The online MLS program consists of both theory and project-based courses. See the WSU Course Catalog for a short description of each course.
Most of the MLS online theory courses have two major components:
- The didactic ("lecture") content, which is delivered online using various instructional approaches
- The laboratory component, which is to be completed concurrently with the class, in the laboratory where you are employed
A detailed list of laboratory competencies is provided with each course. You will work closely with a mentor in your laboratory who has agreed to be available to answer questions, evaluate core laboratory competencies and give assistance as needed. The role of the mentor is not to serve as a full-time clinical instructor. Various mentors may be utilized depending on the size of your laboratory. At the end of each course, the mentor provides the MLS department with a completed competency list, including comments on your performance.
Credit Hour Requirements
A total of 129 credit hours is required for graduation (includes those courses required for an AAS in CLS); 67 of these are required MLS courses, 33 are required support courses, and 29 are required general education courses.
Refer to the General Requirements for Bachelor of Science degree requirements. General education requirements for the BS degree can be taken prior to or concurrently with the MLS program. However, you must complete all BS general education requirements to earn the MLS degree. In addition to the Support Courses Required, which are listed toward the bottom of this page, the remaining general education requirements can be fulfilled by taking the required credit hours in the following areas:
- 6 credit hours Composition
- 3 credit hours Quantitative Literacy
- 3 credit hours American Institutions
- 9 credit hours Creative Arts & Humanities
- 4 credit hours Computer Literacy
- 6 credit hours Social Sciences
Some requirements may be met by ACT, CLEP, and/or AP scores as designated by the University (contact the Admissions Office for more information).
Course Requirements for BS Degree
You must be accepted into the online MLS program to enroll in any of these courses. Following each course is a note as to which semester it is offered: F=fall, S=spring, Su=summer.
The following list of MLS courses is intending for those students who expect to continue working as clinical laboratory scientists. For pre-med, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian, and other pre-professional students, please contact the MLS Online Program Coordinator or your MLS advisor for a revised MLS pre-professional curriculum.
MLS Required Courses
35 credit hours
- MLS 3301 Online Orientation for BS degree (1) F, S, Su
- MLS 3302 Advanced Clinical Lab Practices I (4) S, SU
- MLS 3311 Advanced Immunohematology (3) F, S
- MLS 3313 Advanced Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis (4) F, S
- MLS 3314 Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3) F, S
- MLS 3316 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (4) F, S
- MLS 4411 MLS Simulated Laboratory I (4) F, S
- MLS 4412 MLS Simulated Laboratory II (4) S, Su
- MLS 4409 Clinical Correlation (1) F, S, Su
- MLS 4414 Laboratory Teaching/Supervision I (2) F, S, Su
- MLS 4417 Laboratory Teaching/Supervision II (1) F, S, Su
- MLS 4801 Research Projects in CLS I (1) F
- MLS 4802 Research Projects in CLS II (1) S
- MLS 4453 Supervised Clinical Experience I* (1)
- MLS 4454 Supervised Clinical Experience II* (1)
Support Required Courses
25 credit hours (each of the following are offered F, S, Su)
- CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry (5)
- CHEM 1120 Elementary Organic/Biochemistry(5)
- HTHS 1110 Biomedical Core (4)
- HTHS 1111 Biomedical Core (4)
- MICR 3203 Immunology (3)
OR HTHS 3328 Pathophysiology of Cells/Tissues (2)
and HTHS 3329 Pathophysiology of Organs/Systems (2)
- MICR 3603 Advanced Microbiology for Health Profession (3)
*For Supervised Clinical Experience courses (MLS 4453 and 4454), you will be given credit as an online student for previous experience gained while you have been employed in your clinical laboratory facility. One or two semesters prior to graduation, you will receive a letter and application form to apply for credit for these two classes. A recording fee of $10 must be submitted with your application form.
Refer to the WSU current course catalog for course descriptions. This curriculum pattern is subject to revision and is not an academic contract. See your advisor to make sure you are choosing the proper courses.