Redefining the Classroom

Welcome to the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) major!

Medical Laboratory Science students practicing techniques for counting bacteria

Medical Laboratory Science students practicing techniques for counting bacteria

By completing the coursework required for this major, completing a clinical experience, and passing the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam, you will become a certified medical laboratory scientist.

Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on blood, urine, stool, cerebrospinal fluid, joint fluid, and other types of specimens to gain information about the specimen donor’s health. Medical laboratory scientists oversee all steps of the testing process, from collection of the specimen to reporting results. They understand the physiology and the principles behind the tests they perform; they can troubleshoot methods, interpret results, and advise other members of the patient care team as to the most appropriate test to choose. Medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, in independent clinical laboratories, in veterinary laboratories, in state health departments, and in research laboratories.

LSSU’s Medical Laboratory Science program has two concentrations: Academic and Clinical

  Academic Concentration Clinical Concentration
Duration (total) 4 years 4 ½ years
Certification Exam eligibility (upon graduation) No Yes
Admission All who are accepted to LSSU Competitive
Curriculum All classroom lectures and labs 4 years of classroom lectures and labs + 6 months clinical experience

NOTE: A complete list of course requirements for both concentrations may be found in the Academic catalog.

  • Academic Concentration

    Medical Laboratory Science students practicing techniques for counting bacteria.Microbiology students practicing techniques for counting bacteria

    The Academic Concentration is designed to be completed in four years. When you finish the Academic Concentration you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, but you will not be eligible to take the Board of Certification exam. If you want to take the certification exam after completing LSSU’s MLS - Academic Concentration, you must first be accepted into, and complete, a six- to twelve-month clinical experience at an independent hospital-based MLS program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). There are four such programs in the state of Michigan, located at:

    • DMC University Laboratories (Detroit)
    • St. John Providence Health Laboratories (Detroit/Grosse Pointe)
    • Hurley Medical Center (Flint)
    • Beaumont Health System (Royal Oak)

    LSSU cannot guarantee acceptance into any of the hospital-based programs. While completing this clinical experience, you are not an LSSU student (you have already graduated), and you do not pay LSSU tuition (some hospital programs charge their own tuition; some do not).

  • Clinical Concentration

    Medical Laboratory Science students in last fall's independent study parasitology course examining the eggs of parasitic worms.Medical Laboratory Science students examining the eggs of parasitic worms

    The Clinical Concentration is designed to be completed in four and a half years. When you finish the Clinical Concentration you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and you will be eligible to take the Board of Certification exam. That is because the last six months of the Clinical Concentration consist of a clinical experience at one of our Clinical Affiliate partner hospital labs: you will spend each day in a real-life hospital laboratory practicing tests on that hospital’s equipment on real-life patient specimens. Because our Clinical Affiliates can accommodate only a limited number of students each year, admission into the Clinical Concentration is by competitive application at the end of your junior year.

    Entry into and completion of MLS - Clinical Concentration

    All students wishing to major in Medical Laboratory Science must begin by declaring the MLS-Academic Concentration as their major.

    The course requirements for the first three years of the Academic Concentration and the first three years of the Clinical Concentration are exactly the same.

    In the final half of their junior year, students wishing to enter the Clinical Concentration submit an application packet to the Program Director (details in the Student Handbook). Students who are accepted switch at that time from the Academic Concentration to the Clinical Concentration and finish the last 1½ years according to the course requirements of the Clinical Concentration. Students who do not apply to or who are not accepted into the Clinical Concentration finish the last 1 year according to the course requirements of the Academic Concentration.

    Clinical Concentration: Student Handbook