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Charleston Southern University offers two pathways to prepare for the Medical Laboratory Science ASCP BOC certification exam.  The first path is the Bachelor of Technology: Medical Laboratory Technology which is for students that already have an Associate‚Äôs Degree from an accredited medical laboratory technology program. The second is the BS Biology: Medical Laboratory Science which is for students with no previous medical laboratory experience.

Bachelor of Technology: Medical Laboratory Technology

The BT Medical Laboratory Technology program allows for students who already have their MLT certification to transfer up to 89 credits to CSU.  There are no additional clinical rotations required for graduation.  This program was designed for the student to earn their Bachelors of Technology through coursework so that they can qualify for the ASCP BOC MLS certification exam.  Students will work with the Medical Laboratory Science Coordinator to create a unique degree plan for graduation.  For more information, please click here.

Bachelor of Science: Medical Laboratory Science

The BS in Biology: Medical Laboratory Science emphasis was designed for students that want a medical laboratory career but have no previous experience with medical laboratory science. This degree is a 3+1 or 4+1 program; this means students will take their required coursework during their first 3 (or 4) years at CSU and the final year of their degree will be spent off campus doing clinical rotations at affiliated clinical sites.  Students in this program will earn their required ELR credits during their final year. This program is also suitable for students that have already completed their BS degree in Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry.  Students wishing to complete the year of clinical rotations need to apply in the fall semester before they begin their clinical year. The clinical year is approximately 11 months (May-May) and includes a 13-week summer practicum experience to be completed at an approved off-campus clinical site.

MLS Program Partnerships

Charleston Southern University is partnered with University of Nebraska Medical Center's Medical Laboratory Science Program (NAACLS Accredited). The coursework at CSU along with the 11-month program will constitute a BS in Biology: Medical Laboratory Science and the student is then eligible to sit for the MLS national certification exam.




Professional Links

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) provides dynamic leadership and vigorously promotes all aspects of clinical science practice, education and management to ensure excellent, accessible cost-effective laboratory services for the consumers of health care.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology's (ASCP) membership consists of more than 129,000 laboratory professionals including clinical laboratory scientists, and was organized exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes.

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is a separate certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Inc. (ASCP).

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier international agency for for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions through the involvement of expert volunteers and its dedication to public service.


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