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Clinical Lab Science (MLT to MLS) (B.S.)

Dean, Frank S. Groner School of Professional Studies Director, Clinical Laboratory Science
A clinical or medical laboratory scientist (formerly Medical Technologist) is an allied health professional who performs chemical, immunologic, hematologic, and microscopic analysis as well as bacterial and cellular identification. A CLS or MLS is differentiated from clinical laboratory or medical laboratory technicians by their advanced knowledge in research methods, management, diagnostics and high complexity testing capabilities.
This program prepares technician-level clinical laboratory professionals to complete advanced laboratory coursework in preparation for national certification at the scientist level. The student must complete 40 hours of upper level clinical laboratory science courses as well as all appropriate general education requirements. This program is designed to be transfer friendly and is targeted towards both traditional and working adults. The clinical laboratory courses will be completed in two full years (attending Fall, Spring and Summer semesters). The program includes a certification preparation course. If students do not pass the national registry on the first attempt, they may audit the certification review course up to two times at zero tuition (online course fee applies).

General admission requirements for the CLS program will be the same as for transfer students.
Applicants must submit the following as a part of the general admission process:
1. A completed University Application for Admission accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee.
2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate work
3. Any additional program admission requirements established by the applicant’s desired program or field of study.
Applicants must meet all University and program due dates for submission in order to receive full consideration for admission. Once an applicant has submitted the required credentials, a decision regarding admission or denial of admission of the student to the University will be made in a timely manner. At ETBU students are allowed to transfer up to 72 hours of credit. However, the student must have an associate’s degree in clinical or medical laboratory science for admission.
To complete the program the student must complete the 40 hours of core CLS courses and meet ETBU general education requirements. This program will have rolling admission since the core clinical laboratory has no prerequisites other than College Chemistry and Microbiology. The courses can be taken in any order (except MDLS 4212 which must be taken the last two semesters of the program). Students can start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.


  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills commensurate with an entry-level clinical laboratory scientist. 
  2. Graduates will exhibit critical thinking skills that allow them to correlate laboratory findings and diagnosis. 
  3. Graduates will be able to effectively evaluate quality control trends and shifts and instrumentation errors and troubleshooting. 
  4. Graduates will demonstrate management skills in human resources, finance, and laboratory-specific management processes. 
  5. Graduates will be able to implement effective laboratory safety and infection control practices. 
  6. Graduates will assess how accreditation standards drive laboratory management processes. 

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Program Specific Admission Requirements

Additional admission requirements for the CLS program are listed below:

  1. Hold an earned associates’ degree (or equivalent clinical and classroom training such as military training) in Clinical or Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency or one recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA (Applicants with degrees from foreign universities will have to undergo a transcript equivalency evaluation).
  2. Have a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of at least 2.00 and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in clinical laboratory science courses.
  3. Must have completed a clinical rotation in required areas of the clinical laboratory (confirmed by transcripts)
  4. Must have completed Microbiology and College Chemistry with laboratory prior to Admission to the program (the student can be admitted as a University Studies student while these pre-requisites are being met (if applicable)
  5. Must exhibit good character, in the judgment of the University. East Texas Baptist University reserves the right to deny admission to any individual who has been convicted or adjudicated of a felony or a Class A (or equivalent) misdemeanor.
  6. Must submit a copy of a government ID (driver’s license, state ID card, military ID)
  7. National certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT/CLT) is NOT required.
Graduation Requirements

To complete a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science, the students must have previously completed an A.S. program in Clinical or Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology (or equivalent clinical and classroom training such as military training). Students have to complete at least a total of 120 credit hours; at least 40 hours must be junior and senior level clinical laboratory science core courses. In addition, students must meet ETBU general education requirements. Students must comply with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines.
A $50 fee per course is assessed for all online courses. In addition, there is an additional fee for a practice exam in MDLS 4212 Certification Preparation in lieu of a second textbook; this fee is not required if course is audited to remediate students who did not pass the first registry attempt.

General Education Requirements

English 1301, 1302 and 3 hours sophomore literature - 9 hours*
Fine Arts (music, theater, art or equivalent) - 3
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6
Political Science 2305 - 3
History - 3 hours*
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours*
Physical Activity KINE 1238 - 2
Science (must be College Chemistry and Microbiology with lab) - 8 hours
Mathematics - 6 hours*
Speech 1311, 1315 or 1318 - 3
Major Area of Study (see below) - 40
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Available Major

Clinical Laboratory Science Major Requirements
Completion of forty (40) semester hours:
MDLS 3312 Advanced Parasitology and Mycology
MDLS 3322 Advanced Urinalysis and Body Fluids
MDLS 3412 Advanced Hematology
MDLS 3422 Advanced Clinical Chemistry
MDLS 3432 Advanced Microbiology
MDLS 3440 Advanced Immunology and Virology
MDLS 3452 Advanced Immunohematology
MDLS 4212 Certification Preparation
MDLS 4312 Laboratory Management and Supervision I*
MDLS 4322 Laboratory Management and Supervision II
MDLS 4330 Supervised Clinical Management Experience
MDLS 4340 Clinical Laboratory Research Methods and Practices
*Course must be taken within the last two semesters of the program

Program Approval Status

The program is currently seeking approval from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science). This program began in Fall 2018 and has to have had students for one year prior to being evaluated by NAACLS.

NAACLS Information
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
phone: 773.714.8880 | fax: 773.714.8886

Tuition and Fees
  • 2018-2019 tuition $450 per credit hour
  • 2019-2020 tuition $464 per hour. 

In addition there is a $50 per course online course fee.