2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED 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.


Academic Map: BAS - Medical Laboratory Scientist 21-22  


Student Learning Outcomes

  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.

  • or   or above
  • REMINDER: If a student does not place into the correct college-level MATH course, they are required to complete a preparatory or prerequisite course(s) or attempt to gain a higher score on the MATH placement exam. Such preparatory or prerequisite courses are not part of the degree, may delay degree completion, and will cause the student to complete more credits then the total listed on this degree.​

English Composition (3-5 Credits)

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

Natural Science (23 Credits)

NOTE: Students must complete both the Biology Group and the Chemistry Group.  In the Biology Group, students will complete one three-course set (BIOL 190, 191, and 325) or the other three-course set (BIOL 223, 224, and 325).  In the Chemistry Group, students must complete all three courses listed.

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (9 Credits)

Recommended: PHIL 102

Special Program Requirements (69 Credits)

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