Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides the following description for medical laboratory scientist: At career entry, the medical laboratory scientist will be proficient in performing clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, and molecular and other emerging diagnostics, and will be able to play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms. Graduates will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement. They will also possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in:

  • Communications to enable consultative interactions with members of the health care team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
  • Financial operations, marketing and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective, high-quality, value-added laboratory services.
  • Information management to enable effective, timely, accurate and cost-effective reporting of laboratory-generated information.
  • Research design/practice sufficient to evaluate published studies as an informed consumer.

Upon graduation and initial employment, the medical laboratory scientist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in medical laboratory science after completion of the program.

Admission Requirements

Students who apply to the baccalaureate medical laboratory science major and who qualify for admission to UAA at the baccalaureate level are admitted as pre-medical laboratory science majors. Admission as a pre-medical laboratory science major does not guarantee admission to the program. There are a limited number of seats available in each MEDT course. The process for advancement to the full major and the formal admission to the medical laboratory science major are:

  1. Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.
  2. Accepted by UAA as pre-medical laboratory science major with transcript evaluations (if any) from Enrollment Services.
  3. Meet with an academic advisor regarding application, program admission and development of a program of study.
  4. Completion of specified prerequisite courses or equivalent transfer courses with a grade of C or better; grades received for courses repeated more than once will not be considered in the application process.
BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM A103
A103L
Survey of Chemistry
and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
4
or CHEM A105
A105L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM A104
A104L
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory
4-7
or CHEM A106
A106L
CHEM A321
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry I
MEDT A132Introduction to Laboratory Medicine3
CIS A105Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software3
or CIS A110 Computer Concepts in Business
  1. Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
  2. Complete the General Admission Requirements for the Medical Laboratory Science Department.
  3. Upon completion of specified prerequisites and general admission requirements, submit a change of major form for the full major to the Medical Laboratory Science Department.
  4. Applicants meeting the criteria described above will be ranked according to extracted science GPA, which includes specified biology, chemistry and MEDT A132 prerequisites. The number of applicants accepted into the full major will be dependent on the number of seats available in the 200-level MEDT courses. Students not accepted into the full major may reapply.

Academic Requirements

In order to progress within the Bachelor of Science Medical Laboratory Science program, students must earn a minimum grade of C or P in all Medical Laboratory Science (MEDT) courses required for the degree and demonstrate professional behavior as defined by the Medical Laboratory Science Department Core Abilities and associated behavior criteria. Satisfactory progress is demonstrated by exhibiting developing level criteria by the end of the second year (assessed by core faculty), and entry level criteria by the end of the Medical Laboratory Science practicum (assessed by clinical instructors). Students must receive a score of 3 or higher on the developing level criteria in order to progress in the program and demonstrate the critical core abilities during clinical practicum in order to graduate from the program. Students who are unable to earn an acceptable grade in MEDT courses during their initial enrollment may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space-available basis.

When the number of students admitted to the program exceeds the number that can be accommodated in the clinical practicum, students are placed on an alternate list and informed that they can complete their practicum should space become available, or they are given preference for a subsequent semester. Students receive a letter stating they are an alternate; students are required to sign and return the letter acknowledging alternate status. UAA is affiliated with clinical sites throughout the state of Alaska. Students training at clinical sites outside of Anchorage may incur additional costs related to travel and housing. The practicum coordinator will ask for volunteers to train outside of Anchorage. If there are no volunteers, students may be assigned placement. Students with higher GPAs in MEDT courses will have first preference for location. If a student is unable or unwilling to go outside of Anchorage, they will be placed on the alternate list and given preference for a subsequent semester.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Support Courses
BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM A103
A103L
Survey of Chemistry
and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory
4
or CHEM A105
A105L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM A104
A104L
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory
4-7
or CHEM A106
A106L
CHEM A321
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry I
CIS A105Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software3
or CIS A110 Computer Concepts in Business
MATH A151College Algebra for Calculus (or any MATH course for which MATH A151 is a prerequisite)4
PHIL A302Biomedical Ethics3
or PHIL A305 Professional Ethics
STAT A252Elementary Statistics (or any STAT course for which STAT A252 or STAT A253 is a prerequisite)3-4
or STAT A253 Applied Statistics for the Sciences
Core Requirements
MEDT A101
MEDT A133
Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing
and Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine
3-6
or MEDT A132 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine
MEDT A202Clinical Chemistry6
MEDT A203Clinical Microbiology6
MEDT A204Hematology and Coagulation6
MEDT A206Immunology and Blood Banking6
MEDT A208Urine and Body Fluid Analysis3
MEDT A250Cultural Diversity in Health Care1
MEDT A301Clinical Molecular Biology4
MEDT A302Clinical Laboratory Education and Management4
MEDT A303Advanced Clinical Microbiology6
MEDT A306Advanced Immunology and Blood Banking2
MEDT A401Introduction to Research2
MEDT A495Medical Laboratory Science Practicum22-23
or MEDT A395
MEDT A495
Medical Laboratory Technology Practicum
and Medical Laboratory Science Practicum
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
or WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences

A total of 123-124 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

Honors in Medical Laboratory Science

Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science are eligible to graduate with departmental honors by satisfying the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for a BS in Medical Laboratory Science.
  2. Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher in courses applicable to the degree requirements. Only UAA and transfer courses taken within the last seven years will be included in the GPA for departmental honors.
  3. Obtain approval to enroll in the honors elective from the program director.
  4. Pass the honors elective course, MEDT A402.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The specific educational outcomes for the program are to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate entry-level competencies for medical laboratory scientists in the following disciplines: hematology, chemistry, immunology, blood bank, urine and body fluid analysis, microbiology, and laboratory operations.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior including sound work ethics, cultural responsiveness and appearance while interacting with patients and health care professionals.
  • Evaluate published studies as an informed consumer.
  • Demonstrate continuing competency by certification maintenance.
  • Use educator skills to create and deliver an instructional unit.
  • Use laboratory management skills to plan, organize, staff and cost out a new clinical laboratory service.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the laboratory profession through active involvement in a professional organization.