Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions


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*Offered Online

How many students are admitted into the program?

The program is fairly competitive, favoring those students with higher GPAs.
Traditional Track – (approx.  20-25 students)
MLS Online Fast Track (SC Residents & Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or Chemistry)  – (approx. 10-12 students)
MLT-MLS(career ladder) – (Unlimited)

When is the application deadline?

Students desiring acceptance to all of the programs in medical laboratory science should make application to the Department before March 1 for the August class.

What are your admission policies and procedure?

Currently enrolled Georgia Southern University students must also meet the requirements for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program and apply separately to the department. Transfer students must be accepted to the university with regular admission status. Certified associate degree medical laboratory scientists must also meet this requirement and may receive transfer credit for prerequisite core courses taken at other institutions.

What is the MLT-MLS Online Career Ladder program?
The Department offers a Career-Ladder online program to enable certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) to advance their education. It is open only to students with MLT credentials and it provides students with a high quality academic and professional environment allowing for the development of their intellectual and manipulative competencies and attainment of professional values and characteristics. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements to sit for a professional certification examination at the “technologist” level, to qualify for employment in a variety of settings, and to progress within clinical laboratory science to education, supervision, or management positions.
What is the Fast Track program?

The Department offers a fast track online program. Format: Online Program (open to South Carolina residents only): It is open only to South Carolina residents who have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or a closely related field. In addition, this program requires completion of microbiology and organic or biochemistry before admission. The student must be supported by a clinical facility (e.g. hospital) that will serve as the clinical rotation site.

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. Typically, students who apply to this track currently work in a hospital/clinical setting. We will require a Statement of Support from the hospital/clinical site. Prior to admittance into the program the hospital/clinical site must be approved.

Will my MLS professional course credits transfer?

MLS professional course credits transfer only as electives. General education credits do transfer. You must make sure to take transferable courses, particularly in chemistry and biology. Your college advisor knows which courses are transferable.

What are the admission requirements?

Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.4 or more. Satisfactory completion of the Regent’s Testing Program if applicable. Completion and/or credit for: a minimum of 20 semester hours biological science to include microbiology; a minimum of 12 semester hours of chemistry, to include general and organic and/or biochemistry; and a minimum of two college mathematics courses (statistics is highly recommended). Science course (chemistry and biology) average of 2.5 or better with no more than one required science course with a grade of “D.”

All prerequisite science (chemistry and biological science) courses are restricted to courses applicable to a major in those fields or medical laboratory science, according to the curriculum requirements of the academic institution where the course or courses were taken. Remedial courses do not qualify.

Can I be accepted before I have completed all my prerequisites?

Yes but they must be completed before you start in the fall unless arrangement with the department head was secured.

Is there a separate application to the Medical Laboratory Science Program?

Yes. Students should complete an application to the Medical Laboratory Science program, and have official transcripts, any certification scores, and two letters of reference sent to the department.

What are the essentials functions?

In addition to the academic requirements for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program, there are essential functions required for completion of the program. They are basic and essential requirements that may also be necessary to be able to obtain employment in the field of medical technology.

Is health insurance required?

All students accepted into the program are required to submit complete health history forms, evidence of health insurance, and evidence of liability insurance prior to participation in clinical experiences.

I have a BS degree, what are my options?

You may be entitled to second BS degree from Georgia Southern University.

What is required for international students?

Foreign Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to Georgia Southern University as outlined in the University’s catalog and the NAACLS requirements, if applicable. Foreign applicants to Medical Laboratory Science program at Georgia Southern are advised to communicate with the department head before arranging for foreign transcript evaluation. If a student desiring to major in medical laboratory science already has a degree from a foreign university and desires to base his/her eligibility for national certification on this degree, the student must have the official transcript evaluated by one of several acceptable agencies. For an approved listing contact the MLS program director.

A student whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score a minimum of 523 on the written test (or a minimum of 193 on the computer-based TOEFL) for consideration for admission to the Department.

Do you accept part-time students?

Yes, however such action may delay completion of the program and graduation. Students must complete the professional course work within three consecutive years from the date of initial admission to the medical laboratory science degree program.

Do I have to travel to a clinical site?

Yes. Students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the clinical sites. Due to the limited number of clinical sites in Savannah, it will be necessary to assign students to clinical sites outside of Savannah. Students who desire to complete their clinical rotations at facilities not in Savannah should let the program director know in writing no later than the end of the fall semester.

