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Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLT to MLS)

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Application Deadline: July 22, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

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LSU Alexandria

Laboratory science is a critical health care field that impacts the health of every individual. The online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program from LSU Alexandria provides students the skills needed to pursue a career assisting physicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of diseases. Our MLS program is ranked as one of the top online Medical Laboratory Science programs in the region.

Applicants must have graduated from an MLT/CLT associate degree program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) and currently hold certification as an MLT(ASCP), CLT(NCA) or equivalent.


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Earn your degree online in a flexible format designed with working professionals in mind.


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This degree is designed for those who have their MLT or CLT and are looking to advance their career in the health care industry.


NAACLS Accredited

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

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*Hours for completion program are reduced provided general education and 1000 and 2000 level BIOL and CHEM are complete.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $325

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $9,750

Total cost with fees: $39,000

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUA degree. For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

LSU Online offers financial aid to those who qualify.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings

Major Requirements

  • MLSC 1000/2000 Classes | Credit Hours: up to 24
  • MLSC 3000: Advanced Hematology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 3010: Advanced Immunohematology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 3020: Advanced Clinical Chemistry | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 3030: Advanced Pathogenic Microbiology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 3040: Molecular Diagnostics | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 3050: Professional Practices Seminar I | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 4000: Professional Practices Seminar II | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 4010: Clinical Project: Hematology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 4020: Clinical Project: Clinical Chemistry | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 4030: Clinical Project: Immunohematology Serology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MLSC 4040: Clinical Project: Microbiology | Credit Hours: 3

Additional Requirements

  • BIOL 4110: Biochemistry | Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOL 4191: Survey of Virology | Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 2001: General Chemistry | Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 3060: Organic Chemistry Concepts | Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 3160: Organic Chemistry Laboratory Concepts | Credit Hours: 2

Additionally, students must complete the Safety Verification quiz, verify receipt of the student handbook, and submit competency checklists and the Capstone project. These are submitted through a Moodle site titled MLSC Competency, Safety, and Capstone Verification.

General Education Science (if not completed on AS degree)

  • BIOL 1161: Human A&P I | Credit Hours: 4
  • BIOL 1162: Human A&P II | Credit Hours: 4
  • CHEM 1201: General Chemistry I | Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 1202: General Chemistry II | Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 1301: Chemistry Lab | Credit Hour: 1
  • CHEM 1302: Chemistry Lab | Credit Hour: 1
  • BIOL 2051: General Microbiology | Credit Hours: 4

If you did not take these courses through your associate degree, you will need to take them at LSUA. These courses are offered at LSUA as online courses. For more information and advisement on transfer questions, please email

Course substitutions will be considered. There are often multiple ways to complete degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) accredited program, AND
  • Have graduated with an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution,* AND
  • Be unconditionally admitted to the university and declare Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) as their major, AND
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, AND
  • Students must have completed with a grade of "C" or higher all courses listed under the General Education Requirements and Additional Requirements sections of the MLSC curriculum, AND
  • Student must be a working MLT/CLT. A completed Verification of Employment Form is required for admission to the program and must be submitted to the admissions office. Students can email OR attach to the online application, AND
  • Students must be able to meet the program's technical standards/essential requirements, AND
  • Students must have two years of work experience as an MLT/CLT generalist (or will have two years of generalist experience at the point that they sit for the ASCP-BOC or equivalent certification examination).

*Military personnel who completed the 50-week training program and hold ASCP Certification may be admissible without a completed associate degree. Please email if you meet these criteria for additional information about admissions options.

Students will receive credit for MLSC courses from their Associate Program. Non-MLSC courses will be evaluated on a course by course basis.

Upon admission to the MLT-MLS Program, the following should be reviewed and completed: 

1. Purchase Exam Simulator 
Students are required to purchase the Media Lab C.E. Exam Simulator (MLS, MLT) and CE (MLT/MLS). The cost is $130 for 12-month access.

2. Purchase Access to CastleBranch (for compliance documentation)

  • Instructions for Order Placement
  • Required Documentation Prior to Clinical Training/Competency Checklists (All documents are linked in Castle Branch)
    • Facility Fact Sheet
    • Receipt of Student Handbook form
    • Confidentiality Release of Information
    • Essential Functions Form
    • CPR Certification
    • Student Physical
    • Immunization, COVID and Flu record
    • Infection Control Acknowledgement
    • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy
    • Competency Checklists

3.  Submit Affiliation Agreement to Program Director, Dr. Cathy Robinson,
Affiliation Agreement (note: GUILD students will have this already submitted)

4.  View and Complete Videos and Assessment in Moodle
Watch Safety videos and complete Quiz with a score of at least 70%

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Lab Scientist
  • Product Development
  • Forensic Science
  • Consumer-Product Testing
  • Chemical and Materials Science


The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886

What Will I Learn?

Students who graduate with an online medical laboratory science degree will be prepared to use the latest technology to perform complex tests on patients.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the entry-level medical laboratory scientist.
  • Graduates will demonstrate technical skills and delivery of reliable results with assurance and confidence in performing laboratory tasks.
  • Graduates will demonstrate appropriate professional communication skills, attitudes, and ethics required of medical laboratory scientists.
  • Graduates will integrate the role and services of medical laboratory scientists with the roles and services of other health care professionals in the delivery of patient care to the consumer/public.

Why Choose This Program?

Why Choose LSUA's Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science?

LSUA’s online degree prepares students to enter the flourishing medical field. Coursework equips students to successfully pass a national certification examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), or equivalent certification examination. Once completed, this certification allows them to apply for positions in hospitals, clinics, industry, labs, research, quality assurance, quality control, laboratory management, laboratory consulting, and academia. This degree is also ideal for students who plan to apply to medical school, a Pathologist’s Assistant (PA) program, a Doctorate in Clinical laboratory Science (DCLS) program, or other professional programs.

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