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BS Course Requirements

MLS Online Courses

The online MLS program consists of both theory and project-based courses. See the WSU course catalog for a short description of each course.

Three 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 you have found clinical support. 

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.  

In addition to those courses, there are several other BS program courses that require students to complete project-based assignments in the laboratory. 

Credit Hour Requirements

A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation which includes: the MLS courses, support courses, and general education courses. General education and support course requirements for the BS degree can be taken prior to or concurrently with the MLS program.  However, students must be accepted into the Online BS program before starting any MLS courses, with the exception of MLS 3001 Online Orientation for BS degree.






General Education

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.  The general education requirements are as follows:

  • 6 credit hours Composition
  • 3 credit hours Quantitative Literacy
  • 3 credit hours American Institutions
  • 9 credit hours Creative Arts & Humanities
  • 1 credit hour Information Literacy
  • 6 credit hours Social Sciences
  • 9 credit hours Physical / Life Sciences
  • 3 credit hours Diversity

Some requirements may be met by ACT, CLEP, and/or AP scores as designated by the University (contact the Admissions Office for more information).



Support Required Courses

24 credit hours (each of the following are offered F, S, Su)

  • CHEM 1110  Elementary Chemistry (5)
  • CHEM 1120  Elementary Organic/Biochemistry(5)
  • HTHS 1110   Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • HTHS 1111   Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • MICR  1113   Introductory Microbiology or equivalent (3)
  • MICR 3603    Advanced Microbiology for Health Profession (3)  
    • or HIM 3200 Epidemiology & Biostatistics (3)
    • or HAS 4400 Legal/Ethical Aspects in Health Administration (3)



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

42 credit hours

  • MLS 3301  Online Orientation for BS degree (2) F, S, Su
  • MLS 3302  Biostatistics, Research & Laboratory Practices (4)  F, S, Su
  • MLS 3310  Advanced Clinical Immunohematology (4)  F, S  
  • MLS 3312  Clinical Lab Immunology/Virology (4) F, S, Su
  • MLS 3313  Advanced Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis (4)  F, S ,Su
  • MLS 3314  Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3)  F, S, Su
  • MLS 3316  Advanced Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics (4)  F, S (will be offered Summer semester starting Summer 2019)
  • MLS 4411  MLS Simulated Laboratory I (4)  F, S
  • MLS 4412  MLS Simulated Laboratory II (4)  S, Su
  • MLS 4415  Laboratory Teaching/Supervision I (3)  F, Su   
  • MLS 4409 Clinical Correlation (1) F, S
  • MLS 4410 Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams (3) F, S, Su
  • MLS 4453  Supervised Clinical Experience I* (1)
    • Credit given for clinical experience
  • MLS 4454  Supervised Clinical Experience II* (1) 
    • Credit given for clinical experience




*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.