Medical Laboratory Science

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BECOME A MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST

Earn your certificate from Mercy College of Health Sciences and become a medical laboratory scientist (MLS) capable of performing a full range of laboratory tests from simple cholesterol screenings to more complex assessments used to uncover diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, and cancer. As an MLS, you will work quickly and carefully to confirm the accuracy of test results and report laboratory findings to pathologists and patients' physicians. You'll work with microscopes, complex electronic equipment, computers, and precision instruments to give clear and accurate reports to physicians. Up to 70% of physicians' decisions related to disease diagnosis and treatment are directly related to laboratory results, making you a vital part of a patient's medical team.

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$52,330

Median Wage1

100%

Graduation Rate

100%

Placement Rate

94%

Certification Pass Rate

14%

Projected Job Growth from 2018 - 20281

OUR BODY OF WORK

ABOUT OUR MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE MAJOR

Our three-semester Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) certificate offers one start date per year in the fall and includes intensive classroom instruction and clinical laboratory experiences. You will learn to perform, evaluate, ensure accuracy and validity, interpret, and correlate the results of a wide variety of laboratory tests used in the diagnoses and treatments of patients. The results these tests produce are critical to maintaining patient health. You’ll also problem-solve, direct and supervise, and troubleshoot issues that arise in laboratory settings. 

The MLS program is affiliated with several institutions of higher learning. Accepted students from affiliated institutions complete their senior year at Mercy College, earning up to 40 semester hours of upper level science credits. Students from affiliated institutions must complete all other affiliated institution graduation requirements to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) upon completion of the MLS certificate at Mercy College.

Students from non-affiliated colleges and universities are eligible to apply if they meet all academic requirements and have completed or will have completed their BA or BS before beginning the MLS certificate coursework.

Prospective students who are interested in the MLS certificate may also want to consider admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Track Three at Mercy College.

Program Application Deadline: October 15
Interview Deadline: November 15

 

Accreditation
ACCREDITED BY THE NATIONAL ACCREDITING AGENCY FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (NAACLS)
The medical laboratory science certificate at Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NACCLS).
Faculty

Our medical laboratory science faculty team includes a full-time program chair and two full-time MLS faculty, as well as medical laboratory scientist preceptors in the clinical laboratory assuring you an exceptional level of personalized instruction.

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Students

English isn't my parents' first language, but everyone at Mercy College went above and beyond to make sure we understood the admissions and financial aid processes. The hands-on learning opportunities in my classes have been a huge help in preparing me for my licensure exams and setting me on my path to a successful career.

Irma S., Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Healthcare Administration Candidate, 2021
Scientist analyzes test tube samples

STEP ONE: COLLEGE ADMISSION
To be considered for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science major, you must first be admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences. Learn more about admission to Mercy College. Complete our FREE online Mercy College application. Early application is encouraged.

STEP TWO: PROGRAM ADMISSION 
We accept 12 students into the MLS program each year. Your admission into this program is on a competitive basis. 

To be considered for admission to the MLS major, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Submit the MLS Program Application 
  • Complete the program interview process
  • Earn a C (not C-) in the following undergraduate coursework
    • Chemistry - 16 semester hours, including Biochemistry and/or Organic Chemistry as part of a science major curriculum
    • Biology - 16 semester hours, including Immunology and Microbiology as part of a science major curriculum
    • College-level Math - 3 semester hours, algebra level or above 

Program Application Deadline: October 15
Interview Deadline: November 15

Late applications may be considered.

SELECTION PROCESS
Following the October 15 application and transcript deadline, the process to select students begins. Each qualified applicant is invited to interview with program officials and tour the clinical site laboratory. Complete applications are reviewed by the selection committee, which considers the following:

  • Types and difficulty of courses taken
  • Evidence of well-rounded education
  • Courses taken that are not required but are recommended
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer and extracurricular activities
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Activities that indicate social consciousness and involvement
  • Essay
  • Cumulative and science GPA

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Acceptance letters are sent to accepted students by December 1
  • Accepted students must reply to Mercy College to accept or decline the offered position by December 15
  • Application eligibility does not guarantee acceptance

The following courses are required to earn your Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science. A sample course sequence is provided. 

Semester 1 (Fall)
MLS 411 - Clinical Immunology Didactic (1 cr*)
MLS 413 - Clinical Immunohematology Didactic I (1 cr*)
MLS 415 - Clinical Chemistry Didactic I (2 cr*)
MLS 417 - Clinical Hematology Didactic I (1 cr*)
MLS 418 - Clinical Laboratory Management Didactic I (1 cr)
MLS 422 - Clinical Microbiology Didactic I (2 cr*)
Three of the following:
MLS 432 - Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology Clinical Rotation I (2 cr)
MLS 433 - Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis, Body Fluids and Microscopy Clinical Rotation I (2 cr)
MLS 435 - Clinical Microbiology Clinical Rotation I (2 cr)
MLS 436 - Clinical Chemistry Clinical Rotation I (2 cr)
 
Semester 2 (Spring)
MLS 432, 433, 435, or 436 - Course Not Taken in the Fall (2 cr)
MLS 443 - Clinical Immunohematology Didactic II (1 cr*)
MLS 445 - Clinical Chemistry Didactic II (2 cr*)
MLS 447 - Clinical Hematology Didactic II (2 cr*)
MLS 448 - Clinical Laboratory Management and Education Methods Didactic II (1 cr)
MLS 452 - Clinical Microbiology Didactic II (2 cr*)
Two of the following:
MLS 462 - Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology Clinical Rotation II (2 cr)
MLS 463 - Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis, Body Fluids and Microscopy Clinical Rotation II (2 cr)
MLS 465 - Clinical Immunohematology or Microbiology Rotation II (2 cr)
MLS 465 - Clinical Microbiology Clinical Rotation II
MLS 466 - Chemistry Clinical Rotation II (2 cr)
 
Semester 3 (Summer)
MLS 414 - Urinalysis, Body Fluids, and Microscopy (1 cr)
MLS 472 - Clinical Microbiology Didactic II (2 cr*)
MLS 477 - Clinical Hematology Didactic III (2 cr*)
MLS 478 - Clinical Laboratory Management and Education Method Didactic III (3 cr)
Two of the following not taken in Spring:
MLS 462 - Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology Clinical Rotation II (2 cr)
MLS 463 - Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis, Body Fluids and Microscopy Clinical Rotation II (2 cr)
MLS 465 - Clinical Microbiology Clinical Rotation II (2 cr)
MLS 466 - Clinical Chemistry Clinical Rotation II (1 cr)
 

TOTAL: 40 CREDITS FOR CERTIFICATE

*Affiliated colleges and universities may make adjustments to the credits awarded for individual MLS courses.

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The Medical Laboratory Science major offers one start date per year in the fall. View our full academic calendar for exact semester start dates.

Outcomes 2016-18

Certification Exam (ASCP-BOC MLS) Pass Rate Graduation Rate Placement Rate
94% 100% 100%

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians.
†Pass Rate defined as pass rate for exams taken within one year of graduation.
Graduate Rate defined as percentage of students completing the program whom started the final half, defined as the start of summer semester.
Placement Rate defined as employment in the laboratory field or pursuit of further education within one year of graduation.)

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