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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Program Description

If you want an in-demand career that allows you to play a critical role in the healthcare system, choose the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. You’ll become the go-to person for detecting and diagnosing disease because you’ll be the one analyzing blood, tissue, and other samples. In AUM’s program, you’ll study chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, and microbiology—and put that theoretical knowledge to work in AUM’s laboratory-based training. Most medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, but you can also work in:

  • Commercial laboratories
  • Departments of public health
  • Agencies such as the U.S Food and Drug Administration
  • Forensic science settings, such as law enforcement, analyzing crime scenes

The curriculum satisfies the requirements adopted by the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education which sets educational standards to ensure that these expected outcomes can be met. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Medical laboratory scientists perform many routine and specialized tests in clinical, research or industrial laboratories to provide diagnostic data supporting health care, quality control and product development. 

Convenient, Online MLT to MLS Track

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science can also be completed online in the MLT to MLS track. This option is designed for certified medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) who have prior clinical laboratory experience with modern laboratory instrumentation and for military laboratory personnel who have completed military medical laboratory specialist school and have laboratory experience with modern clinical laboratory instrumentation. This online program is convenient for working professionals since they won’t have to perform introductory laboratory exercises that would normally be required of individuals training in the field for the first time. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Points of Pride

  • 100% job placement for past graduates
  • More than 90% pass rate on board of certification
  • One of only two MLS programs in Alabama
  • Convenient online option for current medical laboratory technicians 

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

The job outlook for medical laboratory science is excellent. A degree in this field will give you your choice of jobs with higher-than-average salaries. Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. 

U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample
JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians$53,12011%
Chemists and Materials Scientists$78,7904%
Medical Scientists$88,7908%

For More Information

Department of Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences  
Auburn University at Montgomery
Moore Hall 208
334-244-3606
jtaylor@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks

  • Christy Young is a laboratory director at Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, Ala.
  • Leslie Adams is a pharmacist at the U.S. Veterans’ Administration in Birmingham.
  • Kyle Taylor is Head of the Department of Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences at AUM.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires (but not necessarily for the online MLT to MLS track).

Course sampling specific to the Medical Laboratory Sciences major includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
CLLS 3013Laboratory Techniques An introduction to the basic techniques used by clinical laboratory scientists. In addition, laboratory safety and current issues in health care explored.
CLLS 3103Immunology and SerologyA study of the human immune system in health and disease. Laboratory exercises are serologic procedures used in the laboratory diagnosis of immunologic and infectious diseases.
CLLS 3253Clinical Hematology IIA study of erythrocyte abnormalities and associated disease states. The laboratory will focus on methods used in the evaluation of abnormal erythrocyte morphology.
CLLS 4054PhlebotomyExperience in phlebotomy provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to phlebotomy.
CLLS 4080Laboratory Management and Education (writing intensiveThis course offers an overview of the management process and supervisory techniques and responsibilities commonplace in the clinical laboratory. Also covered are clinical and classroom instructional methods and evaluation strategies. This is a writing intensive course.
CLLS 4114Clinical SerologyExperience in clinical serology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a
review of basic concepts related to clinical serology.
CLLS 4174Clinical Immunohematology IIIExperience in clinical immunohematology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to clinical immunohematology.
CLLS 4214Clinical UrinalysisExperience in clinical urinalysis provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a
review of basic concepts related to clinical urinalysis.
CLLS 4263Clinical Hematology IIIA study of white blood cell abnormalities in human blood with correlations to disease processes. The laboratory portion of this course will involve development of expertise in hematologic procedures and correlation of test results with disease states. This is a writing intensive course.
CLLS 4274Clinical Hematology IVExperience in clinical hematology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to clinical hematology.
CLLS 3403Clinical Instrumentation IAn introduction to clinical laboratory instruments. Basic theory of fundamental clinical instrumentation discussed with hands-on experience in lab. Maintenance procedures and troubleshooting techniques introduced.
CLLS 3433Methods of Drug AnalysisA study of current techniques used in drug analysis. General theory as well as
practical application of organic acid/base theory, liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase
extraction, TLC, HPLC, GC and mass spectrometry covered.
CLLS 4040Comprehensive ReviewA comprehensive review of Medical Laboratory Sciences. All students take a final comprehensive examination at the end of this course. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation. Final grades will be assigned on a pass/fail basis.
CLLS 4323Clinical Microbiology IIIContinued development of the skills necessary to function efficiently in a microbiology laboratory. The student will be exposed to extensive bacterial identification problems as it relates to various specimen sites (respiratory, CSF, etc.). Other topics include anaerobic bacteria and mycobacteria.
CLLS 4334Clinical Microbiology IVExperience in clinical microbiology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to clinical microbiology.
CLLS 4364Clinical Parasites and Mycology IIExperience in clinical parasitology and mycology will be provided in an affiliated clinical facility. This will include a review of basic concepts related to clinical parasitology and mycology.
CLLS 4474Clinical Chemistry IVExperience in clinical chemistry provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a
review of basic concepts related to clinical chemistry.

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