The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree from Thomas University prepares students for an exciting and rewarding career in the Clinical Laboratory. The Medical Laboratory Science Online 2+2 track provides current Medical Laboratory Technicians an opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree while continuing to work.
Medical Laboratory Scientists are an integral part of the healthcare team and aid in the diagnosis of patients through scientific analysis of human samples to yield diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, students who are interested in a pre-medical track with the intention of applying to a medical school after graduation may also pursue this major.
Graduates will be prepared to enter the field with a rich and diversified skill set enabling employment in a variety of laboratories, such as medical and hospital, forensic, pharmaceutical, drug trial, veterinary, physician offices, food and beverage, and other lab-related career fields.
Program Director: Jeanette Norris, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Certification is a voluntary process; however, most employers prefer to hire certified practitioners. After graduation, graduates of the Thomas University BS in Medical Laboratory Science are eligible to sit for exams to certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Certification is not licensure, however, there are currently 10 states and 1 territory with laboratory personnel licensure requirements (California, Hawaii, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Montana). Puerto Rico also has licensure. The components of the law vary state-to-state, but usually includes an annual licensing fee (some are bi-annual), national certification, a provision for continuing education, a minimum education, and professional competency requirements.
Completion of the TU BS in Medical Laboratory Science does not guarantee that a graduate will meet a state’s educational requirements for licensure. If a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) plans to locate in a state with licensure, that state should be contacted for specific information relative to that state’s laboratory practice act. This contact should be made as early as possible after the location decision has been made.
Check with other states regarding reciprocity; most give reciprocity for another state license as stringent or more stringent than that state. Please review the document below for specific information
|Graduates (actual number)
|Percent of students who began the "final half" of the program during the given time period and have since graduated
|*Placement Rate of students who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their
education within one year of graduation
|ASCP Exam Pass Rates of students who sat for the ASCP BOC exam within first year of graduation
The 2+2 Medical Laboratory Science program is an online bridge program designed for the medical laboratory technician who has previously earned an associate degree from a NAACLS-accredited MLT/CLT program and holds current MLT certification. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher to be admitted to the program. Students are accepted each semester. Once accepted, students begin a structured curriculum of online courses and competency-based clinical experiences. Students graduating with the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Thomas University will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination at the Medical Laboratory Scientist level.
“This is my second semester at TU. Prior to TU, I had only taken one class online. I was a little uneasy about taking a couple of years’ worth since I’m an older student, but I am truly impressed with my instructors. I know I made the right decision for my MLS degree. I have found all to be professional yet very willing to help a student. ”
– Kimberly W. Fanning, MLT (ASCP)
Transfer students must meet the following core curriculum requirements. Students may transfer in courses or complete them at Thomas University.
Total Credits 120
CIP Code 51.1099
A degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science includes a course of scientific study related to biology as it affects healthcare. It is designed as a degree completion program for students who have earned an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and do not intend to take the MLS (ASCP) BOC exam by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists via route 1. Other MT certifications may be taken after completing this degree.
Total Credits 122
CIP Code 26.0102
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Admissions Office, Thomas University, 1501 Millpond Road, Thomasville, GA 31792
Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED.Students with prior college credit and those applying to the 2+2 program must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. You can order transcripts from prior colleges here.
Students applying to the MLS 2+2 program who have recently completed their program can be admitted and begin working toward their bachelor's degree. However, they must pass the MLT exam within two semesters. Once accepted into the major courses, the program director will work with you to secure the necessary additional documents.
Admission to the MLS program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students pursuing the Biomedical Laboratory Science program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Program Director and Clinical Coordinator:
Jeanette Norris, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Dawn Williamson, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Jessica Hoernemann MS, MLS (ASCP)cm
Phyllis Ingham EdD, MEd., MLS (ASCP), AHI (AMT)
Rebecca James, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Hind Kurbaj, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Georgia Smith, M.Ed., MBA, MLS (ASCP)
Rebecca Stratford, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm