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Phone: 912.344.2549
Fax: 912.344.3472
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Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.
Phone: 847.939.3597
Fax: 773.714.8886
http://www.naacls.org

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

This degree program prepares students to be successful on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam. We are pleased that the majority of our graduates continue to pass versus the national average of approximately 65 percent.

Online Career Ladder Program

The department offers an online Career Ladder program model to enable certified medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) to advance their education. It provides students with a high quality academic and professional environment fostering development of intellectual and manipulative competencies and attainment of professional values and characteristics. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements to sit for and pass a professional certification examination at the "scientist" level, to qualify for employment in a variety of settings, and to progress within clinical laboratory science.

Admission

Students complete the pre-professional phase of the curriculum at Armstrong or another institution. The four semester professional phase of the Medical Laboratory Science Program begins in the fall semester of each year. Students desiring acceptance to the professional phase should apply to the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Armstrong by April 1.

Admission criteria include regular admission to Armstrong Atlantic State University; a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.4, satisfactory completion of the Regents' Testing Program, if applicable, completion and/or credit for a minimum of 20 hours biological science, to include microbiology, a minimum of 12 hours chemistry, to include general, organic and/or biochemistry and a minimum of two college mathematics courses, including statistics.

A separate application is required. The Department application is available online at the department's website.

Career Opportunities

Armstrong graduates have a successful track record of finding employment in their field, and the need for technologists/scientists is expected to continue since there is a state and nationally recognized shortage.

Medical Technologists work in medical laboratories where they perform and/or supervise the testing of blood, urine, spinal fluid and other body specimens. Applying knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and biology, medical technologists use both manual and automated techniques to provide diagnostic data to physicians. Many technologists specialize in a specific area such as clinical chemistry, immunology, microbiology, or hematology. While some medical technologists prefer to work at the bench, directly performing clinical analyses, some combine skills and interests to work as laboratory administrators, educational coordinators, technical or sales representatives for commercial suppliers of clinical laboratories, or medical research technologists. Employment may be sought in hospital labs, physicians' offices, clinics, public health centers, military, and commercial firms.

Estimated Cost

Medical Laboratory Science students can expect to incur additional expenses throughout the four semester program for uniforms and liability/medical insurance. These expenses are in addition to the normal costs for tuition, student fees, and books.

Program Features

The on-campus Medical Laboratory Science student laboratory is well equipped with a variety of instrumentation, supplies and computerization. We maintain clinical affiliation agreements with facilities in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Other agreements may be arranged to accommodate students who desire to live outside of Savannah.

Course of Study

The 54-hour professional sequence is composed of didactic courses in the major laboratory areas (clinical chemistry, blood banking, microbiology, hematology, serology and urinalysis) and the clinical practicum. The professional sequence is completed on the Armstrong campus and at its clinical affiliates.

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