Student in white lab coat looking through a microscopeProgram Details

The online MLT to MLS Bachelor of Science degree program is designed for certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) who want to advance their education and career opportunities by earning a Bachelor of Science degree and becoming eligible for the MLS (Medical Laboratory Scientist) American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam through Route 2 eligibility. 

To meet eligibility requirements for the MLS (ASCP) exam under Route 2, students must be certified as an MLT, obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and have at least 2 years of clinical lab experience within the last 5 years. Experience must cover all areas of the lab. Ohio State’s online degree completion program allows students to complete the bachelor’s degree requirement in as little as two years depending on the amount of general education (GE) and prerequisite courses completed before enrolling.

A Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science can lead to a rewarding career in a growing field, with job stability and opportunities for advancement. You'll play a critical role in diagnosing and treating diseases and contributing to important medical research. The online format allows students to complete the coursework at their own pace and from anywhere with an internet connection, providing greater flexibility for working professionals. 


Application Deadlines

Autumn 2023

  • July 1, 2023

Spring 2024

  • Priority: October 13, 2023
  • Final: November 10, 2023

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Application Requirements

  • GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses*
  • Completion of online application
  • Proof of MLT Certification in good standing with ASCP

*Although completion of courses creates a stronger application, students may be admitted before completion of these courses. Courses must be completed before the Autumn semester of the second year in the professional program.


GEL Online Curriculum Guide

GEN Online Curriculum Guide

If you're not sure which guide to follow, visit our Curriculum Guide page for additional guidance.