective communication skills and behaviors with colleagues in the program and in a laboratory setting.

Major Course Requirements for BS Degree


Transfer students must have completed a MLS/MLT program and be MLT certified to enter the BS program.

Courses Required for Junior and Senior Curriculum

Select one of the following tracks:

Track I (Laboratory professional)

Online and Campus students


* Students seeking a BS degree are required to complete a minimum of two semesters of Chemistry to include an Organic or Biochemistry course.

Track II (Pre-professional)

Campus students only


Equivalencies to Biomedical Core (HTHS 1110  and HTHS 1111 )