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Medical Laboratory Science

To inquire about this program:
Bill Engle | 423.869.6471 | billy.engle@LMUnet.edu


Are you interested in a career in medicine? Are you self-sufficient? Precise? Thorough? Medical Laboratory Science is a healthcare career that combines modern laboratory science with medical care. Tests performed in clinical laboratories by medical laboratory scientists, formally called medical technologists, assist physicians in both the diagnosis and the treatment of pathological conditions. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret a wide variety of tests, ranging from simple blood glucose tests to advanced molecular diagnostic assays.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science (BS) - 4-Year Plan (PDF)

Description of the Medical Laboratory Science Profession

The medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and clinical education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information. They also direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations, and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The clinical laboratory professional has diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and clinical decision-making as well as quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is performed, researched, and developed. Clinical laboratory professionals practice independently and collaboratively. They also have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in the laboratory practice as well as the public.

NATIONAL AVERAGE SALARIES OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTS

According to the most recent survey published by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, BS degreed medical laboratory scientists on average earn $56,420 /year for the staff position to $92,046/year for the laboratory director position.

(http://labmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/4/e97.figures-only)

Special Features of the LMU MLS Program

Lincoln Memorial University maintains accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Medical Laboratory Science major leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Contact information for NAACLS is as follows:

NAACLS
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: 1.847.939.3597
Fax: 1.773.714.8886
http://www.naacls.org

LMU MLS Program Outcome/Highlights

  1. Seventeen (17) consecutive classes of 100% pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Exam with both individual categorical and composite scores that far surpass the national average for university based NAACLS accredited medical laboratory science programs.
  2. Seventeen (17) consecutive classes of 100% employment rate of our graduates who enter the medical laboratory science workforce within seven days of graduation.
  3. Eighty-nine percent (89%) three year average graduation rate of senior MLS students who enter the final half of the program.

ADMISSION APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE LMU MLS PROGRAM

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 65 credit hours of general education and collateral science requirements with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Completion of 16 credit hours in chemistry including organic chemistry with laboratory and a minimum of 8 credit hours of biological science with labs.
  3. Submission of official academic transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended.
  4. Admission to Lincoln Memorial University as a declared medical laboratory science major.
  5. Completion of the formal application for admission process. (Please contacting Dr. Bill Engle at billy.engle@lmunet.edu for more details.)
  6. Completion and submission of the medical profile physical form and official evidence of a negative urine drug screen. These are to be completed at the applicant’s own expense.Also, please be aware that in certain academic programs requiring internship or placement in a medical facility, (including Medical Laboratory Science) a criminal background check and/or an additional chain-of-custody urine drug screen may be required by affiliate agencies and organizations. If required, these tests would be administered at the student’s expense. 

ADMISSION APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 15th for spring semester admission in Kingsport, Tennessee and

May 15th for fall admission in Harrogate, Tennessee

Since clinical space is limited, all applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Late applicants will be considered on a “space available” basis.

CORE COURSES OF THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (42 HOURS)

MEDT 301 Introduction to Lab Methods and Techniques I
MEDT 302 Introduction to Lab Methods and Techniques II
MEDT 310 Hemostasis
MEDT 320 Hematology
MEDT 330 Immunology and Serology
MEDT 340 Immunohematology
MEDT 391 Intermediate Clinical Practice I
MEDT 392 Intermediate Clinical Practice II
MEDT 400 Urinalysis and Body Fluids
MEDT 410 Laboratory Management and Supervision
MEDT 451 Clinical Chemistry I
MEDT 452 Clinical Chemistry II
MEDT 461 Medical Microbiology I
MEDT 462 Medical Microbiology II
MEDT 491 Advanced Clinical Practice I
MEDT 492 Advanced Clinical Practice II
MEDT 497 Senior Review

CURRENT CLINICAL AFFILIATES OF THE LMU MLS PROGRAM

While completing their Medical Laboratory Science courses students in the Medical Laboratory Science program gain “real world” experience in a variety of clinical settings. The current clinical affiliates of this program include the following:

American Esoteric Laboratories in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee
Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee
Covenant Health System Claiborne Medical Center in Tazewell, Tennessee
Covenant Health System Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City, Tennessee
Covenant Health System Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee
Covenant Health System LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tennessee
Covenant Health System Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Covenant Health System Morristown Hamblen Medical Center in Morristown, Tennessee
Covenant Health System Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee
Molecular Pathology Laboratory in Maryville, Tennessee
Mountain States Health Alliance Franklin Wood Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee
Mountain States Health Alliance Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee
Mountain States Health Alliance Indian Path Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee
Mountain States Health Alliance Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, Tennessee
Pineville Community Hospital in Pineville, Kentucky
Summitt Medical Group in Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennova Health Care System: Physician’s Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee
Wellmont Health System Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee
Wellmont Health System Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee

Useful Documents

MLS Application (PDF)

 

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6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752