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 MLS 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 MLS program advisor. Pay special attention to the prerequisites that are required for any of the MLS classes.
- Begin by taking MLS 3301 Online Orientation for BS degree (2) F, S, Su.
- MICR 3603 Advanced Microbiology for the Health Professional (3 credits, offered F, S, Su) is a prerequisite for MLS 3316 Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics.
- CHEM 1110 Elementary Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM 1120 Elementary Organic/Biochemistry (5 credits, offered F, S, Su) are prerequisites for MLS 3314 Advanced Clinical Chemistry.
- 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.