/*Slick slideshow*/
skip to content
  • Calendar
  • Maps



Medical Laboratory Sciences


Our online programs require a laboratory component to meet our Department's standards in Medical Laboratory Sciences education. 

Below you will find checklists for each required laboratory component and additional information regarding laboratory hours and securing a laboratory space off campus.


  before you begin, know what will be required of our online laboratory component 

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

1) The didactic "lecture" content. This is delivered online using various instructional approaches; and 
2) The laboratory component. This is to be completed concurrently with the class in the laboratory where you are employed, or where you have found clinical support. In either scenario, please be sure to visit and submit a Statement of Support with your application. 

A detailed list of laboratory competencies is provided for each course listed below. With the laboratory setting you have chosen, you will work closely with a mentor 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 off the time clock.

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.

below, you will find a course link for each PDF file that lists the corresponding lab competencies  

each course will require a minimum total of required laboratory hours  

Students enrolled in this program may (depending on the program of choice) complete various projects emphasizing workload recording, test method validation, procedure manual evaluation, CAP and CLIA requirements, and instrument selection. 

To complete these projects, the student will need access to procedure manuals, laboratory data, instrument validation data, and (on occasion) utilize laboratory instruments from the supporting facility. Students should NOT work on these projects as a part of their regular work duties.

Minimum Clinical Competency Hours required for each WSU MLS course: Please note that the hours listed are a minimum and that the goal of the clinical experience is for the laboratory mentor to feel comfortable with the student's performance at the entry level. Students must pass the competency checklist in order to be deemed competent and pass their courses. If more time is needed than the minimum, the student should expect to spend additional time.


Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate Course Credits Minimum semester required lab hours
MLS 1010: Core Clinical Practices 4 64 hours


Associate of Applied Science Program Courses Credits Minimum semester required lab hours
MLS 1113: Introduction to Laboratory Practices 4 64 hours
MLS 1114: Principles of Hematology & Hemostasis 4 64 hours
MLS 2211: Principles of Clinical Chemistry I 4 80 hours
MLS 2212: Principles of Clinical Microbiology I 5 80 hours
MLS 2213: Principles of Clinical Chemistry II 4 80 hours
MLS 2214: Principles of Clinical Microbiology II 5 80 hours
MLS 2210: Principles of Immunohematology 5 80 hours


Bachelor Science Program Courses Credits Minimum semester required lab hours
MLS 3310: Advanced Immunohematology 4 64 hours
MLS 3313: Advanced Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis 4 64 hours
MLS 3314: Advanced Clinical Chemistry 4 40 hours
MLS 3316: Advanced Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics 4 80–120 hours*
*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.


Technologist in Microbiology Certificate Courses Credits Minimum semester required lab hours
MLS 5204: Supervised Clinical Experience 4 160 hours