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Microbiology at Miami

Medical Laboratory Science Internship

A multidisciplinary blend of classes in chemistry, microbiology and biology are required for the B.S. in MLS. The required coursework includes a twelve-month, 32-credit (off campus) internship. This internship includes both lecture and laboratory rotations in toxicology, hematology, immunohematology, coagulation, parasitology, pathogenic bacteriology, virology, and clinical chemistry. Miami University is affiliated with 10 hospitals throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida, providing diverse laboratory experiences for MLS interns. Our medical laboratory affiliates include Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo Ohio, University of Cincinnati Hospitals, Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Wright State University, Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron, Ohio, Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, Kentucky, University of Louisville, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, The Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

The preinternship coursework is completed in either 3 or 4 years at Miami University. Thus, a student may be enrolled in the internship either during their senior year (i.e. following three years of pre-internship coursework at Miami, earning a B.S. degree), OR as a fifth year (i.e. following four years of pre-internship coursework at Miami), with the possibility of earning a double major. Upon completion of the internship program, the student takes a national board examination to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).

Note: The MLS internship (courses MBI 487, 488, and 489) fulfills the Miami Plan Capstone requirement.

3 years
(96 semester credits)
PLUS 1 year MLS internship =  B.S. in MLS


4 years
(128 semester credits)
PLUS 1 year MLS internship =  double major
(B.A. in Zoology, Chemistry,
or Microbiology
and a B.S. in MLS)


Either 3 OR 4 years PLUS 2 year MLS internship =  B.S. in MLS,
M.S. (graduate degree)

(upon completion
of 2nd year)