2019-2020 CSN Catalog 
    Dec 14, 2019  
2019-2020 CSN Catalog

Medical Laboratory Scientist, BAS [MLS-BAS, 120 Total Credits]

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Some of these courses are program prerequisites and MUST be completed before a student is considered eligible for entry into the Program. Students MUST attend a Health Programs Orientation and meet with a Health Programs advisor for additional advisement.  For more information please visit www.csn.edu/limited-entry-admission.


The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) is an important member of the health care team in hospitals, clinics, medical research and teaching centers, and is an indispensable participant with physicians in providing critical diagnostic information. The MLS functions as a dependable, ambitious, and highly motivated professional capable of handling high stress situations with ease and confidence.

The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs and interprets diagnostic laboratory procedures using state-of-the-art instrumentation to aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; monitors the standards of accuracy and precision in the performance of tests; performs routine maintenance; analyzes and corrects instrument problems; researches, evaluates, and implements new procedures; and may be responsible for fiscal/personnel management of the laboratory.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Scientist combines academic and laboratory courses on campus with practical experience at clinical affiliate sites.


The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (877) 939-3597. Students successfully completing the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination.


  1. Select appropriate courses of action in accordance with established laboratory procedures.
  2. Assess and correlate clinical and/or laboratory data through application of theory and principles.
  3. Evaluate and perform full range of clinical laboratory procedures, including quality assurance and quality control.
  4. Differentiate and resolve technical, instrument, and/or physiologic causes of unexpected or abnormal data.

General Education Requirements (51 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

English Composition (3-5 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level ENG course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (9 Credits)

Special Program Requirements (69 Credits)

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