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MLS Online Program Statement of Support

Click to download the Statement of Support. This document must be completed and attached to the MLS Online Program Application. 

About the Statement of Support:

The Medical Laboratory Science Online Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). WSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The lecture and background for the MLS courses is given in an online classroom. Coursework will be completed according to the timeline included in each course syllabus. Laboratory skills are learned, practiced, and perfected to the required level of competency in the supporting laboratory while working with a qualified mentor.  Students must complete their MLS classes and laboratory competencies within the semester timeframe. Please refer to the chart below for a list of the minimum required hours for each discipline (some B.S. level classes are project based). The laboratory component of the program must be completed at the student’s work facility or other approved clinical site.  For this to take place, a legal affiliation agreement between the supporting laboratory and WSU must be completed. The assistance of a mentor or other facilitator will be required. The facilitator will not serve as a full-time clinical instructor, but should be available to answer questions, evaluate core laboratory competencies, and give valuable assistance as needed. Various mentors may be utilized depending on the organization and the size of the facility.



Students enrolled in this program may (dependent 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.

Laboratory Competencies

Minimum Clinical Competency Hours required for each WSU MLS Course: Please note that 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. 


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.