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Department of Adult Education

The Adult Education Program at East Texas Baptist University is designed for non-traditional students who wish to finish their undergraduate degree in a Christ-centered environment with academic integrity.

Our program recognizes that adults will need to balance their educational goals with family, work, and other life events. Students enrolled in the Adult Education program can earn a degree that will provide opportunities for online or on-campus learning.

Online Only

BS in Clinical Lab Science MLT to MLS

If you have an A.S. in Clinical or Medical Laboratory Technology (or equivalent clinical and didactic training) all of your courses from this program will transfer into the bachelor's program as general education requirements or electives.  You will be required to take 40 hours of the core advanced clinical laboratory clinical science courses at ETBU and meet ETBU general education requirements. Additional general education requirements can be taken at ETBU or transferred in from other universities. 

There is only one internship in laboratory management that is required in this program.  In this course you will be required to devote 40 hours to shadowing and doing projects for a laboratory manager.  You will be responsible for finding a site for this course in your local area.


MDLS 3412 Advanced Hematology 4
MDLS 3422 Advanced Clinical Chemistry 4
MDLS 3432 Advanced Microbiology 4
MDLS 3440 Advanced Immunology and Virology 4
MDLS 3312 Advanced Clinical Parasitology and Mycology 3
MDLS 3322 Advanced Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3
MDLS 3452 Advanced Immunohematology 4
MDLS 4312 Laboratory Management and Supervision I 3
MDLS 4322 Laboratory Management and Supervision II 3
MDLS 4330 Supervised Clinical Management Experience 3
MDLS 4340 Clinical Laboratory Research Methods and Practices 3
MDLS 4212 Certification Preparation 2
                                                         TOTAL 40
 ETBU General Education Requirements  
Course Required Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3*
ENGL 1302 Composition 1I 3
English Literature 3
RLGN 1320 Introduction to Old Testament 3
RLGN 130 Introduction to New Testament 3
Social Science 3*
Lifetime Fitness 2 *
Speech 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics 6 (3*)
History 3*
Fine Arts 3
Science ** 8*
POSC 2305 Federal Government 3


More Information

Are you a clinical/medical laboratory technician (MLT) who is interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree to increase your salary and for promotion purposes?  Are you a graduate from an associate's degree program in medical laboratory science who wants to complete your B.S. degree but you want to do it in a completely online format? Are you a graduate from an associate's degree program who has not taken or passed the national certification for MLT?  Are you a graduate of a military medical laboratory program who wants to complete a bachelor's degree and obtain certification as an MLS? If so, this program is for you! This program will prepare you to take your national registry as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

In 2016 the average salary for an MLT was $38,950 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The average national rate for medical/clinical laboratory scientists (MLS) is $61,070.  Within slightly more than one year the difference in salary will pay for the tuition for your educational program.  In addition, some areas will only hire laboratory staff with a bachelor's degree. Almost 70% of current medical laboratory scientists are age 46 or older so there will be a large number of openings in the future.

Program Features

  • Students receive a Lifelong Learning Grant equal to 1/3 the amount of tuition
  • Financial aid is available
  • Clinical laboratory courses are 100% online
  • Experience a Christ-centered learning environment
  • You do NOT have to have national certification as an MLT to complete this program
  • Includes a certification preparation course to help you be successful on your national registry
  • Only fully online MLT to MLS program in the state of Texas
  • Students will be admitted in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Ideal for military, veterans or retirees with medical laboratory training but no associate's degree.

National Certification

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist certification through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or similar certification exams through other agencies.

Any students who do not pass the national registry on the first attempt can audit the certification review course up to two times at zero tuition. ($50 online course fee will apply)

Cost of Program

Students in the CLS program get a Life-Long Learning Grant of 45% of the regular ETBU tuition rate for both CLS and General Education courses. Students may attend full or part-time. Tuition is $450 per hour. The estimated cost for a student transferring with an A.S. degree would be approximately $28,000 to complete the Bachelor's Degree.

Program Certification

This is a new program, and the application has been received by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The program director has already been approved by NAACLS. Since this is a new program, accreditation will not be granted until the program is in operation for one year. 

Information about NAACLS certification of new MLT and MLS programs can be found here

Projected NAACLS evaluation is Fall 2019. NAACLS information is below:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Contact Information

Vince Blankenship
Director of Adult Education | 903.923.2002