Where are your clinical sites?
The clinical practicum is a structured clinical laboratory experience, where students integrate theory and application under supervision in various areas of the clinical laboratory. The 6-month practicum internship starts in late May/Early June to mid November. A practicum schedule based on required contact hours for each individual course will be prepared for each student. Students are required to adhere to this schedule unless specified otherwise by the program director and/or clinical coordinator. Clinical practicum’s are provided in the laboratories of St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, and Memorial Health University Medical Center located in Savannah, Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, Medical University of South Carolina, and others as necessary.
If relocated to a clinical site outside Savannah, am I responsible for paying the extra living expenses?

Yes. Students are responsible for their own living expenses. Some clinical sites may offer stipends.

What do I do after being accepted?

After acceptance, but prior to initial enrollment in the department, students will be required to submit a medical report which includes a physical examination and verification of immunization, sign a declaration form relating to Hepatitis B, provide evidence of accident/health insurance coverage and submit payment for malpractice liability insurance.

Students accepted into the department will be required to submit a $50.00 non-refundable reservation fee to accept the offer of admission and a check for malpractice liability insurance. The amount will be noted in the letter of acceptance.

What is NAACLS?

NAACLS stands for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. It is committed to being the agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.

Is your program accredited?

Yes, by NAACLS.

Do I have to take a licensing exam after I graduate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination of the Board of Certification for Medical Laboratory Scientists of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Is it okay to have a “C” in a science class and still be accepted into the program?

Yes. Students are allowed only one “D” in area F.

Is it okay to have a “D” in a medical laboratory science course?

Students must earn a C or better in each medical laboratory science course. A student may repeat a single medical technology course only one time (at the next offering, provided space is available). Students who fail to earn a C or better in a repeated medical laboratory science course, or who fail to earn a C in a subsequent medical laboratory science course, will be dismissed from the program with no possibility of readmission.

Can I find a job with this degree?

Yes! There is a great need for medical laboratory scientists in a variety of health care settings and students usually have several job opportunities upon graduation. Please read the Career Information Section on our website.

Are there opportunities to further my education in Medical Laboratory Science?

Yes. Graduate degrees are available in the sciences, education, business and health administration.

Will I be able to work full/part time while in the program and still be successful?

This depends on the student. We do not have a policy against employment while in the program.

What is a typical day like in the program?
In the first two semesters, classes and labs are offered Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm. In the last two semesters, students follow their assigned clinical site schedule.

​Terms of the Medical Laboratory

Chemistry is filled with fascinating, state-of-the art technology which helps laboratory professionals to quickly analyze the chemical composition of blood and body fluids. Some of the tests performed in the chemistry section include glucose testing (aids in the diagnosis of diabetes), cholesterol and drug testing.

Cytology is the study of human cells. This is where cell samples are examined to detect early signs of cancer and other diseases. One of the principle functions is the detection of cancer of the cervix (the familiar “PAP” smear).

Hematology counts, describes and identifies cells in blood and other body fluids. The slightest change in shape or size or number of cells will tell these skilled laboratory professionals if you are anemic or have leukemia.

Histology evaluates cells in tissues and organs. The histotechnologist also helps the pathologist with such complex tasks as fine needle biopsies (a special procedure that collects tissue from lesions) and autopsies (to determine the cause of death).

Immunology is the study of the body’s response to viruses or allergy-causing agents. This area is responsible for many tests of the efficiency of the human immune system.

Microbiology tracks down and identifies disease-causing bacteria, parasites or viruses. These laboratory professionals will use growth characteristics in artificial media, chemical testing and slide identification to determine which medications will work against the infections.

Phlebotomy is the collection and processing of blood and other specimens. After processing, the samples are distributed to different areas of the laboratory for analysis.

Transfusion Medicine supplies all the blood products that are necessary for the treatment of many types of blood disorders, including anemias and blood clotting disorders. Each blood unit is individually typed for blood group, screened for antibodies and tested for contagious diseases.

Virology is where tests for viral and Chlamydial disease are performed. Tests are designed to detect the virus (antigen detection) or the body’s defense to a virus (antibody detection). Some of the the frequent tests are for Herpes Simplex Virus, hepatitis B antibody test, Measles (Rubeola) immunity status and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) antibody screening (the “AIDS” test).


Last updated: 1/15/2019

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

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