Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions

Medical Laboratory Science: Online Fast-Track Program

Format: Online Program (open to South Carolina residents only)

The Medical Laboratory Science Online Fast-Track program is available to South Carolina residents who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field and have a GPA of 2.5 overall and within the sciences. The program consists of an online didactic component and a training experience in a clinical laboratory. It provides students with a high-quality academic and professional environment. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements for a professional certification exam at the 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.  Georgia Southern University works in conjunction with the South Carolina Hospital Association to provide clinical sites for student’s training. Students must maintain training support at an approved clinical facility while enrolled in the program. South Carolina students of this program are also eligible to receive tuition assistance, as well as clinical training support from some South Carolina hospitals.

Format: Online Program (open to Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or Chemistry)

The Medical Laboratory Science Online Fast-Track program is also available to students who have completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or Chemistry and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater overall and within the sciences. Students eligible for this program currently work in a hospital laboratory setting.  We will require a Statement of Support Form from the hospital/clinical site. Prior to admittance into the program the hospital/clinical site must be approved.  The program consists of an online didactic component and a training experience in an approved clinical laboratory.  This program provides students with a high-quality academic and professional environment. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements for a professional certification exam at the 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.

Document: Statement of Support from current employer (clinical/hospital site)

Admission

Medical Laboratory Science Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be accepted by Georgia Southern University.
  • Applicants must apply and pay for the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) Application. Information located on the Medical Laboratory Science Home Page.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater overall and in all sciences.
  • All Core courses (including AREA D and AREA F) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to program admission.
  • Applicants who have applied for grade forgiveness or academic renewal will have their transcripts evaluated on a case by case basis in accordance with university policies.
  • Other applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria may be considered under special circumstances.
  • Additionally, there may be program specific requirements that may need to be met.

Program of Study

The program has been designed to ensure graduates have the necessary knowledge and professional skills to provide essential clinical information to healthcare providers and assure reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Students are required to complete 124 credits for the degree, with a minimum of 60 credits in medical laboratory science courses.

General Requirements (Core Areas A, B, C, and E)

Core Area D for Clinical Health Majors 

  • CHEM 1211 – Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 1212 – Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
  • MATH 2200 – Elementary Statistics

Core Area F – Courses for Major 

  • BIOL 1107 – Principles of Biology I and Lab
  • BIOL 2081 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
  • BIOL 2082 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
  • CHEM 2400 – Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Other approved courses (e.g., biology, chemistry, computer science

Related Field Courses 

  • BIOL 2010 – Microbiology and Lab
  • HLPR 2000 – Research in the Health Professions

Physical Education (3 hours)

Major Field Courses (54 hours)

  • MEDT 3100 – Urinalysis and Body Fluids  (2 credits)
  • MEDT 3200 – Clinical Bacteriology  (5 credits)
  • MEDT 3300 – Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis  (5 credits)
  • MEDT 3400 – Clinical Immunohematology  (5 credits)
  • MEDT 3500 – Clinical Chemistry  (5 credits)
  • MEDT 3600 – Clinical Laboratory Methodologies and Molecular Diagnostics  (3 credits)
  • MEDT 3700 – Clinical Immunology  (3 credits)
  • MEDT 3800 – Clinical Microbiology  (3 credits)
  • MEDT 4115 – Clinical Practicum  (15 credits)
  • MEDT 4600 – Clinical Pathways & Critical Decision-Making  (5 credits)
  • MEDT 4900- Laboratory Management and Education  (3 credits)

Related Field Courses (6 hours)

  • BIOL 2010 – Principles of Microbiology  (4 credits)
  • HLPR 2000 – Intro Research in Health Professions  (2 credits)

Total Semester Hours (124 hours)

See course descriptions

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Last updated: 10/15/2020

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

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