How to become a Medical Lab Science Professional
To become a certified medical laboratory science professional, candidates must have:
- Graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science, or graduated with a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological or chemical sciences and completed at least one year of approved laboratory experience.
- Completed at least 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours in an accredited college. These credits can include junior college credit and must consist of 40 semester hours or 60 quarter hours in those disciplines that comprise medical laboratory science. Also, an applicant must complete at least one year of approved laboratory experience. This route is valid only if the program awarded a baccalaureate degree or if the individual has otherwise earned a B.S. degree.
A criterion for admission to many professional schools in medical laboratory science is a Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Studies, Biology (Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Emphasis) usually satisfies this requirement. Other medical laboratory science programs have specific prerequisite requirements but do not require a bachelor’s degree before admission. The only Medical Laboratory Science program within Idaho is located at Idaho State University (Programs are located at either their Meridian or Pocatello Campus). Idaho State strongly recommends that applicants earn a bachelor’s degree in a related science area (Biology/Microbiology/Health Science Studies) before entry into their program.
Although prerequisite requirements vary for each medical laboratory science program, common prerequisite coursework may include:
- General Biology
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Cell Biology
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
Other beneficial electives could be but are not limited to Biochemistry, Pathogenic Bacteriology, Parasitology, Histology, Quantitative Analysis, and Statistics.