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Medical Laboratory Science

Do you want to impact patient care through clinical diagnostic testing?

Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science combines the sciences of biology and chemistry with medicine and the clinical sciences to prepare you for a professional career as a medical laboratory scientist, also known as medical technologist.

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    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is offered in conjunction with Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. The program consists of two years of prerequisite courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts, a third year of liberal arts and professional courses in laboratory medicine, and a fourth year that integrates professional and clinical practicum courses at the Sinai Hospital campus. Unlike other programs in the state, SU's program includes a management practicum in the fourth year, preparing you for leadership positions.

    With a degree in Medical Laboratory Science, you will be qualified to work in all areas of the medical laboratory, including microbiology, chemistry, hematology, blood banking, immunology, and molecular diagnostics.

    You will also be prepared to take the national certification examination for medical laboratory scientists and to pursue graduate study in medical laboratory science or any of its related areas.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Demonstrate proficiency in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in the contemporary clinical laboratory.
    • Evaluate test systems and diagnostic algorithms in terms of diagnostic value, compliance outcomes, and cost-effectiveness.
    • Evaluate the results of laboratory analyses for accuracy and validity, and correlate laboratory data to disease processes.
    • Apply the principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services.
    • Exhibit the ethical and professional behaviors required within the healthcare delivery system.
    • Demonstrate skills in laboratory information systems that will enable timely, accurate, and confidential reporting of laboratory data.
    • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to consult with members of the healthcare team, to provide patient education and customer service, and to interact with external parties.
    • Use research design and practice skills to evaluate published studies and investigate clinical laboratory issues and problems.
    • Exhibit an understanding of the concepts and principles of laboratory management such as human resource management, finance, operations, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, critical pathways, and clinical decision-making.
    • Demonstrate understanding of education techniques and terminology to train and educate users and providers of laboratory services.
    • Seek national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Medical Laboratory Science program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Medical Laboratory Science?

    The Medical Laboratory Science degree is a versatile one that will prepare you to become a certified medical laboratory scientist qualified to work wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed, including hospital, private, research, industrial, biomedical, and forensic laboratories; pharmaceutical companies; and fertility centers. It can also prepare you for various careers in areas such as:

    • Infection control
    • Scientific and laboratory marketing, technical sales, and customer services
    • Laboratory information systems
    • Teaching, training, and consulting
    • Public Health
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar
    BIO 113 General Biology I
    BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory
    BIO 130 Anatomy & Physiology
    BIO 203 Microbiology
    BIO 217 Principles of Biochemistry
    BIO 230 Genetics
    BIO 320 Pathogenic Microbiology
    CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
    CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHEM 116S General Chemistry II SoLVE
    CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics
    MLS 210 Principles of Laboratory Science
    MLS 310 Hematology I
    MLS 310L Hematology I Laboratory
    MLS 320 Urinalysis and Body Fluids
    MLS 320L Urinalysis and Body Fluids Laboratory
    MLS 325 Clinical Chemistry I
    MLS 335 Clinical Laboratory Management
    MLS 338 Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics
    MLS 405 Transfusion Medicine
    MLS 410 Hematology II
    MLS 420 Clinical Microbiology
    MLS 425 Clinical Chemistry II
    MLS 430 Professional Research and Writing
    MLS 431 Clinical Chemistry Practicum
    MLS 432 Clinical Hematology Practicum
    MLS 433 Clinical Microbiology Practicum
    MLS 434 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum
    PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology


    Last Updated: 03/02/2016

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Categorical Certificate Training Program

    The Categorical Certificate Training Program is available for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, or related science. 

    Articulation Agreements

    Community College of Baltimore County, Associate of Applied Science, Medical Laboratory Technology: It is possible for students to transfer credits from CCBC that count in the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) and the medical laboratory science curriculum.

    Anne Arundel Community College, Associate of Applied Science, Medical Laboratory Technology: It is possible for students to transfer credits from AACC that count in the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) and the Medical Laboratory Science curriculum.

    Last Updated: 03/02/2016

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Medical Laboratory Science program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Medical Laboratory Scientist
• Molecular Biology Technologist
• Specialist in Blood Banking
• Point of Care Coordinator
• Infection Preventionist
• Laboratory Information Systems Specialist

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