Play a Vital Role in Detecting, Diagnosing, and Treating Disease
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Stevenson’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science combines the sciences of biology and chemistry with medicine and the clinical sciences to prepare graduates for a professional career as a medical laboratory scientist, also known as medical technologist. Students will learn from faculty who are working professionals in their field of expertise and will benefit from personal attention in small class sizes of select students who are passionate about becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Our graduates will be able to apply biology, chemistry, and medicine to perform and interpret laboratory data that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as disease monitoring and prevention to assist in making life-saving decisions in the field. As our population grows older, there is an increasing demand for more testing as medical knowledge expands into biogenetics, DNA and cell marker technologies, and personalized medicine. As a critical shortage of medical laboratory scientists continues nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 12,900 MLS job openings between 2016-2026, however the number of certified MLS graduates are only approximately 3,500 per year.
Our students will have the opportunity to participate in a semester-long clinical practicum in their senior year to develop competency in all areas of a modern hospital laboratory, including:
- Blood Banking
- and Molecular Diagnostics
100% of our graduates obtain full-time employment or continue to post-graduation education and are currently employed in many area hospitals such as Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program will:
- 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.
- Communicate effectively orally, in writing, and through laboratory information systems in order to consult with members of the healthcare team, to provide patient education and customer service, and to interact with external parties.
Connection to Career
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to become a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP), and because our degree is so versatile, it will prepare you to become a certified medical laboratory scientist qualified to work wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed, including:
- Private Organizations
- Research Laboratories
- Industrial Laboratories
- Biomedical Laboratories
- Forensic Laboratories
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- and Fertility Centers
Study Medical Laboratory Science at Stevenson
Career Paths for Medical Laboratory Science Majors
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
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Career Connection Center.
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.
|FYS 100||First Year Seminar||1 credit|
|BIO 112||Principles of General Biology||3 credits|
|BIO 113||General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics||3 credits|
|BIO 113L||General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics||1 credit|
|BIO 203||Microbiology||4 credits|
|BIO 217||Principles of Biochemistry||3 credits|
|BIO 222||Human Anatomy||4 credits|
|BIO 230||Genetics||4 credits|
|BIO 322||Human Physiology||4 credits|
|CHEM 114||General Chemistry I with Problem Solving||3 credits|
|CHEM 115||General Chemistry I||3 credits|
|CHEM 115L||General Chemistry I Laboratory||1 credit|
|CHEM 116||General Chemistry II||3 credits|
|CHEM 116L||General Chemistry II Laboratory||1 credit|
|MATH 136||Introduction to Statistics||4 credits|
|MLS 210||Principles of Laboratory Science||3 credits|
|MLS 310||Hematology I||3 credits|
|MLS 310L||Hematology I Laboratory||1 credit|
|MLS 311||Communication and Cultural Competence in Health Care||3 credits|
|MLS 315||Clinical Mycology, Parasitology and Virology||2 credits|
|MLS 320||Urinalysis and Body Fluids||2 credits|
|MLS 320L||Urinalysis and Body Fluids Laboratory||1 credit|
|MLS 325||Clinical Chemistry I||3 credits|
|MLS 325L||Clinical Chemistry I Lab||1 credit|
|MLS 330||Clinical Microbiology I||3 credits|
|MLS 330L||Clinical Microbiology I Lab||1 credit|
|MLS 335||Clinical Laboratory Management||3 credits|
|MLS 338||Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics||3 credits|
|MLS 338L||Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics Lab||1 credit|
|MLS 405||Transfusion Medicine||4 credits|
|MLS 410||Hematology II||3 credits|
|MLS 420||Clinical Microbiology II||4 credits|
|MLS 425||Clinical Chemistry II||3 credits|
|MLS 430||Professional Research and Writing||4 credits|
|MLS 431||Clinical Chemistry Practicum||3 credits|
|MLS 432||Clinical Hematology Practicum||3 credits|
|MLS 433||Clinical Microbiology Practicum||3 credits|
|MLS 434||Clinical Immunohematology Practicum||3 credits|
|SCI 215||Writing in the Sciences||3 credits|
Minors and Other Options
Minor in Medical Laboratory Science
The discipline minor in Medical Laboratory Science requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits of courses with a MLS designation. Senior level (400-level) MLS courses are not eligible for this minor. Depending on the courses taken, students may partially fulfill the requirements for categorical certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). See the Program Coordinator for further information regarding this minor. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.
Categorical Certificate Training Program– Available for students who may want to become certified as a technologist in a laboratory discipline to be eligible for employment in the clinical laboratory. Requirements for this training program can be satisfied by pursing the minor in Medical Laboratory Science. Please see the Program Coordinator for further information regarding this certificate program.
Articulation Agreements– It is possible for students to transfer credits from programs that count in the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) and the Medical Laboratory Science curriculum.
- Binocular Light Microscopes
- PCR Machines
- Temperature-controlled Incubators
- Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus
- Laptop Computers
- MLS Application: Transfer Student
- Courses in Progress Form
- Instructions: Transfer Student
2nd BS Degree
Categorical Certificate Program
- Application: Categorical Certificate Program
- Courses in Progress Form
- Information and Instructions: Categorical Certificate Program
MLT(ASCP)CM Transfer Students: AACC / CCBC / HCC
Medical Laboratory Science Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program of Sinai Hospital and Stevenson University is to provide the academic and applied science education to graduate ethical, certified entry-level medical laboratory scientists. As professionals, they will provide service, research and leadership in a rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery system. The program strives to create an environment that nurtures Medical Laboratory Science as a unique and highly specialized profession.
The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited through April, 2030 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 North River Road, Suite 72; 60018-5119; 773-714-8880; http://www.naacls.org