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Online MLT and MLS Program Admissions 

The Medical Laboratory Sciences Online Program offers two NAACLS accredited degree programs, the Associate of Applied Science MLT program (AAS program), and the Bachelor of Science MLS/MT program (BS program).  Our online programs offer individuals who are currently employed by, or have access to, a medical laboratory an opportunity to complete an Associate of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences within their own clinical setting, utilizing a variety of online instructional approaches.  Upon successful completion of our degree programs, students are eligible to sit for the ASCP certification exam via route one for MLT or MLS, depending on program completed. 

Please note that our degree programs are structured as a 2+2 format in that students must first complete our AAS MLT program followed by the BS MLS program. Students who are already MLT (ASCP) certified are eligible for the BS MLS program. In lieu of an MLT (ASCP) certification, we also accept MT (AMT) and MT (AAB). Some other state certifications are also acceptable.

It is critical that all parts of your application be completed and all required items submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please follow all 5 steps on the application checklist to ensure a complete application.

 



 
 

Criteria

Acceptance into the online AAS or BS MLS programs are based on the following criteria:

  • Currently residing in a WSU authorized state.
    Check availability : State Authorization
  • Admission to Weber State University
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Successful completion of 20 college credits and at least 3 support courses:
    • CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry (Inorganic) 5 credits
    • CHEM 1120 Elementary Organic/Biochemistry 5 credits
    • HTHS 1110 Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credits
    • HTHS 1111 Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
    • MICR 1113 Intro to Microbiology 3 credits
    • MICR 3603 Medical Microbiology 3 credits (BS program applicants only)
  • Completed MLS online program application
  • Affiliation Agreement between WSU and the supporting clinical site
    • The affiliation agreement will be initiated by the MLS Department once a student submits their signed Statement of Support.
 

Rolling Admission Policy

Rather than application deadlines, we have moved to a rolling admissions policy. Students can apply anytime to our online MLS degree programs. Students should plan to apply at least 8-12 weeks prior to the start of the semester they are hoping to start the program.  As a general guideline for semester start dates: Fall begins late August, spring begins early January, summer begins early May. 

Students may request a pre-admission evaluation for eligibly review prior to applying. For AAS program interests, please contact Christy Achter at christyachter@weber.edu. For BS program interests, please contact Kandi Tait at kanditait@weber.edu.

Please note: Students do not need to apply or be accepted into the MLS online program to begin taking general education and support courses. 

 

Selection Notification

When an application is received, a preliminary review will be performed. The applicant will be contacted by an MLS academic advisor through their WSU student email as to the status of the application: Complete or Incomplete. If incomplete, the applicant will be advised on the missing components. Once an application is complete, the application review process is initiated.  This process is approximately 6-8 weeks, and includes the affiliation process between WSU and the site submitted by the student for clinical support. During that time frame, a student should expect to hear from their MLS academic advisor as to the status of their application: Accepted, In-Progress, or Declined.

Once a student has been accepted into the MLS online BS or AAS program, they will be emailed a formal letter of acceptance and a packet with program information. The student will be required to:

  • Sign and return acceptance paperwork
  • Complete a criminal background check, drug screen and provide proof of their immunizations if indicated in acceptance packet. (Note: If a student has already completed these requirements as part of employment with their laboratory, it is possible that they may not be required to repeat the background check and drug screen).
 

Clinical and Computer Requirements

Students interested in the Associate of Applied Science AAS MLT  or Bachelor of Science BS MLS program offered by the Medical Laboratory Science Department must have access to:

  • An accredited (JACHO/CAP/COLA/CLIA) laboratory that can provide a multidisciplinary laboratory experience. This is an important aspect of our acceptance criteria, as many of the MLS courses require clinical hours. Prior to your acceptance to the MLS program, your employer must read and sign a Statement of Support

AAS MLT program students will need support in each of the following areas of the laboratory:

  • Phlebotomy
  • UA/Serology
  • Hematology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology (including plate reading)
  • Blood Bank

BS MLS program students will need support in each of the following areas of the laboratory:

  • Hematology
  • Microbiology (including plate reading)
  • Blood Bank

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

If you are an international student, it has proven difficult to meet the MLS acceptance criteria. The lab you are employed in must meet U.S. criteria for accreditation and this has been difficult to ascertain with foreign agencies. Also, educational requirements vary greatly from country to country. Your prior education must be evaluated by an independent foreign crediting agency before you apply to the MLS program. For more information from WSU please refer to international students.

  • A computer and access to the Internet. Canvas is the program through which you will be provided course material, interact with the course instructor and fellow students, receive up-to-date event calendars and submit assignments. Most university computer labs and libraries will allow you to access the Internet if you do not have access at home. The WSU MLS Program utilizes Microsoft Office for all word-processing, spreadsheet and database needs. (If needed, you can purchase Microsoft Office Suite with an academic discount through WSU).