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Bachelor of Science Course Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Students who have completed the requirements for a B.S. degree in a related discipline at an accredited university, with preparation similar to that described above for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree may apply to the program and, if accepted, complete the Medical Laboratory Science Professional Block, which would result in the award of a second B.S. degree. Completion of the minimum of a B.S degree and the professional block will qualify the student to sit for national certification exams. Credit may be given for experience and coursework at the discretion of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. Students whose preparation does not include the required courses listed under the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science may be required to take additional courses outside the professional block at the discretion of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. University policy requires a minimum of 32 additional credits earned beyond the first B.S. degree in order to award a second B.S. degree. Credits used to satisfy the requirements for the first degree may not be used toward the second degree’s 32 credit requirement.

A student may be awarded a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the University general education requirements (see Academic Information and Graduation Requirements). The following objective courses also satisfy specific program requirements:
    • Objective 3: MATH 1153 – Introduction to Statistics
    • Objective 5: BIOL 1101,1101L – Biology I, and Lab, CHEM 1111, 1111L, and CHEM 1112, 1112L plus additional chemistry courses to total a minimum of 16 credits and may include inorganic/organic/ biochemistry/analytical chemistry
  2. Completion of the following required courses:
    • MATH 1143 College Algebra 3 cr
    • BIOL 2206,2207 Cell Biology, and Lab 4 cr
    • BIOL 2235,2235L General Microbiology, and Lab 4 cr
    • BIOL 3301,3301L, 3302 3302L Anatomy and Physiology, and Labs 8 cr
    • BIOL 3358 Genetics 3 cr
    • BIOL 4451 Immunology 3 cr
    • BIOL 4463 Pathophysiology 4 cr OR BIOL 3305 Introduction to Pathobiology 3 cr
  3. Completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Professional degree Requirements (38 credits).
  4. Completion of elective courses. Elective courses should be selected according to the student’s interests and career needs, in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The total number of elective credit hours may include course prerequisites for general education requirements.
  5. Credits earned in the required prerequisites or Medical Laboratory Science professional block with a grade of lower than a “C-” will not be counted towards the Medical Laboratory Science requirement, but will be calculated in the total credit calculation toward graduation.

Required Courses:

MLS 4410 Phlebotomy Practicum 1 cr
MLS 4412 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 1 cr
MLS 4414 Hematology and Hemostasis 3 cr
MLS 4416 Medical Microbiology I 3 cr
MLS 4418 Medical Chemistry and Instrumentation 3 cr
MLS 4420 Medical Immunology 2 cr
MLS 4422 Basic Concepts Transfusion Medicine 2 cr
MLS 4424 Medical Laboratory Fundamentals 1 cr
MLS 4431 Medical Microbiology II 3 cr
MLS 4433 MLS Management and Education 2 cr
MLS 4435 Molecular Diagnostics 3 cr
MLS 4437 Critical Analysis of Lab Information 3 cr
MLS 4439 Advanced Concepts in Transfusion Medicine 2 cr
MLS 4441 MLS Research* 1-3 cr
MLS 4455 MLS Student Laboratory Practices 2 cr
MLS 4490 MLS General Site Practicum 1-6 cr
MLS 4491 Microbiology Practicum 2 cr
MLS 4492 Hematology and Urinalysis Practicum 2 cr
MLS 4493 Transfusion (Blood Bank) Practicum 1 cr
MLS 4494 Chemistry and Automation Practicum 1 cr

*This is a 1-credit course that may be taken for up to 3 credits. A total of 6 credits of Practicum experiences (minimum of 480 hours) is required to be eligible to take Board of Certification (BOC) national examinations. One (1) credit of Practicum experience (80 hours) is required for a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science but the graduate will NOT be eligible for BOC national certification.

Please refer to the ISU Academic Catalog for current program requirements and course descriptions.

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