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Medical Laboratory Science

“2016-2017 Application for Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Application for Selected Health Professions Programs”

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program provides scholarships to:

Full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and students enrolled in selected health professions programs. 

Programs awarded SDS funds for 2016-2017 are: 
Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)                               Master of Public Health (MPH)

All Junior and Senior MLS Students need to complete the attached application and return to the address below:

Armstrong State University
Attention: SDS Principal Investigator
11935 Abercorn Street, Burnett Hall Room 113, Savannah, GA  31419
Or
Deliver the forms to: The Principal Investigator, Burnett Hall, Room 113


Students desiring acceptance to all of the programs in medical laboratory science should complete an application to the program before March 1 for the August class.  Applications submitted after the appropriate deadline will be considered on a first-come, first-served and space-available basis.

We invite you to discover the exciting field of Medical Laboratory Science. Medical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists) provide essential clinical information to healthcare providers and are responsible for assuring reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Laboratory tests are extremely valuable and contribute up to 70% of all medical decisions made by healthcare providers.

The Medical Laboratory Science program at Armstrong State University is the largest in the state of Georgia.

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 laboratory scientist uses both manual and automated techniques to provide diagnostic data to physicians.

A goal of the Armstrong Medical Laboratory Science program 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.


We offer the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science in three tracks:

Traditional Track

The traditional track is for entering freshmen and transfer students. Students with a BS degree in biology, chemistry or related science fields are eligible for this track as well.

The professional phase of the medical laboratory science curriculum begins in the fall semester every year. Students desiring acceptance to the program in medical laboratory science should make application to the program before February 15 for the August class.

Currently enrolled Armstrong State University students must also meet the requirements for admission to the medical laboratory science program and apply separately to the program. 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 examination in the professional content areas.

If not currently enrolled at Armstrong State University, students must be accepted into the university with regular admission status. In addition, students should complete an application to the medical laboratory science program and have official transcripts, any certification scores and two letters of reference sent to the program cooridinator.

A second BS track is available to those who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, microbiology or related sciences.

Armstrong Advantage - Students currently enrolled or recently graduating from Armstrong are given higher consideration for admittance into the MLS program.

MLT to MLS Online Career Program

The department offers an online career-ladder track to enable certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) to advance their education. The online track is limited to those with MLT credentials with a current working experience in an approved clinical site. The deadline to apply for the MLT to MLS online career program track is March 1.

The online Career-Ladder track enables certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) to advance their education. The online track is limited to those with MLT credentials who are currently employed at an approved clinical site. It provides students with a high-quality academic and professional environment, allowing the development of critical thinking skills and professional values and characteristics. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements for a professional certification examination at the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) level. Graduates of the medical laboratory science program will qualify for employment in a variety of settings and can progress within the clinical laboratory science field to education, supervision or management positions. Students in this track must maintain training support at an approved clinical facility while enrolled in the program.

MLS Online Fast Track (South Carolina Residents Only)

The fast track program is available to South Carolina residents only and students with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or a related science field. The deadline to apply for the fast-track program is March 1.

The program consists of an online didactic component and training experience in a clinical laboratory. It provides students with a high-quality academic and professional environment. The program graduate will be able to satisfy eligibility requirements for a professional certification exam at the MLS level. Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program will qualify for employment in a variety of settings and can progress within the clinical laboratory science field to education, supervision or management positions. Students in this track must maintain training support at an approved clinical site while in the program.


Armstrong Edge

With a completion time of just 16 months and high demand in the job market, this nationally accredited program truly offers a fast track to your career.  Our graduates have a very successful record of Board Certification.


Program Outcomes

ASCP National Board of Certification Examination Pass Rate

Class of: # of Graduates  
Taking Exam
Program # Who Passed
the BOC Exam
Within the First Year of Graduation %
National # Who Passed
the BOC Exam Within the 
First Year of Graduation
2013 30 96.7% 83.84%
2014 29 82.75% 78.85%
2015 25 68% 72.06%

Employment Rate

Class of: Total # of Graduates Secured Initial Employment or
Continued Education Six Months Post-Graduation (Traditional) %
Secured Initial Employement or
Continued Education Six Months Post-Graduation (Online)
2013 30 100% 100%
2014 33 100% 100%
2015 30 100% 100%

Attrition and Graduation Rates

Class Students beginning Second half of program Students Graduating Attrition Rate Graduation Rate
2013 30 30 0% 100%
2014 33 33 0% 100%
2015 30 30 0% 100%

*NAACLS accrediting body required date of second half of progrm.  Second half of program constitutes the Summer and the Second Fall Semester of the program.