Non-Degree Course Offerings

Non-Degree MLS courses

The department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers educational courses in all of the major disciplines to prepare entry-level and advanced practitioners looking to advance their careers or reassess their knowledge base.  The courses cover the same material as our NAACLS accredited degree program classes and have an excellent reputation for preparing students through the continuum of clinical laboratory science career options, and providing knowledge and skills to help achieve career goals.

These courses do not have a laboratory component and students are not required to be employed in a medical laboratory.  A proctor or a secure testing site is required for online examination integrity.

A word of caution, if you are from the state of California, we recently received word from California Laboratory Field Services that they will no longer accept MLS 5103 Clinical Micro I, MLS 5104 Clinical Micro II, MLS 5810 Clinical Micro and MLS 5101 Clinical Chemistry as prerequisites for their CLS training programs.  Please contact California Lab Field services for acceptable alternatives. 

The application process to take these courses is very simple. For information regarding the process, use the links to the right.

The  courses are designed for students who are not seeking a degree in MLS through Weber State University.

Courses Offered

  • MLS 5101. Applications in Clinical Chemistry in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    (4 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semesters

Concepts, methods and clinical correlation of clinical chemistry tests are presented. Emphasis is on testing methods and quality control practices covering carbohydrates, bilirubin, non-protein nitrogen, electrolytes, proteins, lipids, enzymes, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology, and endocrinology. These topics will include clinical correlation with diseases, allowing students to understand conditions in which abnormal results and or data might be obtained. 

  • MLS 5102. Applications in Hematology and Hemostasis
    (3 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semesters

This course covers the concepts, analytical methods and clinical correlation of hematology and hemostasis as it applies to the medical laboratory.  In addition to normal functions, the topics will include clinical correlation with various hematological and hemostatic disease processes. Current testing and instrumentation will be included as well as regulatory and competency information. 

  • MLS 5103. Clinical Laboratory Microbiology I
    (3 credits) Offered: fall semester

This course provides an in-depth coverage of diagnostic bacteriology including bacterial structures, bacterial metabolism, taxonomy, Gram staining, media selection and composition, colony morphology, and biochemical testing used for identifying pathogens. The organisms covered in this course are aerobic Gram-positive cocci, aerobic Gram-negative diplococci, and aerobic Gram-negative rods. For each of these organisms, the epidemiology, pathogenicity, and procedures for traditional laboratory identification will be covered.

  • MLS 5104. Clinical Laboratory Microbiology II
    (3 credits) Offered: spring semester

    This course is a continuation of MLS 5103 although it can be taken separately. Topics covered will include antimicrobials, aerobic Gram-positive rods, spirochetes, anaerobes, mycobacteria, obligate intracellular parasites, viruses, parasites along with fungus and molds. For each of these organisms, the epidemiology, pathogenicity, and procedures for traditional laboratory identification will be covered.

  • MLS 5105. Laboratory Applications in Immunohematology (Blood Bank)
    (3 credits) Offered: spring and summer semester

    Online lecture covering the theory and principles of Immunohematology relevant to blood group serology , antibody detection and identification, compatibility testing, component preparation and therapy in blood transfusion service, quality control parameters, donor screening and phlebotomy, transfusion reactions and hemolytic disease of the newborn. This course is for MLS or MLT professionals who would like to update their didactic skills and knowledge in immunohematology as it is practiced in today’s hospitals and clinics. Please note: this course is not considered immunology. If you need an immunology course, please see MICR 3203 listed below.

  • MICRO 3203. The Immune System in Health and Disease (Immunology)
    (3 credits) Offered: fall, spring, and summer semester

This course will focus on the study of the human immune system and its role in health and disease. The course topics include the innate and adaptive immune responses and their role in host defense as well as immunodeficiency and hypersensitivity responses. Manipulation of the immune system through pharmacological means, vaccination or transplantation will also be studied.

If you have questions regarding these courses, please contact:

Cindi Kranek BS, MLS (ASCP)CM
MLS Online Academic Advisor
Office: 801-626-8546
800-848-7770, ext. 8546
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