Lab Competency Requirements

Most of the MLS online theory courses have two major components:

  1. The didactic ("lecture") content, which is delivered online using various instructional approaches.
  2. 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 for each course listed below. You will work closely with a mentor in your laboratory who has agreed to be available to answer questions, evaluate core laboratory competencies and assist you as needed. Laboratory competencies should not be performed during your working hours but on your own time.

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 the laboratory. At the end of each course, the mentor provides the MLS department with a completed competency list, including comments on your performance.

Check the course requirements for the AAS and the BS degree programs to see which courses you must take. Click on each course for a PDF file that lists the corresponding lab competencies:

 

Breakdown of the minimum total required hours for each MLS class:

AAS Program Courses:

Credits

Minimum required lab hours over semester

MLS 1113 Introduction to Laboratory Practices

4

64 hours minimum

MLS 1114 Principles of Hematology & Hemostasis

4

64 hours minimum

MLS 2211 Principles of Clinical Chemistry I

5

80 hours minimum

MLS 2213 Principles of Clinical Chemistry II

5

80 hours minimum

MLS 2212 Principles of Clinical Microbiology I

4

80 hours minimum

MLS 2214 Principles of Clinical Microbiology II    

4

80 hours minimum

MLS 2210 Principles of Immunohematology           

5

80 hours minimum

 

 

BS Program Courses:

Credits

Minimum required lab hours over semester

MLS 3310 Advanced Immunohematology

4

64 hours minimum

MLS 3313 Advanced Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis

4

64 hours minimum

MLS 3316 Advanced Clinical Micro and Molecular Diagnostics

4

*80 – 120 hours minimum

*Note: if the student is currently working in microbiology, they may complete the laboratory competency in 80 hours. However; if they have not been working in microbiology, they may need to spend a minimum of 120 hours.