Learn more about the courses necessary to complete a degree in Medical Laboratory Science

Our program currently offers four curriculum tracks of study you can choose from depending on your career goals and academic history. For a suggested four year curriculum guide including general education and prerequisite courses for the four tracks see below:

Certification Track

Certification Track

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level work as medical laboratory scientist. In addition to four semesters of MEDLBS courses, certification students participate in a six-week internship program during the final semester in order to gain clinical experience and take a required comprehensive final exam to help prepare for the national certification exam. Graduates of this track of study will be qualified to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam. 

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree have the option of either earning a second degree or a “certificate of study.” Certificate of study students who do not have to meet the General Education (GE) requirements in the curriculum. We encourage those with B.S. degrees (who qualify) to consider the Coordinated Grad Track as well. 

ASCP Board of Registry Certification Exam results for OSU MLS Program:
  • In 2015 94% of the individuals who took the exam passed
  • In 2014 95% of the individuals who took the exam passed
  • In 2013 93% of the individuals who took the exam passed

The attrition rate is calculated for those students who started and completed the second half of the MLS Certification program: 

  • In 2015 there was a 100% Attrition Rate
  • In 2014 there was a 100% Attrition Rate
  • In 2013 there was a 96% Attrition Rate
Facilities Available for Clinical Internships

Facilities Available for Clinical Internships

Medical Science Track

Medical Science Track

If you are interested in medical, nursing, physician assisting, dental, veterinary, optometry school or any other professional or graduate school the Medical Science Track may be for you. This track provides the student with the pathophysiology of laboratory diagnostics without actually teaching the students to perform the laboratory procedures. This is an excellent preparation for medical school or other post-baccalaureate studies and our graduates are having great success in both getting into and performing well in their desired professional programs. The lack of lab courses in this curriculum allows for more flexible scheduling which can accommodate outside courses required of students wanting into medical or other graduate programs 

Graduates of this track do not qualify to take the national certifying exam upon graduation. Some pre-med students do choose to complete the certification track in addition to pursuing their pre-med plans if their schedules allow.

MLT Articulation Track

MLT Articulation Track

If you currently are an ASCP certified MLT and would like to continue your education, our MLT Articulation Track would best fit your needs. This track provides MLTs with advanced clinical science education and an opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree, which can be used to fulfill requirements to become eligible for the ASCP MLS registry exam. This program will NOT fulfill the additional professional experience requirements needed to sit for the ASCP MLS exam. 

Coordinated Graduate Track

Coordinated Graduate Track

If you currently have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than medical technology, clinical laboratory science, medical laboratory science and would like to become eligible for MLS certification while pursuing a graduate education our Coordinated Graduate Track curriculum would fit your needs.
 
Graduates of this three year program (one year undergraduate & two years graduate) will be eligible for certification after the end of the second year and will earn a Master of Science at the end of the third year. 

All students completing an undergraduate degree track receive a BS in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Course Offerings

Course Offerings

Refer to each specific track’s curriculum guide to see what courses are required. Note that classes are only offered once a year. 

4400 Phlebotomy and the Medical Laboratory Environment
The principles and practice of sample collection as it relates to clinical laboratory testing and safety in the laboratory environment. 

4405 Phlebotomy and the Medical Laboratory Environment Laboratory

The practice of sample collection for the clinical laboratory. 

5000 Medical Laboratory Microbiology I

Introduce medical bacteriology and virology in the aspects of fundamental epidemiology, disease transmission routes, clinical correlation of microbial diseases, as well as diagnostic tests to identify commonly encountered and clinically important bacteria.

5005 Medical Laboratory Microbiology I Laboratory
Basic theory and application of clinical laboratory techniques used to identify bacteria pathogenic to humans.

5050 Medical Laboratory Hematology

Theory and application of clinical laboratory procedures used to identify and evaluate the formed elements of the blood and hemostatic mechanisms in health and disease. Also available as embedded honors. 

5055 Medical Laboratory Hematology Laboratory
Theory and application of clinical laboratory procedures used to identify and evaluate the formed elements of the blood and hemostatic mechanisms in health and disease.

5089 Clinical Practice in Medical Laboratory Science

Application of medical laboratory technique under supervision in clinical laboratories or other non-hospital laboratory settings.

5100 Medical Laboratory Microbiology II

Introduce medical mycology, parasitology, and virology in the aspects of fundamental epidemiology, disease transmission routes, clinical correlation of microbial diseases, as well as diagnostic tests to identify commonly encountered and clinically important viruses, fungi, and parasites.

5105 Medical Laboratory Microbiology II Laboratory
The theory and application of clinical laboratory procedures used to identify fungi, parasites, and viruses pathogenic to humans

5150 Medical Laboratory Microscopy
Microscopic analysis of urine and other body fluids including correlational pathophysiology.

5155 Medical Laboratory Microscopy Laboratory
Microscopic analysis of urine and other body fluids.

5200 Medical Laboratory Immunology
Theory, application, and correlation of clinical immunology knowledge and procedures used to evaluate the function of the immune system in health and disease

5205 Medical Laboratory Immunology Laboratory
Theory, application and correlation of clinical immunology knowledge and procedures

5250 Medical Laboratory Immunohematology

The theory and practice of blood banking and transfusion medicine
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5255 Medical Laboratory Immunohematology Laboratory
Theory and practice of blood banking and transfusion medicine

5300 Medical Laboratory Chemistry
Principles in clinical chemistry with an emphasis on analysis and correlation of biochemical parameters with disease. Also available as embedded honors

5305 Medical Laboratory Chemistry Laboratory
Applications of theory in quality control, method selection and evaulation, and diagnostic techniques in the clinical chemistry.

5350 Professional Issues in Medical Laboratory Science
Theory and application of professional, education, and management issues directed specifically towards Medical Laboratory Science.

5400 Molecular Techniques in Medical Laboratory Science
Theory and clinical applications of molecular techniques used in medical laboratory science.

5405 Molecular Techniques in Medical Laboratory Science Laboratory
Theory and clinical applications of molecular techniques used in medical laboratory science.

5600 Interdisciplinary Studies in Medical Laboratory Science

The application of medical laboratory science in interdisciplinary settings.

**Students enrolled in the Certification, Coordinated Graduate, and MLT tracks are required to take MEDLBS 5600 during their final quarter/semester of enrollment.MEDLBS 5600 is a comprehensive final exam covering all medical laboratory science courses taken in the program. This exam is set up as a mock registry exam and designed to prepare you for the real national certification exam that students will take after graduation.

Students must pass this test with an acceptable grade in order to graduate as a certification/MLT major. Details regarding this comprehensive exam are given once students have been admitted to the program. Any questions can be directed to Jessica Mantini at mantini.4@osu.edu​.



5690 Advanced Topics in Medical Laboratory Science

Introduction to skills and resources necessary to enhance professional development and facilitate professional goal setting.
 
5693 Individual Studies
Guided study or individual readings, research, or experiences related to medical laboratory science.

5890 Seminar in Medical Laboratory Science
Introduction to the skills and resources necessary to enhance professional development and facilitate professional goal setting.

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