Medical Laboratory Science, BS

  

Program Description

Dixie State University offers a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree. During the first two years or pre-professional phase of study a student completes a minimum of 58 semester hours of coursework. The coursework includes but is not limited to: a) general education courses, including a statistic course; b) biology requisites that must include a course in microbiology and courses in human anatomy and physiology; and c) cognates in chemistry. After completion of the pre-professional phase of study and, through a competitive application process, a student may be selected to enter the final two years of study or the MLS professional program to which one cohort of 12-15 students is admitted per year. Admitted students spend three semesters completing MLS-specific courses on the DSU campus. Upon successful completion of these courses, students are then assigned to one or more program-affiliated medical laboratories to complete a semester-long clinical internship. Program graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national board certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


Certification

Graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.


Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted at:

NAACLS
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880
www.naacls.org


Admission Requirements

For admission requirements into the Medical Laboratory Science program, visit the website (following this link will take you out of the University Catalog).


Program Curriculum

120-122 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
MLS Prerequisite Courses
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
Chemistry Requirement:10-15
10 Credits of Chemistry: 5 credits in Elementary General Chemistry with lab and 5 credits in Elementary Organic/Biochemistry with lab
OR
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
and Elem Organic / Bio Chemistry
and Elem Organic/Bio Chemistry Lab
OR
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
and Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
and Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
COMM 1020Public Speaking3
or COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
or STAT 2040 Business Statistics
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)4
Highly Recommended:
Introduction to Immunology (Not Required, Prerequisites: BIOL 3010 and BIOL 3040 and CHEM 3510)

Please see the department website for information on admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program. 

MLS Core Requirements
MLS 3310 Immunohematology I5
MLS 3312Clinical Immunology4
MLS 3314Diagnostic Microbiology I5
MLS 3330 Clinical Chemistry5
MLS 3555Research Seminar2
MLS 3850Urinalysis and Body Fluids2
MLS 4110Laboratory Management/Edu2
MLS 4200Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics4
MLS 4300Clinical Hematology5
MLS 4320Hemostasis4
MLS 4330Clinical Chemistry Practice (ALPP)4
MLS 4400Immunohematology II4
MLS 4410Blood Banking Practice (ALPP)4
MLS 4414Clinical Microbiology Practice (ALPP)4
MLS 4423Clinical Hematology Practice4
MLS 4600Diagnostic Microbiology II4

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above)
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above)
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Complete MLS professional program requirements
    1. Meet Essential Requirements
    2. 80% or higher for all MLS courses
    3. Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher in MLS core courses.
    4. Complete clinical training

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
COMM 2110
Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)
or Public Speaking
3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
5
General Elective 1
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours13
Spring Semester
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
Elem Organic / Bio Chemistry
and Elem Organic/Bio Chemistry Lab
5
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
MLS 3312 Clinical Immunology 4
MLS 3314 Diagnostic Microbiology I 5
MLS 3850 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2
MLS 4320 Hemostasis 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
MLS 3310 Immunohematology I 5
MLS 3330 Clinical Chemistry 5
MLS 3555 Research Seminar 2
MLS 4300 Clinical Hematology 5
 Hours17
4th Year
Fall Semester
MLS 4110 Laboratory Management/Edu 2
MLS 4200 Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics 4
MLS 4400 Immunohematology II 4
MLS 4600 Diagnostic Microbiology II 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
MLS 4330 Clinical Chemistry Practice (ALPP) 4
MLS 4410 Blood Banking Practice (ALPP) 4
MLS 4414 Clinical Microbiology Practice (ALPP) 4
MLS 4423 Clinical Hematology Practice 4
 Hours16
 Total Hours120

Medical Laboratory Science Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Perform a full range of testing encompassing the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of contemporary laboratory services in areas that include clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, urine and body fluid analysis, and emerging diagnostics.
  2. Apply management concepts and leadership skills, taking responsibility for analysis and decision-making, and the effective communication of valid test information wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed.
  3. Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms.
  4. Employ relevant experience in research design and practice.
  5. Demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes, principles of lawful conduct, and commitment to continuing professional development necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community. 
  6. Adhere to safety, governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice.
  7. Project an image of professionalism, respect the feelings and needs of others, protect the confidence of patient information, and never allow personal concerns and biases to interfere with the welfare of patients nor the work of colleagues and members of the healthcare team caring for patients.