Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science - Medical Laboratory Science Option

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Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Option - BS in Health Care Science
Available as Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Certificate

Medical laboratory scientists are healthcare professionals who perform and evaluate laboratory tests that assist physicians in detecting, diagnosing and treating disease. Medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, research, reference, and forensic laboratories. The clinical internship provided in the UCCS MLS program is in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Students are required to attend a 13-week student laboratory in Kearney, Nebraska, and will then return to their clinical internship site for the remaining nine months of training. After the completion of the clinical year, students are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. The MLS (ASCP) certification allows individuals to practice/work in hospital laboratories throughout the United States (excepting those states which have their own state MLS exam).

Students in the UCCS 3+1 option (3 years of the undergraduate curriculum is completed with UCCS and 1 year jointly with UCCS and UNMC) must successfully complete the application and selection process for placement for the clinical year. UCCS 3+1 option students are not guaranteed admission to the clinical year. Deadline for the application for the clinical year is November 30th of the third year.

What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?
This specialty also know as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist is responsible for the development, performance, and evaluation of laboratory testing that is needed in patient medical care and clinical research. Medical Laboratory Scientists analyze samples of blood, tissue, and body fluids using technology and a variety of analytical techniques. 70-80% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results.

Our program in Medical Laboratory Science meets all of the standards and requirements as specified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
The UCCS MLS program is affiliated with University of Nebraska Medical Center which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Requirements and Pre-requisite Courses for the MLS program
Admissions Requirements: A minimum of 77 semester hours. The 77 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) must include the following:  

Biology: 16 semester hours including

  • Microbiology (with lab preferred)
  • Immunology
  • Genetics or Molecular Biology

Chemistry: 14 semester hours including:

  • A minimum of two upper level (200 level or above) Chemistry courses. Upper level chemistry courses may include Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Biochemistry or Analytical Chemistry.  Biochemistry with a lab is recommended.

Mathematics: 3 semester hours Statistics is preferred.
English Composition:   3 semester hours  

Grade of C or better in all required courses
Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Minimum Math/Science GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Minimum of 20 on ACT exam; Minimum 1440 SAT Cumulative
TOEFL exam for foreign students where English is a second language
Upper level science courses taken at a 4-year institution are strongly recommended.  

Additional notes: a maximum of 60 semester hours can be accepted from a community college. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an ASCP Board of Certification- approved agency.

General Education Course Requirements

  • MATH 1040 College Algebra or MATH 1350 Calculus I
  • Explore and Sustainability Elective
  • Explore from the Explore Arts, Humanities and Cultures List
  • ENGL 1310 - Rhetoric and Writing1: Academic Reading and Analytical Writing
  • ENGL 2090 - Technical Writing and Presentation
  • BIOL 1350 - General Biology:  Intro to the Cell
  • BIOL 1360 - General Biology: Intro to the Cell Laboratory
  • GPS 1010 - Gateway Program Seminar
  • PORT 3000 - Writing Portfolio Assessment  

Credits:  22  

MLS Option Requirements

  • BIOL 2010, 2020, 3020 are prerequisites for other UCCS courses; recommended but not required by UNMC.
  • BIOL 2010 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2020 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II or BIOL 4360 - Human Physiology  
  • BIOL 2030 - Microbiology and Microbiology Laboratory or BIOL 3100 - Microbiology: Bacteriology/Mycology and
  • BIOL 3020 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 1300 - General Biology: Organismic Biology
  • BIOL 1310 - General Biology: Organismic Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 3830 - Genetics
  • BIOL 3910 - Immunology
  • CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 3001 - Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3002 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 4211 - Biochemistry Principles
  • HSCI 2060 - Health Science Statistics
  • HSCI 4080 - Pathophysiology for the Health Sciences (Fall only)   

Credits:  49   

Health Science Core Requirements

  • HSCI 3630 - Culture and Health
  • HSCI 4010 - Health Science Research  

Credits: 6   

MLS Professional Requirements  

Summer (student lab in Omaha, Nebraska)           8
Fall                16
Spring           19

Total Program Credits: 120

All correspondence:
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-255-4422
Admissions Phone: 719-255-3084 or 1-800-990-8227 extension 3084
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