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With a Medical Laboratory Science Degree, You Will Thrive in This High Demand Field

Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

As a medical laboratory scientist you can serve in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, public health departments and private research institutes. We can help you to become a leader in developing new laboratory protocols so you can experience what it’s like to make a vital contribution to healthcare.

College of Saint Mary offers three degree programs in this area — bachelor of science in medical technology, bachelor of science in chemistry and the bachelor of science in biology. Theses programs lead to the readiness to take credentialing agency examinations for national certification as a professional medical technologist. Upon completing your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to complete one year (12 months) of professional education in a hospital school of medical technology approved by the A.M.A. Council on Medical Education.

Upon completing the professional year of study and earning a bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to take credentialing agency examinations for national certification as a professional medical technologist.

The bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science takes three years on campus and one year of professional education. The bachelor's degree in biology or chemistry takes four years on campus, plus the year of professional education.

Above average grades in high school chemistry, biology and mathematics are prerequisites for acceptance into this program. Transfer students are invited to submit transcripts for early evaluation.

Required Courses in Your Degree

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

General Microbiology Lecture

In this course, you will study the basic principles of microbiology. Topics covered will include the history of microbiology including classic experiments, microbial structure and function, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism and genetics of microbes.

General Microbiology Lab

The lab component of General Microbiology will provide an introduction to microbiological techniques, as well as a hands-on investigation of bacterial anatomy and physiology, growth conditions, genetics, and basic biotechnology will be conducted.

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will cover the chemical organization, cellular organization and tissue organization of the body. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and endocrine system. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the physiology of osseous tissue, muscle contraction and nerve function and conduction, as well as familiarity with the anatomy of neural pathways and CNS regional specialization.

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab

This course will cover the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems as well as metabolism and electrolyte and acid-base balance.

Immunology/Hematology

In this course, you will study of the nature and theory of antigen-antibody interaction, mechanisms of immunity, principles and procedures of serodiagnosis.

Genetics Lecture/Lab

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

Molecular Biology Lecture

Structure, function and regulation of genes and gene products are discussed extensively using both eucaryotic and procaryotic systems. Cell structural/functional relationships are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on biotechnology as it is employed in understanding cell structure and regulation of cellular physiology.

Molecular Biology Lab

Application of basic methods and techniques of biotechnology. Gene cloning, identification, and mutagenesis techniques are emphasized. Methods employed are southern blots, northern blots, western blots, DNA isolation, RNA isolation, plasmid and viral cloning vectors, and chromatography.

Statistics

In this course, you’ll collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

College Trigonometry

A study of the circular functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, and applications of trigonometry.

Scientific Methods

This course will familiarize you with the steps of the Scientific Method, proper experimental design and use of controls, and the basic format of scientific papers and presentations.

General Chemistry Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

With this course, you’ll experience a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena begun in CHM 110. The lab will cover a series of experiments designed to complement the material covered in CHM 112.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry, and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. You will also be introduced to structures and nomenclature of organic compounds, mechanisms of organic reactions, and many types of different organic reactions. The lab component of this course will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. You will be introduced to the theory of organic compound synthesis, and the use of spectroscopy as an analytical tool. The lab component of this course will build on skills from the Organic Chemistry I lab as well as cover materials discussed in the lecture.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your bachelor of science degree in medical technology, you must complete 132 total credit hours.

  • 37 credit hours in general education 
  • 47 credit hours in major courses 
  • 36 credit hours in professional study courses
  • 12 credit hours in supporting courses
  • 6-9 credit hours for biology electives

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee
     
  • To begin the medical laboratory science program, you must meet the prerequisites for MTH 114 and CHM 110 (by placement or past coursework)

Academic Description

With a Medical Laboratory Science Degree, You Will Thrive in This High Demand Field

Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

As a medical laboratory scientist you can serve in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, public health departments and private research institutes. We can help you to become a leader in developing new laboratory protocols so you can experience what it’s like to make a vital contribution to healthcare.

College of Saint Mary offers three degree programs in this area — bachelor of science in medical technology, bachelor of science in chemistry and the bachelor of science in biology. Theses programs lead to the readiness to take credentialing agency examinations for national certification as a professional medical technologist. Upon completing your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to complete one year (12 months) of professional education in a hospital school of medical technology approved by the A.M.A. Council on Medical Education.

Upon completing the professional year of study and earning a bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to take credentialing agency examinations for national certification as a professional medical technologist.

The bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science takes three years on campus and one year of professional education. The bachelor's degree in biology or chemistry takes four years on campus, plus the year of professional education.

Above average grades in high school chemistry, biology and mathematics are prerequisites for acceptance into this program. Transfer students are invited to submit transcripts for early evaluation.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee
     
  • To begin the medical laboratory science program, you must meet the prerequisites for MTH 114 and CHM 110 (by placement or past coursework)

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Degree

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

General Microbiology Lecture

In this course, you will study the basic principles of microbiology. Topics covered will include the history of microbiology including classic experiments, microbial structure and function, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism and genetics of microbes.

General Microbiology Lab

The lab component of General Microbiology will provide an introduction to microbiological techniques, as well as a hands-on investigation of bacterial anatomy and physiology, growth conditions, genetics, and basic biotechnology will be conducted.

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will cover the chemical organization, cellular organization and tissue organization of the body. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and endocrine system. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the physiology of osseous tissue, muscle contraction and nerve function and conduction, as well as familiarity with the anatomy of neural pathways and CNS regional specialization.

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab

This course will cover the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems as well as metabolism and electrolyte and acid-base balance.

Immunology/Hematology

In this course, you will study of the nature and theory of antigen-antibody interaction, mechanisms of immunity, principles and procedures of serodiagnosis.

Genetics Lecture/Lab

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

Molecular Biology Lecture

Structure, function and regulation of genes and gene products are discussed extensively using both eucaryotic and procaryotic systems. Cell structural/functional relationships are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on biotechnology as it is employed in understanding cell structure and regulation of cellular physiology.

Molecular Biology Lab

Application of basic methods and techniques of biotechnology. Gene cloning, identification, and mutagenesis techniques are emphasized. Methods employed are southern blots, northern blots, western blots, DNA isolation, RNA isolation, plasmid and viral cloning vectors, and chromatography.

Statistics

In this course, you’ll collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

College Trigonometry

A study of the circular functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, and applications of trigonometry.

Scientific Methods

This course will familiarize you with the steps of the Scientific Method, proper experimental design and use of controls, and the basic format of scientific papers and presentations.

General Chemistry Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

With this course, you’ll experience a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena begun in CHM 110. The lab will cover a series of experiments designed to complement the material covered in CHM 112.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry, and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. You will also be introduced to structures and nomenclature of organic compounds, mechanisms of organic reactions, and many types of different organic reactions. The lab component of this course will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. You will be introduced to the theory of organic compound synthesis, and the use of spectroscopy as an analytical tool. The lab component of this course will build on skills from the Organic Chemistry I lab as well as cover materials discussed in the lecture.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your bachelor of science degree in medical technology, you must complete 132 total credit hours.

  • 37 credit hours in general education 
  • 47 credit hours in major courses 
  • 36 credit hours in professional study courses
  • 12 credit hours in supporting courses
  • 6-9 credit hours for biology electives