Bachelor of Science, Medical Laboratory Science

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides the following description for medical laboratory scientist: At career entry, the medical laboratory scientist will be proficient in performing clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics, and will be able to play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms. Graduates will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement.

They will also possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in:

  • Communications to enable consultative interactions with members of the health care team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
  • Financial operations, marketing and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective, high-quality, value-added laboratory services.
  • Information management to enable effective, timely, accurate and cost-effective reporting of laboratory-generated information.
  • Research design/practice sufficient to evaluate published studies as an informed consumer.

Upon graduation and initial employment, the medical laboratory scientist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in medical laboratory science after completion of the program.

Bachelor Medical Laboratory Sciences Outcome Measures Table

  • Prerequisite Courses

    Students who apply to the baccalaureate medical laboratory science major and who qualify for admission to UAA at the baccalaureate level are admitted as pre-medical laboratory science majors. Admission as a pre-medical laboratory science major does not guarantee admission to the program. There are a limited number of seats available in each MEDT course. The process for advancement to the full major and the formal admission to the medical laboratory science major are:

    1. Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

    2. Accepted by UAA as pre-medical laboratory science major with transcript evaluations (if any) from Enrollment Services.

    3. Meet with an academic advisor regarding application, program admission and development of a program of study.

    4. Completion of specified prerequisite courses or equivalent transfer courses with a grade of C or better; grades received for courses repeated more than once will not be considered in the application process:

    • BIOL A111              Human Anatomy and Physiology I                                                  (4 credits) 
    • BIOL A112              Human Anatomy and Physiology II                                                 (4 credits)
    • CHEM A103            Introduction to General Chemistry                                                  (4 credits)
        & A103L                and Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory           
      or CHEM A105       General Chemistry I
           & A105L             General Chemistry I Laboratory    
    • CHEM A104            Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry                                      (4-7 credits)
        & A104L                and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
       or CHEM A106      General Chemistry II
           & A106L             and General Chemistry II Laboratory
           & CHEM A321   and Organic Chemistry I

    5. Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

    6. Complete the General Admission Requirements for the Medical Laboratory Science Department.

    7.Apply to the program between December 1st through March 1st for entry into the program in Summer or Fall.  All applications will be reviewed after March 1st.  No applications received after March 1st will be considered.  Follow the steps listen in the Application Procedure here.

  • General Degree Requirements

    In order to progress within the Bachelor of Science Medical Laboratory Science program, students must earn a minimum grade of C or P in all Medical Laboratory Science (MEDT) courses required for the degree and demonstrate professional behavior as defined by the Medical Laboratory Science Department Core Abilities and associated behavior criteria. Satisfactory progress is demonstrated by exhibiting developing level criteria by the end of the second year (assessed by core faculty), and entry level criteria by the end of the Medical Laboratory Science practicum (assessed by clinical instructors). Students must receive a score of 3 or higher on the developing level criteria in order to progress in the program and demonstrate the critical core abilities during clinical practicum in order to graduate from the program. Students who are unable to earn an acceptable grade in MEDT courses during their initial enrollment may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space-available basis.

    When the number of students admitted to the program exceeds the number that can be accommodated in the clinical practicum, students are placed on an alternate list and informed that they can complete their practicum should space become available, or they are given preference for a subsequent semester. Students receive a letter stating they are an alternate; students are required to sign and return the letter acknowledging alternate status. UAA is affiliated with clinical sites throughout the state of Alaska. Students training at clinical sites outside of Anchorage may incur additional costs related to travel and housing. The practicum coordinator will ask for volunteers to train outside of Anchorage. If there are no volunteers, students may be assigned placement. Students with higher GPAs in MEDT courses will have first preference for location. If a student is unable or unwilling to go outside of Anchorage, they will be placed on the alternate list and given preference for a subsequent semester.

  • Major Requirements

    Complete the major requirements listed below with a minimum grade of C or P:
    Support Courses

    • BIOL A111              Human Anatomy and Physiology I                                                  (4 credits) 
    • BIOL A112              Human Anatomy and Physiology II                                                 (4 credits)
    • CHEM A103            Introduction to General Chemistry                                                  (4 credits)
      & A103L                  and Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory           
      or CHEM A105       General Chemistry I
      & A105L                  General Chemistry I Laboratory    
    • CHEM A104            Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry                                      (4-7 credits)
      & A104L                  and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
      or CHEM A106       General Chemistry II
      & A106L                  and General Chemistry II Laboratory
      & CHEM A321        and Organic Chemistry I
    • MATH A151           College Algebra for Calculus (or any MATH course                        (4 credits)
                                      for which MATH A151 is a prerequisite)            
    • PHIL A302              Biomedical Ethics                                                                               (3 credits)
      or PHIL A305         Professional Ethics
    • STAT A200             Elementary Statistics                                                                          (3-4 credits)
      or STAT A253        Applied Statistics for the Sciences (or any STAT course for 
                                     which STAT A200 or STAT A253 is a prerequisite)

