Medical Laboratory Scientists perform and/or supervise the testing of blood, urine, spinal fluid, and other body specimens. Applying knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and biology, the medical tlaboratory scientists uses both manual and automated techniques to provide diagnostic data to physicians.
A goal of the Armstrong Medical Laboratory Science department is to prepare competent clinical laboratory practitioners. Therefore, academic policies and procedures are established to assure that program graduates have the competencies to be able to successfully pass professional certification examination(s) and qualify for knowledge and employment.
The Medical Laboratory Science curriculum is divided into two parts, the pre-professional phase and the professional phase. Students first complete the pre-professional phase by enrolling in prerequisite courses, such as humanities, social sciences, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. This phase may be completed at Armstrong or another accredited academic institution. Near the completion of the pre-professional course work, the student applies to the Medical Laboratory Science Department for the professional sequence composed of didactic courses in major laboratory areas and clinical practicum. The professional phase of the Medical Laboratory Science curriculum begins in the Fall semester of each year. Before enrollment in the professional phase of the program, students must have completed the necessary prerequisite college courses and be eligible for a degree upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Science curriculum or already possess a baccalaureate degree.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination of the Board of Certification (BOC) for Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Issuing of the BS degree is not contingent upon the students passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.