Play a Vital Role in Detecting, Diagnosing, and Treating Disease

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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:

  • Mircobiology
  • Hematology
  • Chemistry
  • Blood Banking
  • Immunology
  • 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:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Organizations
  • Research Laboratories
  • Industrial Laboratories
  • Biomedical Laboratories
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • and Fertility Centers

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Career Opportunities

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.

Courses

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

FYS 100First Year Seminar1 credit
BIO 112Principles of General Biology3 credits
or
BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics3 credits
BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics1 credit
BIO 203Microbiology4 credits
BIO 217Principles of Biochemistry3 credits
BIO 222Human Anatomy4 credits
BIO 230Genetics4 credits
BIO 322Human Physiology4 credits
CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving3 credits
or
CHEM 115General Chemistry I3 credits
CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 116General Chemistry II3 credits
CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1 credit
MATH 136Introduction to Statistics4 credits
MLS 210Principles of Laboratory Science3 credits
MLS 310Hematology I3 credits
MLS 310LHematology I Laboratory1 credit
MLS 311Communication and Cultural Competence in Health Care3 credits
MLS 315Clinical Mycology, Parasitology and Virology2 credits
MLS 320Urinalysis and Body Fluids2 credits
MLS 320LUrinalysis and Body Fluids Laboratory1 credit
MLS 325Clinical Chemistry I3 credits
MLS 325LClinical Chemistry I Lab1 credit
MLS 330Clinical Microbiology I3 credits
MLS 330LClinical Microbiology I Lab1 credit
MLS 335Clinical Laboratory Management3 credits
MLS 338Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics3 credits
MLS 338LMolecular and Immunologic Diagnostics Lab1 credit
MLS 405Transfusion Medicine4 credits
MLS 410Hematology II3 credits
MLS 420Clinical Microbiology II4 credits
MLS 425Clinical Chemistry II3 credits
MLS 430Professional Research and Writing4 credits
MLS 431Clinical Chemistry Practicum3 credits
MLS 432Clinical Hematology Practicum3 credits
MLS 433Clinical Microbiology Practicum3 credits
MLS 434Clinical Immunohematology Practicum3 credits
SCI 215Writing in the Sciences3 credits

Applications

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.

Transfer Plan

Military-trained, ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Technician (GWU METC)

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.

Other Options

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.

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Laboratory Tours

Featured Equipment

  • Binocular Light Microscopes
  • PCR Machines
  • Temperature-controlled Incubators
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus
  • Laptop Computers

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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.

Accreditation

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

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