All students are encouraged to meet with the MLS Program Director or a MLS advisor before initial registration and periodically thereafter in order to plan their courses of study to ensure that all requirements are met in the minimum amount of time. There is no advance placement and no credits for experiential learning.

Students are advised to be familiar with the current MLS Student Handbook and ask a MLS advisor for help if they do not understand the MLS policies and procedures.

The transfer option provides for the continuing education of students who have completed the first two years (60 semester hours) of lower-division work (preferably with the A.A. or A.S. degree). The MLS program has two + two articulation agreements with several community colleges; however, transfer students from other two-year and four-year institutions are also encouraged to apply.  See the MLS Program Director regarding questions about transfer of credits.

Students should consult with college advisors for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. In MLS, the clinical practicum courses (MLS 487

, MLS 488

 ) fulfill the requirement for the ECCE Engagement Experience (six hours).

For best outcomes in the Program and on the national certification exam, part-time status is not recommended.  Because the MLS Program proceeds in cohorts, off-sequence students will need to reapply for the cohort with which they will do the full-time clinical practicum courses.

MLS Course Requirements
MLS 301 Foundations in Medical Laboratory Science 1
MLS 311 Laboratory Operations 2
MLS 331 Evidence-Based Inquiry 2
MLS 341 Physiologic Processes 3
MLS 382 Hematology I 3
MLS 383 Medical Microbiology I 4
MLS 384 Clinical Chemistry I 4
MLS 442 Hematology II 4
MLS 443 Medical Microbiology II 3
MLS 444 Clinical Chemistry II 3
MLS 448 Introduction to Immunology 3
MLS 449 Introductory Immunology Lab 1
MLS 468 Immunohematology 4
MLS 477 Molecular Diagnotics 2
MLS 481 Education and Management 2
MLS 487 ECCE: Practicum I 6
MLS 488 ECCE: Practicum II 6
MLS 496 Special Topics Practicum 2
MLS 497 Senior Seminar I 2
MLS 498 Senior Seminar II 2
Total Hours 59
Grading Policy

Since the curriculum includes laboratory work done under professional supervision, the degree candidate must satisfy the customary expectations of academic work and must also meet the high-quality standards demanded of a professional medical laboratory scientist. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at UIS. Medical Laboratory Science students are required to maintain a programmatic GPA of 2.5 and must earn a grade of C- or better in all required courses.