Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Medical Laboratory Science (MLT to MLS)

The online medical laboratory science program is a degree completion program. It’s designed for medical laboratory technicians with an associate’s degree or equivalent who want to advance their career.

Our flexible, online format allows you to continue working and earn your bachelor’s degree at your own pace. The MLT to MLS program helps you build upon your current knowledge and enhance your judgment and leadership skills. 

After graduating from the bachelor’s program, you will be eligible to take the MLS (ASCP) Board of Registry exam. 

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Why study medical laboratory science at BGSU?

  • Maximum flexibility. 100% online courses let working professionals work at your own pace, around your schedule. You can complete the bachelor’s degree program in five semesters. We offer two start dates each year. Most courses are seven weeks long.
  • Accreditation. The MLS program at BGSU is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Advance your career. Assignments and case studies will prepare you for leadership and supervisory positions.
  • Expert faculty. Faculty are experts in the field of medical laboratory science. All of them hold graduate degrees and maintain current MLS certification. They are invested in your success and encourage engaging online discussions.

100% of graduates report they're employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Career opportunities

A bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science opens up greater career opportunities. You will be prepared for leadership and supervisory positions.

Career paths

  • Hospital and private laboratories
  • Medical and pharmaceutical research
  • Public health
  • Specialized laboratory departments
  • Sales and marketing
  • Infection control
  • Education

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The online MLT to MLS program comprises 15 online courses (36 credit hours). Classes are asynchronous – you can log in whenever and wherever you want.

Finish the program in five semesters (seven weeks long), or you can go at a slower pace if that works better for you.

You will be awarded transfer credit for previous college courses that match the BG Perspective (General Education) courses and support course requirements. Any BGP or required core courses not completed prior to admission into the MLT-MLS program must be completed.

Required courses

medical lab 8811

Sample courses

  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Diagnostic Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Clinical Virology
  • Laboratory Management and Education
  • Transcultural Healthcare

Who can apply to the MLT to MLS program?

You must meet all of these requirements to qualify for the online MLT to MLS bachelor’s degree program:

  • Be a graduate of a NAACLS accredited medical laboratory technician program with an associate degree or equivalent.
  • Have current certification as an MLT (ASCP)CM or be board eligible and successfully pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) before beginning MLS coursework (or see program advisor).
  • Have current work experience as an MLT in a clinical laboratory.

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BGSU College of Heath and Human Services 

The online medical laboratory science bachelor’s degree program is part of the Department of Public and Allied Health in the BGSU College of Health and Human Services.

Updated: 01/31/2024 02:36PM