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A Profession with a Future
Laboratory Science (LBSC) and Medical Laboratory Science (MLSC) 

These curricula, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Science or a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, are designed to prepare students for medical laboratory careers in fields such as public health, forensics, environmental testing, industry quality control, medical research, and genetics.

What are the educational requirements?

Auburn University provides two options:

MLSC (3.5 + 1) Option:

3.5 years pre-MLS curriculum with specified science courses required for the clinical internship; PLUS, 1 year in MLS clinical internship at a NAACLS-approved (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) Auburn University-affiliated School of Medical Laboratory Science - see for long list of MLS programs, not necessarily AU-affiliated = B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (MLSC) 

LBSC (4 + 1) Option:

4-year curriculum in Laboratory Science completed at Auburn University = B.S. in Laboratory Science (LBSC);
1 year MLS clinical internship at a NAACLS-approved Auburn-affiliated School of Medical Laboratory Science = B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (MLSC)
For curriculum models for each degree, go to the College of Science and Mathematics curriulum models website.

What is the 12-month clinical internship at a NAACLS - approved School of Medical Laboratory Science

It is a hospital-based or University-based internship comprised of lectures and laboratory rotations in the following areas:

Blood Banking(Immunohematology)            Hematology/Coagulation
Clinical Chemistry  Immunology/Serology
Toxicology  Mycology (study of fungus)
Management Microbiology
Quality Control/Quality Assurance Parasitology
Urinalysis/Body Fluids Molecular Diagnostics

Actual patient specimens are used for instruction during the internship. A student learns how to perform the necessary pre-analytical tasks,

such as quality control prior to testing, as well as analytical testing and post-analytical checks, such as reporting results to the physicians and other hospital personnel in an efficient and timely manner.  Accuracy, precision, and testing theory for each blood parameter as well as the physiological status that each blood
parameter represents in the body is discussed in lecture.

The 12-month-long MLS internship is described as the Clinical Internship.  Each student must be accepted into a position based on the following criteria (vary slightly from one school to another):

  1. Admission requirements and degree status
  2. Application -  deadlines: AUGUST 15th and JANUARY 15th each year, depending on start dates each year.  Verify with each program.
  3. GPA overall and science GPA(some programs) - 2.5 out of 4 at least
  4. References/recommendations - Two to three college professors. 
  5. Interview - only if no F's and if D's are retaken and improved.

How does a Medical Technologist become certified?

Graduates of the Medical Technology program are qualified to take National Certification Examinations. There are two nationally recognized Certifying Agencies: The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and National Certifying Agency (NCA). New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and California require state certifications.

How does one become a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)?

     B.S. degree (Math or Science) + Clinical Internship Year (successfully completed) = Eligible to sit for Board of Certification (BOC) exam (ASCP).

     Passing the Certification exam (ASCP) = Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist =

                                              John Q. Student, MLS(ASCP)

     Possessing an ASCP certification certificate demonstrates competence in all areas of the clinical laboratory. Proof of certification required for employment.

What career opportunities exist in Medical Technology?

     Hospitals, Clinics, and Reference Laboratories

  • Staff (bench) Technologist
  • Supervisory Technologist
  • Manager
  • Educational Administrator – i.e. Program Director
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • LIS (laboratory information system) Coordinator
  • Physicians Office Methods Consultant
  • Quality Specialist
  • Quality Improvement/Safety Coordinator
  • Special Projects Coordinator


  • Education
  • Research
  • Research in association with a graduate degree

Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Pharmaceutical Representative (Drug Rep) to Physicians
  • Research

Hospital Administration

Physicians Offices, Private Laboratories

Overseas Opportunities

  • Oil Companies
  • Foreign Hospitals
  • Medical Missions
  • Peace Corps

Further Education

  • Certified specialty in various Medical Technology disciplines
  • M.S. and PhD degrees in various scientific disciplines
  • M.A. and PhD degrees in education
  • Medical School

Forensic Sciences

  • Law School
  • State Crime labs

Biomedical Technology

The opportunities in Medical Laboratory Science are endless!

Last Updated: 02/14/2017