When deciding the number of classes that you will be taking online each semester, it is important to keep in mind that online courses typically require more of your time than traditional on-campus courses. Students familiar with on-campus courses usually take a full course load of 11 to 18 credit hours each semester. For the online student, a full load is not recommended. We recommend that you begin the online MLT program by taking six to eight (6-8) credit hours per semester, especially because most students are employed full-time in a clinical laboratory while completing the degree.
After a semester or two in the online program, you may feel that you can add additional credit hours to your schedule.
Creating Your Schedule
We suggest that you develop a semester-by-semester plan of courses with your MLT program advisor. Pay special attention to the prerequisites that are required for any of the MLT classes.
- Begin by taking MLS 1001 Online Orientation for AAS degree (1) F, S, Su.
- MICR 1113 General Microbiology (3 credits, offered F, S, Su) is a prerequisite for MLS 2212 and 2214 Clinical Microbiology I and II.
- CHEM 1110 Elementary Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM 1120 Elementary Organic/Biochemistry (5 credits, offered F, S, Su) are prerequisites for MLS 2211 and 2213 Clinical Chemistry I and II.
- If you decide to take any of your support or core general education requirements at a local college or university, be sure to check with WSUs transfer guide for course equivalency, or to submit an equivalency request, BEFORE taking the course locally.