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Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 87
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Medical Laboratory Science Certificate
The medical laboratory sciences certificate program consists of 2-3 semesters of professional program courses and 1 semester of clinical practicum. Students from academic affiliate schools or those who already have a baccalaureate degree can apply for admission directly into the final professional year after completion of the prerequisites and the upper division science requirements. Admission is once a year for the upcoming fall semester. The program has a full-time hybrid delivery (more than 50% online delivery) through online modules, interactive television, and other technology-enhanced delivery methods. The MLS program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The program prepares students to be professional laboratory practitioners who are not only able to perform medical laboratory testing but analyze and critique the accuracy and validity of testing results for the improvement of patient care or research design. Graduates are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification examination and be certified as medical laboratory scientists. In addition to the medical laboratory setting, graduates of this program are qualified to work in a variety of other laboratory facilities such as research, environmental, biomedical, public health, or forensic laboratories. With the curriculum emphasis on developing quality understanding of laboratory methods and their diagnostic interpretation, our graduates are also excellent candidates for graduate research degree programs or graduate medical professional schools. Graduates of the MLS Program are also prepared to be leaders in healthcare delivery, medical laboratory professional societies, or as members of a research and development team. Since it began in 1922 as the first educational program for medical laboratory personnel, the MLS Program at the University of Minnesota has been a leader in the profession. Faculty in the program published the first article on quality control in the clinical laboratory, developed the first medical laboratory technician program, and established the first master's degree in clinical laboratory sciences. The program is proud to provide students with the opportunity to learn from faculty who focus on clinical excellence, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, scientific inquiry, leadership, and professional and community service. Current faculty perform laboratory-based research as well as scholarship in the field of teaching and learning. Many faculty also hold national and state offices in professional organizations, including the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). As a part of one of the nation's most extensive interdisciplinary academic health centers, the University of Minnesota's MLS program provides opportunities for interaction with students from other health professions as you prepare for a progressive career in laboratory medicine.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 10 courses before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.75 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.75 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.75 transferring from outside the University
Minimum prerequisite science GPA of 2.75 and comply with the Technical Standards (Essential Functions) requirements of the program. Pre-admission interview and skills test. Admitted students are required to pass a criminal background check and submit proof of immunizations required for U of MN Academic Health Center students.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
Students should take:
MLSP 5011W - Professional Issues in the Health Care Community [WI] (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5311 - Fundamental Biomedical Laboratory Techniques (4.0 cr)
MLSP 5511 - Principles of Immunobiology (3.0 cr)
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
Math
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Statistics
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
Chemistry and Physiology
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology (4.0 cr)
Biology
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
GCD 3022 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 4003 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
MICB 3301 - Biology of Microorganisms (5.0 cr)
or VBS 2032 - General Microbiology With Laboratory (5.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
In accordance with Minnesota law, a criminal background check is required of each student before clinical courses. The program arranges this background check.
Year 1 Fall and Spring Certificate Courses
Students should take:
MLSP 5012 - Educational Methods and Interprofessional Practice (1.0 cr)
MLSP 5013 - Scholarly Inquiry and Analysis in Medical Laboratory Sciences (1.0 cr)
MLSP 5111 - Concepts of Diagnostic Microbiology (3.0 cr)
MLSP 5112 - Application of Diagnostic Microbiology Principles (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5211 - Fundamentals in Hematology and Hemostasis (3.0 cr)
MLSP 5212 - Application of Hematology & Hemostasis Principles (1.0 cr)
MLSP 5312 - Body Fluid Analysis (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5113 - Advanced Concepts in Diagnostic Microbiology (3.0 cr)
MLSP 5213 - Diagnostic Hematology (3.0 cr)
MLSP 5214 - Advanced Hematology Morphology (1.0 cr)
MLSP 5313 - Chemical Analysis in Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
MLSP 5513 - Transfusion Medicine Principles and Methods (3.0 cr)
MLSP 5514 - Application of Transfusion Medicine Principles (2.0 cr)
Clinical Courses
These courses should be completed during the clinical rotations in the summer and fall terms following the senior year, including clinical chemistry, hematology and coagulation, transfusion medicine, and microbiology. Students should take:
MLSP 5014W - Laboratory Operations and Management in Health Care Systems [WI] (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5701 - Clinical Experience in Microbiology (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5702 - Clinical Experience in Hematology and Hemostasis (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5703 - Clinical Experience in Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis (2.0 cr)
MLSP 5704 - Clinical Experience in Transfusion Medicine (2.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Rochester
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Minnesota State University, Mankato (Affiliate Campus)
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St. Cloud State University
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University of Wisconsin - River Falls
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MLSP 5011W - Professional Issues in the Health Care Community (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Current literature and written discussion to explore the laboratory profession: healthcare systems, professional scope of practice, regulatory and licensure issues, medical ethics, Interprofessional practice models and current topics impacting health care delivery. Focus is on the medical laboratorys crucial role in patient care.