    Core Courses

    • MEDT A132           Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing Techniques                       (4 credits)
      & A132L                 and Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing Techniques Lab
    • MEDT A133           Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine                                       (2 credits)
    • MEDT A134           Immunology and Serology3
    • MEDT A202           Clinical Chemistry                                                                               (4 credits)
    • MEDT A203           Clinical Microbiology                                                                          (6 credits)
    • MEDT A204           Hematology and Coagulation                                                            (6 credits)
    • MEDT A208           Urine and Body Fluid Analysis                                                           (3 credits)
    • MEDT A211           Blood Banking                                                                                     (4 credits)
    • MEDT A250           Cultural Diversity in Health Care                                                       (1 credit)
    • MEDT A301           Molecular and Emerging Diagnostics                                               (3 credits)
    • MEDT A302           Clinical Laboratory Education and Management                             (4 credits)
    • MEDT A303           Advanced Clinical Microbiology                                                        (6 credits)
    • MEDT A306           Advanced Immunology and Blood Banking                                     (3 credits)
    • MEDT A307           Clinical Correlations                                                                           (2 credits)
    • MEDT A401           Introduction to Research                                                                   (2 credits)
    • MEDT A495           Medical Laboratory Science Practicum                                           (22-23 credits)
      or MEDT A395      Medical Laboratory Technology Practicum
      & MEDT A495       and Medical Laboratory Science Practicum
  • Honors Requirements

    Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science are eligible to graduate with departmental honors by satisfying the following requirements:

    1. Meet the requirements for a BS in Medical Laboratory Science.
    2. Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher in courses applicable to the degree requirements. Only UAA and transfer courses taken within the last seven years will be included in the GPA for departmental honors.
    3. Obtain approval to enroll in the honors elective from the program director.
    4. Pass the honors elective course, MEDT A402.

  • Course Sequencing

    Summer Semester

    • MEDT A132 Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing Techniques lecture & lab  (4 credits)
    • MEDT A133 Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine (2 credits)
    • MEDT A134 Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

     

     Fall Semester

    • MEDT A202 Clinical Chemistry (4 credits)
    • MEDT A203 Clinical Microbiology (6 credits)
    • MEDT A208 Urine & Body Fluid Analysis (3 credits)

     

     Spring Semester

    • MEDT A204 Hematology & Coagulation lecture & lab (6 credits)
    • MEDT A211 Blood Banking (4 credits)
    • MEDT A250 Cultural Diversity in Health Care (1 credit)

      

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A302 Clinical Laboratory Education & Management (4 credits)
    • MEDT A307 Clinical Correlations (2 credits)
    • MEDT A401 Introduction to Research (2 credits)

     

    Spring Semester

    • MEDT A301 Molecular and Emerging Diagnostics (3 credits)
    • MEDT A303 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (6 credits)
    • MEDT A306 (Advanced Immunology and Blood Banking (3 credits)

     

    Summer Semester

    • MEDT A495 Practicum (11 credits)

     

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A495 Practicum (11 credits)

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A132 Phlebotomy & Specimen Processing Techniques lecture & lab (4 credits)
    • MEDT A133 Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine (2 credits)
    • MEDT A134 Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

     

    Spring Semester

    • MEDT A204 Hematology & Coagulation (6 credits)
    • MEDT A211 Blood Banking (4 credits)
    • MEDT A250 Cultural Diversity in Health Care (1 credit)

     

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A202 Clinical Chemistry (4 credits)
    • MEDT A203 Clinical Microbiology (6 credits)
    • MEDT A208 Urine & Body Fluid Analysis (3 credits)

     

    Spring Semester 

    • MEDT A301 Molecular and Emerging Diagnostics (3 credits)
    • MEDT A303 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (6 credits)
    • MEDT A306 Advanced Immunology and Blood Banking (3 credits)

     

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A302 Clinical Laboratory Education & Management (4 credits)
    • MEDT A307 Clinical Correlations (2 credits) 
    • MEDT 401 Introduction to Research (2 credits)

     

    Spring Semester 

    • MEDT A495 Practicum (11 credits)

     

    Summer Semester

    • MEDT A495 Practicum (11 credits)

     


A minimum of 122 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

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