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As a medical laboratory scientist, you’ll identify sources of disease and determine the validity of data that allows physicians to make their patient diagnosis. Whether it’s analyzing blood and tissue samples, matching blood types, looking for cellular abnormalities, or identifying parasites and bacteria, GMercyU’s bachelor's degree (BS) in medical laboratory science will help you make a difference in people’s lives through problem-solving in a clinical lab.
If you’re passionate about science, this program will offer you exciting learning experiences where you can explore specialized areas, such as cytology (working with DNA & RNA), immunology, biotechnology, and applied molecular technology. You’ll have access to the latest biomedical instruments and computer programs as you learn how to conduct and evaluate scientific tests on bodily fluids and tissues.
You can further increase your employability by graduating with a bachelor’s degree and the preparation you need to gain certification as a medical laboratory scientist (MLS) by passing the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) boards. Our 3+1 program includes three years on Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus completing required general education and science courses, and one year of hands-on and classroom instruction at an affiliate program as you prepare to pass the ASCP boards.
Other benefits include:
Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
In addition to completing your general education requirements, you will need to complete the following courses for the medical laboratory science degree:
Medical Laboratory Science – 35 Credits
|MLS 410||Medical Immunohematology – 2 Credits|
|MLS 425||Advanced Hematology & Coagulation – 2 Credits|
|MLS 435||Immunology – 2 Credits|
|MLS 445||Medical Chemistry – 4 Credits|
|MLS 455||Medical Microbiology – 5 Credits|
|MLS 415||Clinical Immunohematology – 2 Credits|
|MLS 420||Basic Hematology and Coagulation – 2 Credits|
|MLS 430||Clinical Hematology and Coagulation – 2 Credits|
|MLS 440||Urinalysis & Other Body Fluid – 2 Credits|
|MLS 450||Clinical Chemistry – 4 Credits|
|MLS 460||Clinical Microbiology – 4 Credits|
|MLS 475||Clinical Seminar/Capstone – 4 Credits|
Natural & Computational Sciences – 38-43 Credits
|BIO 203/203L||General Biology I|
|BIO 251/251L or BIO 402/402L||Genetics or Molecular Biology of Cells|
|BIO 305/305L||Biology of Microorganisms|
|CHM 151/151L||Principles of Chemistry I|
|CHM 152/152L||Principles of Chemistry II|
|CHM 203/203L||Organic Chemistry I|
|CHM 204/204L||Organic Chemistry II|
Students who have an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology - 3 Credits
|BIO 103||Human Anatomy|
Students who don’t have an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology - 8 Credits
|BIO 107/107L||Anatomy & Physiology I|
|BIO 108/108L||Anatomy & Physiology II|
Your senior year will be spent off-campus at an affiliate Medical Laboratory Science Program, gaining the additional classroom and hands-on experience you need to succeed in this field.
You must complete a minimum of 120 credits for a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science.
See the undergraduate catalog (PDF) for more information and course descriptions.
Upon graduation, your skills will be in high demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting much faster than average job growth for clinical and medical laboratory scientists through 2022. This degree can be a springboard to employment in many industries.
• Blood Bank Technologist
• Crime Lab Analyst
• Food and Drug Inspector
• Medical Laboratory Manager
• Medical Equipment Sales Representative
• Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
• Public Health Specialist
• Research Assistant
*Some of these careers may require additional education.
*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.