MLSP 5311 - Fundamental Biomedical Laboratory Techniques
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: CLSP 4305/MLSP 5311
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Foundations of biomedical laboratory methods, development of technical skills: safety, lab math, total testing process, method validation, Quality Control and Assurance. Emphasis on documentation and analysis, analytical techniques, microscopy, spectrophotometry, chromatography, electrochemical, immunologic, nucleic acid (molecular) techniques.
MLSP 5511 - Principles of Immunobiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Comprehensive exploration of the immune system and functions. Fundamental principles of humoral and cellular immunity. Adaptive immunity, clinical outcomes, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, cancer, transplantation, immunotherapy, and immunity against infectious diseases. Immunologic testing methods and immune function assessment are discussed.
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: BioC 3021/BioC 3022/BioC 4331/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates. Enzymes. Metabolism. DNA replication and repair, transcription, protein synthesis. Recommended prerequisites: Introductory biology (BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003 or equivalent), organic chemistry (CHEM 2301 or CHEM 2081/2085 or equivalent). Note: CBS students should take BIOC 3022 not 3021.
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A streamlined one-semester tour of differential and integral calculus in one variable, and differential calculus in two variables. No trigonometry/does not have the same depth as MATH 1271-1272. Formulas and their interpretation and use in applications. prereq: Satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1031 or 1051]
MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential calculus of functions of a single variable, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and trig functions. Applications, including optimization and related rates problems. Single variable integral calculus, using anti-derivatives and simple substitution. Applications may include area, volume, work problems. prereq: 4 yrs high school math including trig or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1151 or 1155]
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: AnSc 3011/ESPM 3012/Stat 3011/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/EPsy 5261
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1061/Chem 1071H/Chem 1081
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers. energy sources, environmental issues related to energy use. Prereq-Grade of at least C- in [1011 or 1015] or [passing placement exam, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065]; intended for science or engineering majors; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065; registration for 1065 must precede registration for 1061
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1061
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1062/Chem 1072H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Chemical kinetics. Radioactive decay. Chemical equilibrium. Solutions. Acids/bases. Solubility. Second law of thermodynamics. Electrochemistry/corrosion. Descriptive chemistry of elements. Coordination chemistry. Biochemistry. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 1061 or equiv, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1066; registration for 1066 must precede registration for 1062
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 1066/Chem 1076H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1062
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 2301/Chem 2331H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Organic compounds, constitutions, configurations, conformations, reactions. Molecular structure. Chemical reactivity/properties. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules. prereq: C- or better in 1062/1066 or 1072H/1076H
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 2302/Chem 2304/Chem 2332H
Prerequisites: Grade of at least C- in 2301
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Reactions, synthesis, and spectroscopic characterization of organic compounds, organic polymers, and biologically important classes of organic compounds such as lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, proteins, and nucleic acids. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 2301
PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phsl 3050/Phsl 3051
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How major organ systems function (nerve, muscle, circulation, respiration, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal, temperature regulation and energy metabolism). Three one-hour lectures, two-hour lab. prereq: [BIOL 1009 or 1 yr college biol], 1 yr college chem
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 1009/Biol 1009H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A comprehensive introduction to biology - includes molecular structure of living things, cell processes, energy utilization, genetic information and inheritance, mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, and ecology. Includes lab. This comprehensive course serves as a prerequisite and requirement in many majors.
