Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions

Medical Laboratory Science Program

Program Links
*located on the Armstrong campus

Join the largest medical laboratory science program in the state of Georgia with a highly successful record of graduates receiving board certification!

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Degree

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 124

With a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Georgia Southern University, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to begin your career as a medical laboratory scientist. In this program, you’ll train in various lab areas, including hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical chemistry and urinalysis.

As the number of aging adults dramatically increases in the United States, the need for medical lab scientists will also grow. You’ll be a vital part of the healthcare system, providing laboratory data to assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in infectious disease monitoring and prevention.

The traditional Medical Laboratory Science degree program track is well-suited to entering freshmen, transfer students and students with a bachelor degree in biology, chemistry or related science field). At the end of your program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board exams. 

Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort will open on November 15, 2020. You may only apply to one program and there is a $95.00 application fee. If you apply to more than one program, the application with the earliest time and date will be the one that you will be considered for. If you apply to a second program, you will be charged an extra $95.00 fee that is non-refundable. Only apply if you will have all your prerequisites completed by the end of Summer 2021. If you would like to view and apply to the program, please visit https://ahcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

Medical Laboratory Science Online Degree Completion

In addition to the traditional track, Georgia Southern offers online degree-completion options for students currently working in the medical laboratory science field.

Online Career Ladder
Medical Laboratory Science Program

Format: Online

The online Career-Ladder track enables certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) to advance their education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science. The online track is limited to those with certified MLT credentials who are currently employed at an approved clinical site. It provides students with a high-quality academic and professional environment, allowing for the development of critical thinking skills and professional values and characteristics.

The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements for a professional certification examination at the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) level. Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program will qualify for employment in a variety of settings, and can progress within the clinical laboratory science field to education, supervision or management positions. Students in this track must maintain training support at an approved clinical facility while enrolled in the program.

With a completion time of just 16 months and high demand in the job market, this nationally accredited program truly offers a fast track to your career. Our graduates have a very successful record of achieving board certification.

Applications for the Fall 2021 MLT-MLS Online and SC/BS Fast Track cohort will open November 15, 2020 and close July 1, 2021. Admission to the program is open until all seats are filled. You may only apply to one program and there is a $95.00 application fee. If you apply to more than one program, the application with the earliest time and date will be the one that you will be considered for. If you apply to a second program, you will be charged an extra $95.00 fee that is non-refundable. Only apply if you will have all your prerequisites completed by the end of Summer 2020. If you would like to view and apply to the program, please visit https://ahcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Online Fast-Track
Medical Laboratory Science Program

Format: Online

The Medical Laboratory Science Online Fast-Track program is also available to students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry or a related field. Typically, students who apply to this track currently work in a hospital/clinical setting. A Statement of Support Form from the hospital/clinical site is required. Prior to admittance into the program, the hospital/clinical site must be approved. Students in this track must maintain training support at an approved clinical facility while enrolled in the program.

The Medical Laboratory Online South Carolina Fast-track program is available to South Carolina residents only who have completed a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry or a related field. Working in conjunction with the South Carolina Hospital Association, students accepted into this track will be assigned a clinical site. South Carolina students of this program maybe eligible to receive tuition assistance, as well as clinical training support in some South Carolina hospitals.

The Online Fast-Track Medical Laboratory Science degree program consists of an online didactic component and a training experience in an approved clinical laboratory. You’ll receive high-quality academic training within a professional environment and will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements for a professional certification exam at the MLS level.

Applications for the Fall 2021 MLT-MLS Online and SC/BS Fast Track cohort will open November 15, 2020 and close July 1, 2021. Admission to the program is open until all seats are filled. You may only apply to one program and there is a $95.00 application fee. If you apply to more than one program, the application with the earliest time and date will be the one that you will be considered for. If you apply to a second program, you will be charged an extra $95.00 fee that is non-refundable. Only apply if you will have all your prerequisites completed by the end of Summer 2020. If you would like to view and apply to the program, please visit https://ahcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Careers in Medical Laboratory Science

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program will qualify for employment in a variety of settings, and can progress within the medical laboratory science field to education, supervision or management positions. Jobs in the medical laboratory science field include:

  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Dialysis technician
  • Microbiology technician
  • Clinical laboratory manager
  • Medical examiner
  • Pathologist assistant
  • Forensic scientist
  • CDC or government researcher

Professional License Disclosure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Medical Laboratory Scientist.

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online Career Ladder, Fast Track, and MLT-MLS academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for Medical Laboratory Scientist license or certificate, click to check the requirements of your state or territory.  

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Science program at Georgia Southern University is accredited by:

NAACLS

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: 773-714-8880
FAX: 773-714-8886
email: info@naacls.org
Website: http://www.naacls.org

Since 1990, the program has received continuing accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Do You Have Questions? Contact Us!

Medical Laboratory Science
Georgia Southern University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Armstrong Campus -Armstrong Center 226
Phone: 912-344-2549
Fax: 912-344-3472
For additional information email: medlab@georgiasouthern.edu

Keith Belcher, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 912-344-2975
Email: kbelcher@georgiasouthern.edu


For all Online Programs:

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Last updated: 7/29/2020

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Dept # 4901
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419