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The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree program in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is to provide the community with cognizant and adept scientists capable of performing a wide array of laboratory testing as well as interpret and analyze the results of such testing in the diagnosis of human disease.

School
School of Health Professions
Career
Medical Laboratory Scientist, Lab Technologist, Medical Technologist
Program Contacts

History

The Medical Laboratory Science Program was developed to meet the changing needs of the medical hospital laboratory. Since its inception in 1951 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the program has graduated more than 600 clinical scientists. In 1997, the program became part of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Purpose

The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree program in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is to provide the community with cognizant and adept scientists capable of competing in today’s progressive job market. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful in the MLS profession. They will be able to perform a wide array of laboratory testing as well as interpret and analyze the results of such testing in the diagnosis of human disease.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the following minimum requirements for admission to the MLS bachelor's degree program:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  2. Completion of the following general education requirements and program prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better:
    • MLSC 1310L: Introduction to Laboratory Methods (1 credit hour)
    • MLSC 1110: Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences (1 credit hour)
    • Ethics/Philosophy elective: (3 credit hours)
    • Social/Behavioral Science electives: (6 credit hours)
    • Humanities elective: (3 credit hours)
    • CHEM 2310: General Organic Chemistry I (3 credit hours)
    • CHEM 1316L: General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit hour)
    • CHEM 1316: General Chemistry II (3 credit hours)
    • CHEM 1315L: General Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit hour)
    • CHEM 1315: General Chemistry I (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 2325L: Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory (1 credit hour)
    • BIOL 2325: Fundamentals of Microbiology (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 2311L: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1 credit hour)
    • BIOL 2311: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 2310L: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 credit hour)
    • BIOL 2310: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 1315L: General Biology I Lab (1 credit hour)
    • BIOL 1315: General Biology I (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 2000 Level (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 1315: College Algebra (3 credit hours)
    • COMM 2310: Professional Interpersonal Communication (3 credit hours)
    • THEO 1310: Introduction to Theology (3 credit hours)
    • WRIT 1311: College Writing II (3 credit hours)
    • WRIT 1310: College Writing I (3 credit hours)
    • ACSM 1110: Academic Seminar (1 credit hour)

Enrollment

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University applications for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program are due on or before March 15th each academic year. Class size is determined by the availability of clinical sites.

Length of Program

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science consists of 123 total credit hours. The core curriculum and program prerequisites are designed to be completed in a 2-year period. The MLS program coursework/clinical portion of the program is set up to be completed within 2 years.

Application Procedure

Applications are issued with the approval of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. If you have questions contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700.

Admission Process

Entrance into the MLS program is competitive, and the academic coursework within the clinical program itself is very demanding. The prerequisite general education requirements provide a necessary academic foundation. The applicant’s performance in such prerequisite coursework is an indicator of the applicant’s potential for success within the clinical program. Priority is given to applicants who have completed the prerequisite coursework at a level which indicates their potential for success in the program, and who have provided evidence of understanding the demands of the profession.

The WIHP Option (Walk into Health Professions)

Students who exclusively take all prerequisite courses toward one of the health professions’ programs at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, who have a grade point average of 3.0 on all prerequisite coursework, and who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the declared program. Please contact the Program Director for more information.

Tuition

See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee schedule.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. See Financial Aid for more details.

Transferability

See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Further information regarding transfer of credit can be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Credit for college level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination. Time limits for transferability of some courses may exist.

Licensure/Employment Outlook

Louisiana requires licensure for all MLS professionals. Graduates must pass a national certification examination in order to qualify for permanent state licensure and for employment. According to the US Department of Labor, the employment of medical laboratory scientists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016 and the future job outlook is predicated to be excellent because the number of job openings is expected to continue to exceed the number of job seekers. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Although the majority of medical laboratory scientists are employed by hospitals, graduates are also employed in medical and diagnostic laboratories, physicians’ offices/clinics, blood banks, research facilities, crime/forensic laboratories, colleges/universities, industry, and by the Federal Government.

Students successfully completing the program are eligible to take the national certification examination. Graduation from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University with a Bachelor’s degree in MLS is not dependent upon taking or passing a national certification examination.

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Science (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 or call 773-714-8880).

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in MLS is conferred upon students when the following conditions are met, in addition to the general requirements for graduation:

Completion of 123 semester credit hours, including the required core curriculum program prerequisites and program courses;

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all college work with grades of C or better in all courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in CLS;

Fulfillment of the residency requirement of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (see Academic Policies section), with 2 service learning projects; and

Clearance of all indebtedness to the University, including the return of all materials borrowed from the University library.

Students successfully completing the program are eligible to take the national certification examination. Graduation from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University with a Bachelor’s degree in MLS is not dependent upon taking or passing a national certification examination. However, obtaining state licensure and employment is dependent on passing a national certification examination.

Curriculum

Curriculum Notes:

Humanities electives (9 hrs) may be taken from ART, MUSI, ENGL, HIST, THEO, PHIL, or SPAN courses.
Behavioral Science electives (6 hrs) may be taken from PSYC, SOCI, or ANTH courses.

Note: Six hours of either humanities or behavioral sciences electives should be taken from the same discipline.