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Medical Laboratory Science: Online Fast-Track Program

About the Medical Laboratory Science Fast-Track Program

Students desiring acceptance to the program in Medical Laboratory Science should make application to the department before March 1 for the August class.

Format: Online Program (open to South Carolina residents only)

The Medical Laboratory Science Online Fast-Track program is available to South Carolina residents who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. The program consists of an online didactic component and a 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 facility while enrolled in the program. South Carolina students of this program are also eligible to receive tuition assistance, as well as clinical training support in some South Carolina hospitals.

Format: Online Program (open to Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or Chemistry)

The Medical Laboratory Science Online Fast-Track program is also available to students who have completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or Chemistry.  Typically, students who apply to this track currently work in a hospital/clinical setting.  We will require a Statement of Support Form from the hospital/clinical site. Prior to admittance into the program the hospital/clinical site must be approved.  The program consists of an online didactic component and a training experience in an approved clinical laboratory.  This program 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 facility while enrolled in the program

Document: Statement of Support


Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must first be accepted to the university.

Admission to the program requires: 

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.


State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of professionals may not indicate eligibility for certification/licensure in your state. Please consult the appropriate certification/licensure office in your state before enrolling in our program to confirm that your completion of this program will meet your state requirements.

Program of Study

The program has been designed to ensure graduates have the necessary knowledge and professional skills to provide essential clinical information to healthcare providers and assure reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Students are required to complete 124 credits for the degree, with a minimum of 54 credits in Medical Laboratory Science courses.

General Requirements (Core Areas A, B, C, and E)
See Core Curriculum Checklist

Core Area D for Clinical Health Majors 

Core Area F - Courses for Major 

Related Field Courses 

Physical Education (3 hours)

Major Field Courses (48 hours)

Total Semester Hours (124 hours)

Exit Exam


Course Descriptions

CHEM 1211 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 1111 or eligibility for MATH 1113
First course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry designed for science majors. Topics include composition of matter; nomenclature; atomic structure; bonding and molecular geometries; stoichiometry; properties of solids, liquids, gases; acids and bases; thermochemistry and periodic relations. The lab reinforces these topics.

CHEM 1212 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211 (minimum grade of C) and MATH 1111
Second course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry designed for science majors. Topics include solutions, thermodynamics, equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry and introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. The lab reinforces these topics.

CHEM 2101 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
Prerequisite: CHEM 1212
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 2101L
Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry. Topics include bonding, organic functional groups, organic synthesis and spectroscopic analysis of organic molecules.

CHEM 2000 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
current course description not available.

MATH 2200 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
Prerequisites: 1001 or MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
Measure of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions, inferences concerning means and proportions, goodness of fit, correlation and linear regression.

BIOL 1107 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I
Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL 1101
Elements of chemistry, cell structure and function, DNA and protein synthesis, biotechnology, bioenergetics, evolution and diversity of life, experimental design and data analysis.

BIOL 2081 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107H, CHEM 1151, CHEM 1211 or CHEM 1010
Gross anatomy, histology and physiology of human organ systems. (Non-majors course intended for health professions students.)

BIOL 2082 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Prerequisite: BIOL 2081 (minimum grade of C)
A continuation of BIOL 2081. Anatomy, histology and physiology of human organ systems. (Non-majors course intended for health professions students.)

BIOL 2010 MICROBIOLOGY
Prerequisite: BIOL 1107 (minimum grade of C) or BIOL 1107H (minimum grade of C)
Genetics, classification and methods of control of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses, with introduction to medical, industrial and environmental microbiology.

HLPR 2000 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and MATH 2200 and either MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
Introduction to the methods of scientific research in the health professions. Steps of the research process, critique or research reports and completion of literature review.

MEDT 3100 URINALYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
Qualitative and quantitative study of the physical and microscopic constituents of urine and other body fluids.

MEDT 3200 CLINICAL BACTERIOLOGY
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
The relationship of bacteria, mycobacteria, spirochetes and mycoplasmas to human disease. Emphasis on the isolation and identification of bacteria responsible for human disease.

MEDT 3300 CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY AND HEMOSTASIS
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
Study of pathology and physiology of the formed elements of blood, with an emphasis on clinical correlation. Study of the principles of hemostasis and blood coagulation, including interpretation of results.

MEDT 3400 CLINICAL IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
Basic immunohematologic principles and their application to the preparation and administration of whole blood and blood components. Includes the selection and processing of donors, cross matching procedures and antibody identification.

MEDT 3500 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
Focus on physiological principles and concepts, methodologies and clinical significance of biochemicals and elements found in blood and other body fluids. Clinical chemistry case studies are presented to aid in clinical correlation and problem solving.

MEDT 3600 CLINICAL LABORATORY METHODOLOGIES AND MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
The course serves as a basic introduction to the clinical laboratory, focusing on topics in laboratory safety, microscopy, phlebotomy, general laboratory equipment, quality assurance, laboratory mathematics and principles and methodologies of clinical laboratory instrumentation.  This course will also familiarize students with the basics of molecular diagnostics technology and the types of tests available.

MEDT 3700 CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
Principles and procedures used in the isolation, identification and quantification of diagnostically significant antigens and antibodies.

MEDT 3800 CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY
Prerequisite: admission to MLS program
Principles and procedures used in the isolation, identification and quantification of diagnostically significant antigens and antibodies.

MEDT 4115 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
Prerequisite: MEDT 3100, MEDT 3200, MEDT 3300, MEDT 3400, MEDT 3500, MEDT 3600, MEDT 3700, MEDT 3800, or admission to Medical Laboratory Science online program.
Structured clinical laboratory experiences.  Rotations will include clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, hematology, coagulation, immunology/serology, urinalysis, phlebotomy and molecular diagnostic testing.

MEDT 4600 CLINICAL PATHWAYS & CRITICAL DECISION-MAKING
Prerequisite or corequisite: MEDT 4115
Advanced topics in clinical laboratory science, emphasizing analysis and presentation of multidisciplinary case studies.

MEDT 4900 LABORATORY MANAGEMENT AND EDUCATION
Prerequisite or corequisite: MEDT 4115
Fundamental concepts of laboratory management, operation, finance, managerial leadership, personnel administration and educational principles for laboratory scientists.