The program in MLS is offered in cooperation with NAALCS-accredited clinical teaching labs at various partnering institutions. Fontbonne University offers two options for students interested in pursuing certification in MLS. The single-major curriculum can be completed in four years, leading to the B.S. in MLS; the double-major option requires five years; leading to double majors in Biology and MLS. Clinical internship placements, which are required for the MLS major, are awarded on a competitive basis and cannot be guaranteed by the university. After successful completion of a NAACLS accredited MLS program and receipt of the BS degree, students are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) MLS certification examination. A list of current partnering institutions can be obtained by contacting the department.
Major Retention for Medical Laboratory Science
Students seeking a degree in medical laboratory science must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 Science GPA (see “Required Courses in the Major”). Should a student’s cumulative or Science GPA fall below these values in any given semester, he or she will have teh following semester (not including summer) to raise their GPA to the required level or it will become necessary to change majors. For transfer students, the grade attained on any transferred courses will be calculated into the respective GPA for this purpose.
General Education Requirements
The following specific general education course must be chosen to meet the requirements for the MLS major:
Courses Required in Medical Laboratory Sciences (2 semesters/36 credits)
The Medical Laboratory Internship includes lectures and experiential training in the laboratory techniques and procedures utilized in a hospital setting. Fontbonne University is a partner with NAACLS-accredited teaching clinical laboratories to provide these opportunities, however acceptance into an internship is highly competitive and not guaranteed by the university. In the absence of an internship, students would complete the degree in Biology and have the option of pursuing the double major with MLS.