Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, College of Science and Technology
Effective Fall 2012
Medical laboratory scientists perform many of the laboratory tests used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. As part of the health care team they contribute data on blood, tissues, and fluids using a variety of precise methods and technologies. The program of study combines natural science and liberal arts education with clinical instruction. Students complete 90 credit hours (3 years) of core science and general education classes at Bloomsburg followed by one calendar year in a hospital clinical program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
In the past five years, the clinical placement rate for these students has been excellent. However clinical placement is becoming more competitive and admission to the clinical year experience is not automatic or guaranteed. Students begin the application procedure after completing two academic years, usually the summer following the sophomore year. Assistance in making application for admission is offered by the university, but admission is determined solely by the clinical affiliates. Presently, Bloomsburg is affiliated with nine hospitals. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements and the clinical year earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and are eligible to take the national certification examinations for Medical Laboratory Science.
Students complete 90 credit hours (3 years) of core science and general education classes at Bloomsburg followed by 30 credit hours (one calendar year) in an accredited hospital program. Students should work closely with their advisor to organize an efficient plan of study.
Students who transfer into the MLS program from another school or degree program may still require 3 years at Bloomsburg to complete the pre-clinical courses. Discuss your timeline with the Allied Health Program Coordinator.
The following Bloomsburg University courses are taken prior to the clinical experience. They are required in addition to, or as part of, the general education requirements:
BIOLOGY.114 Concepts in Biology I
BIOLOGY.173 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOLOGY.174 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOLOGY.208 Medical Terminology
BIOLOGY.233 Human Genetics or BIOLOGY.333 Molecular Biology
BIOLOGY.271 Cell Biology
CHEM.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I
CHEM.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II
CHEM.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
MATH.141 Introduction to Statistics
BIOLOGY.342 Medical Microbiology
Clinical Experience - During the one-year clinical experience in a hospital program a total of 30 credit hours are required. These are earned from the following list of clinical courses:
MEDTECH.401 Clinical Microbiology
MEDTECH.402 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation
MEDTECH.403 Clinical Chemistry for Med Tech
MEDTECH.404 Clinical Immunohematology
MEDTECH.405 Clinical Immunology/Serology
MEDTECH.406 Clinical Seminar
See department web site for hospital affiliations: