Medical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Science| College of Arts and Science
What is Medical Laboratory Science?
Medical laboratory scientists are members of the professional healthcare team. They apply their scientific background and skills to the performance and supervision of an everbroadening range of complex laboratory diagnostic and research activities. Course requirements for the B.S. with a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) major include an interdisciplinary blend of courses from chemistry, including general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry, molecular biology, zoology, microbiology, mathematics/statistics, and fulfillment of the Miami Plan requirements.
Upon graduation, medical laboratory scientists may opt to become generalists or to specialize within the medical laboratory in hematology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, molecular diagnostics, bacteriology, immunology, immunohematology, mycology, parasitology, or virology. The MLS major is also excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing additional professional education such as medical school, public health, forensics, doctoral graduate studies.
Students completing the MLS major are eligible to take the professional National Certification Examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology to become medical laboratory scientists, MLS(ASCP).
What are the features of Miami's program?
Miami's MLS program is called a "combined program" because it requires students to complete their clinical practicum (or internship year) at an institution that is formally affiliated with Miami University, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), and provides the professional internship year of lecture courses and laboratory rotations. For example, Miami University is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, Children's Hospital Medical Center (Akron, OH), Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Franciscan St. Francis Health (IN), Parkview Hospital (IN), University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, Saint Vincent's Medical Center (FL), and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The internship is a 12-month, 32-semester credit medical laboratory science series of courses and laboratory rotations to be completed at an affiliated training hospital.
In the past 10 years, Miami graduates' rate of passing the national MLS(ASCP) professional certification exam is higher than 97%; the national average is about 70%.
Miami students develop scientific, communication, and management skills essential in the MLS profession.
Are there special admission requirements?
There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
What courses would I take?
This program includes an interdisciplinary blend of classes in chemistry, microbiology, and zoology. The required courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, general biology, general microbiology, molecular biology, mathematics/statistics, and completion of a foreign language at second-year level.
What can I do with this major?
After becoming professionally certified, medical laboratory scientists generally work in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, public health laboratories, industrial laboratories, research institutions, teaching institutions, and in medical programs sponsored by such groups as the Peace Corps and Project Hope.