FAQs - Medical Laboratory Science Online Degree Programs
How many students are admitted into the program?
About 24 students are admitted to the on campus track every year. The program is fairly competitive, favoring those students with higher GPAs.
When is the application deadline?
Students desiring acceptance to all of the programs in medical laboratory science should make application to the department before March 1 for the August class.
What are your admission policies and procedure?
Currently enrolled Armstrong State University students must also meet the requirements for admission to the medical laboratory science program and apply separately to the department. Transfer students must be accepted to the university with regular admission status. Certified associate degree medical laboratory scientists may receive transfer for junior level medical laboratory science courses upon presentation of acceptable certification scores and/or transfer credit, and satisfactory completion of written and/or practical examinations in the professional content areas. If not currently enrolled at Armstrong State University, students must be accepted into the university with regular admission status.
Do I qualify for your online career ladder program?
The Department offers a Career-Ladder online program to enable certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) to advance their education. It is open only to students with MLT credentials and it provides students with a high quality academic and professional environment allowing for the development of their intellectual and manipulative competencies and attainment of professional values and characteristics. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements to sit for a professional certification examination at the "technologist" level, to qualify for employment in a variety of settings, and to progress within clinical laboratory science to education, supervision, or management positions.
Do I qualify for your fast track program?
The Department offers a fast track online program. It is open only to South Carolina residents who have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or a closely related field. In addition, this program requires completion of microbiology and organic or biochemistry before admission. The student must be supported by a clinical facility (e.g. hospital) that will serve as the clinical rotation site.
Will my MLS professional course credits transfer?
MLS professional course credits transfer only as electives. General education credits do transfer. You must make sure to take transferable courses, particularly in chemistry and biology. Your college advisor knows which courses are transferable.
What are the admission requirements?
SAT of at least 830 with 400 or more in Math and 430 or more in Verbal. Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.4 or more. Satisfactory completion of the Regent's Testing Program if applicable. Completion and/or credit for: a minimum of 20 semester hours biological science to include microbiology; a minimum of 12 semester hours of chemistry, to include general and organic and/or biochemistry; and a minimum of two college mathematics courses (statistics is highly recommended). Science course (chemistry and biology) average of 2.5 or better with no more than one required science course with a grade of "D."
All prerequisite science (chemistry and biological science) courses are restricted to courses applicable to a major in those fields or Medical Laboratory Science, according to the curriculum requirements of the academic institution where the course or courses were taken. Remedial courses do not qualify.
Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements stated above may, under certain circumstances, be granted conditional admission as space permits. This decision would be made by the department head in consultation with the Admissions Committee.
Can I be accepted before I have completed all my prerequisites?
Yes but they must be completed before you start in the fall unless arrangement with the department head was secured.
Is there a separate application to the Medical Laboratory Science Program?
Yes. Students should complete an application to the medical laboratory science department, and have official transcripts, any certification scores, and two letters of reference sent to the department head.
What are the essentials functions?
In addition to the academic requirements for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Department, there are essential functions required for completion of the program. They are basic and essential requirements that may also be necessary to be able to obtain employment in the field of medical technology.
Is health insurance required?
All students accepted into the program are required to submit complete health history forms, evidence of health insurance, and evidence of liability insurance prior to participation in clinical experiences.
I have a BS degree, what are my options?
You may be entitled to second BS degree from Armstrong.
What is required for international students?
Foreign Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to Armstrong State University as outlined in the Armstrong College Catalog and the NAACLS requirements, if applicable. Foreign applicants to Medical Laboratory Science at Armstrong are advised to communicate with the Department Head before arranging for foreign transcript evaluation. If a student desiring to major in Medical Laboratory Science already has a degree from a foreign university and desires to base his/her eligibility for national certification on this degree, the student must have the official transcript evaluated by one of several acceptable agencies. For an approved listing contact the MLS Program Director.
A student whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score a minimum of 523 on the written test (or a minimum of 193 on the computer-based TOEFL) for consideration for admission to the Department.
Do you accept part-time students?
Yes, however such action may delay completion of the program and graduation. Students must complete the professional course work within three consecutive years from the date of initial admission to the medical laboratory science degree program.
Do I have to travel to a clinical site?
Yes. Students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the clinical sites. Due to the limited number of clinical sites in Savannah, it will be necessary to assign students to clinical sites outside of Savannah. Students who desire to complete their clinical rotations at facilities not in Savannah should let the Department Head know in writing no later than the end of the fall semester.
Where are your clinical sites?
The clinical practicum is a structured clinical laboratory experience, where students integrate theory and application under supervision in various areas of the clinical laboratory. The 6-month practicum internship starts in late May/Early June to mid November. A Practicum Schedule based on required contact hours for each individual course will be prepared for each student. Students are required to adhere to this schedule unless specified otherwise by the Department Head and/or Clinical Coordinator. Clinical practicum's are provided in the laboratories of St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, and Memorial Health University Medical Center located in Savannah, Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, Medical University of South Carolina, and others as necessary.
If relocated to a clinical site outside Savannah, am I responsible for paying the extra living expenses?
Yes. Students are responsible for their own living expenses. Some clinical sites may offer stipends.
Is housing available?
Yes, but some students must be aware of the fact that they will be relocating to a clinical location outside of Savannah.
What do I do after being accepted?
After acceptance, but prior to initial enrollment in the department, students will be required to submit a medical report which includes a physical examination and verification of immunization, sign a declaration form relating to Hepatitis B, provide evidence of accident/health insurance coverage and submit payment for malpractice liability insurance.
Students accepted into the department will be required to submit a $50.00 non-refundable reservation fee to accept the offer of admission and a check for malpractice liability insurance. The amount will be noted in the letter of acceptance.
What is NAACLS?
NAACLS stands for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. It is committed to being the agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.
Is your program accredited?
Yes, by NAACLS.
Do I have to take a licensing exam after I graduate?
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination of the Board of Certification for Medical Laboratory Scientists of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Is it okay to have a "C" in a science class and still be accepted into the program?
Yes. Students are allowed only one "D" in area F.
Is it okay to have a "D" in a medical laboratory science course?
Students must earn a C or better in each medical laboratory science course. A student may repeat a single medical technology course only one time (at the next offering, provided space is available). Students who fail to earn a C or better in a repeated medical laboratory science course, or who fail to earn a C in a subsequent medical laboratory science course, will be dismissed from the program with no possibility of readmission.
Can I find a job with this degree?
Yes! There is a great need for Medical Laboratory Scientists in a variety of health care settings and students usually have several job opportunities upon graduation. Please read the Career Information Section on our website.
Are there opportunities to further my education in Medical Laboratory Science?
Yes. Graduate degrees are available in the sciences, education, business, and health administration.
Will I be able to work full/part time while in the program and still be successful?
This depends on the student. We do not have a policy against employment while in the program.
What is a typical day like in the program?
In the first two semesters, classes and labs are offered Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm. In the last two semesters, students follow their assigned clinical site schedule.