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Earn Your Online Medical Laboratory Science Degree!

Medical Laboratory Science (MLT to MLS) BS
Program Overview

Are you currently a Medical Laboratory Technician looking to further your career in the medical laboratory profession?  If so, the online Medical Laboratory Science degree (MLS) from Southern Miss may be the right fit for you.  This online bachelor’s degree MLS was created specifically for working Medical Laboratory Technicians who want to earn their Medical Laboratory Science BS degree. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be a Medical Laboratory Scientist in a clinical laboratory.

This affordable program gives you the ability to earn your degree fully online and complete your clinical at your current place of employment! Our online Medical Laboratory Science degree program is for certified Medical Laboratory Technician’s who have been working for at least two years and are currently employed.

Let Southern Miss help you get the online medical laboratory science degree you want and deserve. Keep climbing the career ladder in this health field that you love!  This is your life, plus college.

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Qualifications

Our online medical laboratory science degree program is for certified Medical Laboratory Technician’s who have been working for at least two years and are currently employed.  The program is completely online. One would complete clinicals at their current place of employment.  

Program Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required to apply
  • Completion of prerequisite courses if needed
  • Proof of certification
  • Official transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Proof of employment

Degree Requirements


  • ENG 101 – Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 – Composition Two 3 hrs.


Science Requirement (8 hours)

Select 2 courses with labs ♦:

  • AST 111 – General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L – General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • AST 112 – General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L – General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 103 – Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 103L – Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊
  • BSC 110 – Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. *◊ AND
  • BSC 110L – Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. *◊
  • BSC 111 – Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. *◊AND
  • BSC 111L – Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. *◊
  • BSC 250 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. * AND
  • BSC 250L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • BSC 251 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. * AND
  • BSC 251L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 104 – Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L – Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 105 – Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L – Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GLY 101 – Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L – Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GLY 103 – Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L – Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MAR 151 – Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L – Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 103 – Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L – Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 201 – General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L – General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 202 – General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L – General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PSC 190 – Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L – Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • Higher-level MAT course


  • ENG 203 – World Literature 3 hrs.
  • Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

    • HIS 101 – World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
    • HIS 102 – World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
    • PHI 151 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
    • PHI 171 – Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
    • REL 131 – Comparative Religion 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 – Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 – Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 – The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 – Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 – World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 – American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 – General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 – Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.


  • MLS 301 – Professional Communication 2 hrs. (SI) (WI) AND
  • MLS 301L – Professional Communication Laboratory 2 hrs. (SI) (WI)


  • MLS 301 – Professional Communication 2 hrs. (SI) (WI) AND
  • MLS 301L – Professional Communication Laboratory 2 hrs. (SI) (WI)
  • ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites


  • MLS 301 – Professional Communication 2 hrs. (SI) (WI) AND
  • MLS 301L – Professional Communication Laboratory 2 hrs. (SI) (WI)


  • MLS 402 – Clinical Bacteriology II 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 402L – Clinical Bacteriology II Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 406 – Hematology I 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 406L – Hematology I Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 408 – Clinical Immunohematology 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 408L – Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 409 – Clinical Chemistry II 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 409L – Clinical Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

    Note:


    *This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

    **This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

    ***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

    ◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here.

    GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to this major. For full description of the GEC, see here.



  • MLS 101 – Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science 1 hr.
  • MLS 110 – Phlebotomy I 1 hr.
  • MLS 202 – Safety for Health Care Settings 1 hr.
  • MLS 203 – Clinical Laboratory Calculations 3 hrs.
  • MLS 301 – Professional Communication 2 hrs. (SI) (WI) AND
  • MLS 301L – Professional Communication Laboratory 2 hrs. (SI) (WI)
  • MLS 302 – Clinical Bacteriology I 3 hrs. AND
  • MLS 302L – Clinical Bacteriology I Laboratory 2 hrs.
  • MLS 306 – Fundamentals of Hematology 3 hrs. AND
  • MLS 306L – Fundamentals of Hematology Laboratory 2 hrs.
  • MLS 309 – Clinical Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • MLS 309L – Clinical Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs.
  • MLS 315 – Introduction to Clinical Immunology 2 hrs. AND
  • MLS 315L – Intro to Clinical Immunology Lab 1 hr.
  • MLS 401 – Body Fluids 1 hr. AND
  • MLS 401L – Body Fluids Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MLS 402 – Clinical Bacteriology II 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 402L – Clinical Bacteriology II Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 403 – Clinical Mycology 1 hr. AND
  • MLS 403L – Clinical Mycology Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MLS 405 – Clinical Parasitology 1 hr. AND
  • MLS 405L – Clinical Parasitology Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MLS 406 – Hematology I 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 406L – Hematology I Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 407 – Clinical Immunodiagnostics I 2 hrs. AND
  • MLS 407L – Clinical Immunodiagnostics I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MLS 408 – Clinical Immunohematology 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 408L – Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 409 – Clinical Chemistry II 3 hrs. (Capstone) AND
  • MLS 409L – Clinical Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr. (Capstone)
  • MLS 410 – Special Chemistry 1 hr. AND
  • MLS 410L – Special Chemistry Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MLS 411 – Coagulation 1 hr. AND
  • MLS 411L – Coagulation Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MLS 412 – Principles of Clinical Administration and Education 1 hr.
  • MLS 451 – Urinalysis 1 hr.
  • MLS 452 – Clinical Microbiology 4 hrs.
  • MLS 456 – Hematology II 3 hrs.
  • MLS 457 – Clinical Immunodiagnostics II 1 hr.
  • MLS 458 – Blood Bank 3 hrs.
  • MLS 459 – Clinical Chemistry III 4 hrs.


 

  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 251 – Elementary Organic Chemistry 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 251L – Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 420 – Principles of Biochemistry 3 hrs.
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs. *
Select 1 sequence:♦

  • BSC 110 – Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 110L – Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • BSC 111 – Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 111L – Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. *or
  • BSC 250 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 250L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • BSC 251 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 251L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr. *
Select 1 course and lab:

  • BSC 380 – General Microbiology 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 380L – General Microbiology Laboratory 1 hr.or
  • BSC 381 – Microorganisms in Health and Disease 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 381L – Microorganisms in Health and Disease Lab 1 hr.


Choose electives as needed with advisor’s approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Note:


♦ This major requires the selection of a sequence to fulfill the GEC Science Requirement.

Students who choose BSC 110/BSC 110L and BSC 111/BSC 111L can choose either BSC 380/BSC 380L or BSC 381/BSC 381L.

Students who choose BSC 250/BSC 250L and BSC 251/BSC 251L must choose BSC 381/BSC 381L.

BSC 110/BSC 110L and BSC 111/BSC 111L must be taken as a sequence.

BSC 250/BSC 250L and BSC 251/BSC 251L must be taken as a sequence.

Hours to Degree


124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Medical Technology. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions


For pricing information on the online medical laboratory science degree, click here.  For financial aid information, click here.  For detailed tuition information, click here.



For degrees other than our online medical laboratory science degree, please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/



Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.



No, online medical laboratory science degree students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.



If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions, and course enrollment.



Are there additional fees?

Additional course fees may apply to the online medical laboratory science degree.  Fees range between $20-$60.


What if I can't do clinicals in my place of employment?

Contact Mary Lux at mary.lux@usm.edu


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