The exciting and rewarding field of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) trains professionals to collect and detect changes in biological specimens that enable other healthcare providers to make diagnostic and treatment decisions for patients.
What is MLS?
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BS MLS) is offered through a joint partnership between Oregon Tech and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). As the only program of its kind in Oregon and the largest in the Pacific Northwest region, we offer a rigorous and unique education that prepares graduates for career success. Designed around intensive coursework in biology and chemistry, specialized study of the immune system, body chemistry, and the hematological system, and extensive clinical lab work using state-of-the-art equipment to analyze real human samples, our students are prepared from the get-go to be the best MLS professionals around.
To make sure our graduates are adept and self-assured professionals, BS MLS students participate in an extensive externship program. This clinical experience, includes an on campus simulated lab completed before students participate in 12 weeks of applied study and training in clinical laboratories. This allows students to perform a wide variety of testing in a contemporary, accredited medical laboratory and to further develop and refine skills and competencies under the guidance of clinical instructors. We offer externship sites in accredited laboratories in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho.
The Oregon Tech-OHSU Medical Lab Science program offers...
- Excellent and experienced faculty and staff who are dedicated to student success.
- Hands-on student laboratories.
- A competitive admissions process.
- A cohort model with dedicated students.
- Supportive industry partners with over 50 clinical externship affiliates.
- an OHSU partnership.
Oregon Tech MLS graduates are eligible to take the national American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam. Most medical laboratories require medical laboratory scientists to be certified. There are currently twelve states and one US territory that require state licensure. These include California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia. Oregon Tech graduates meet licensure requirements for all states, except California and New York. Students should contact individual states’ licensure boards for state requirements as these may change.
The mission of the Oregon Tech-OHSU Medical Laboratory Science Program is to educate, train, and graduate professionally competent and ethical individuals, committed to life-long learning, and who are prepared to meet current and future workplace challenges in medical laboratory science.
Accreditation: The MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880. Web contact at http://www.naacls.org/
ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) Scores
The departmental faculty advise students. View the list of academic advisors.
Students also can meet with an Health, Arts, and Science advisor (the advisor for the College of HAS is listed below). If a student is unsure who their assigned academic advisor is, please contact the department chairperson or the college’s HAS advisor.
The BS MLS degree programs consist of pre-professional and professional phases of study. In the pre-professional phase, students complete a minimum of 100-quarter hours in general education and field-specific coursework. Upon the fourth year students apply to enter the professional phase of the degree, which entails a combination of medical laboratory science-specific coursework and an externship.
Mechanisms of pathogenicity and virulence relating to disease-causing viruses, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Host-parasite relationships and immunology, microbial physiology and genetics.
Students learn to evaluate normal and abnormal blood cell morphology through microscopic examination of blood smears.
Lecture and laboratory coverage of normal and pathogenic parasitic organisms of humans with emphasis on organisms seen in a clinical laboratory. Principles and methods of clinical laboratory diagnosis of infections and diseases caused by these organisms are studied.