GCD 3022 - Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 4003/GCD 3022
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mechanisms of heredity, implications for biological populations. Applications to practical problems. prereq: Introductory biology course such as Biol 1009
BIOL 4003 - Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 4003/GCD 3022
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Genetic information, its transmission from parents to offspring, its expression in cells/organisms, and its course in populations. prereq: Biol 2003/2003H or BioC 3021 or BioC 4331 or grad
MICB 3301 - Biology of Microorganisms
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 2032/MicB 3301/VBS 2032
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathogenesis, immunology, ecology of microbes. Molecular structure in relation to bacterial function/disease. Includes lab. prereq: [Biol 1961 and Biol 2003] or Biol 1009 or instructor permission
VBS 2032 - General Microbiology With Laboratory
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 2032/MicB 3301/VBS 2032
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Bacterial metabolism, growth/genetics, biology of viruses/fungi. Control of microorganisms. Host-microbe interactions, microorganisms/disease, applied microbiology. prereq: One semester each of college chemistry, biology
MLSP 5012 - Educational Methods and Interprofessional Practice
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to basic education theory, instructional design, development of lesson goals, objectives, content delivery methods, and assessments. Course also includes exploration of Interprofessional approach to health care. Professional identity and integrity, relationships between professions and those they serve, and teamwork.
MLSP 5013 - Scholarly Inquiry and Analysis in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Review concepts of scientific inquiry. Major steps of research project. How to select topics, evaluate literature, and construct and test working hypothesis. Analyze and interpret data, report results. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs.
MLSP 5111 - Concepts of Diagnostic Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Investigation of pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease for medically significant human bacteria and yeast including epidemiology, pathogenesis, spectrum of disease, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and therapy. Current analytical methods and applications are discussed.
MLSP 5112 - Application of Diagnostic Microbiology Principles
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of laboratory methods to identify and treat commonly encountered and clinically significant bacterial and yeast pathogens including specimen processing, culture workup, conventional microscopy, susceptibility testing, and molecular and immunological techniques. Emphasis on aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, mycobacteria, and yeast from various body sites.
MLSP 5211 - Fundamentals in Hematology and Hemostasis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anatomy and physiology of hematopoietic and coagulation systems including cell morphology, theory of routine and specialized hematology and hemostasis tests, non-malignant alterations and their etiologies, current therapeutic regimens, and clinical implications. Current analytical methods and applications are discussed.
MLSP 5212 - Application of Hematology & Hemostasis Principles
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory, performance, and application of routine and specialized diagnostic procedures. Practice in venipuncture, cell counting, white blood cell differential, red cell, white cell and platelet morphology and interpretation, and coagulation studies. Quality control in diagnostic procedures. Interpretation and correlation of laboratory findings.
MLSP 5312 - Body Fluid Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Formation and analysis of urine, cerebrospinal, pleural, peritoneal, amniotic, synovial, seminal, and other body fluids, and the correlation to pathological conditions are discussed. Laboratory skills for analysis of the physical, chemical, and microscopic characteristics of body fluids will be developed.
MLSP 5113 - Advanced Concepts in Diagnostic Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Physiology and pathogenic interactions between man and clinically significant fungal, parasitic, viral, and miscellaneous bacterial agents including the epidemiology, prevention, detection, and treatment of these agents. Current analytical methods and applications are discussed.
MLSP 5213 - Diagnostic Hematology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Blood and bone marrow in assessment of hematologic function and disease. Focus on normal development, differentiation, and abnormal changes in disease. Group integration of case data including bone marrow collection, interpretation of cytochemical stains, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, molecular diagnostics in hematologic neoplasms and disorders.
MLSP 5214 - Advanced Hematology Morphology
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Blood and bone marrow in assessment of hematologic function and presence of disease. Focus on normal development and differentiation, abnormal changes in pathologic conditions. Practice in bone marrow differential. Mastery in peripheral blood differential and morphology. Integration and interpretation of case history and specialized test data.
MLSP 5313 - Chemical Analysis in Health and Disease
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Correlation of medically significant organic and inorganic substances found in body fluids to pathophysiology of organ systems and metabolic disorders. Topics include electrolytes, blood gases, carbohydrates, lipoproteins, bone disorders, tumor markers, therapeutic drug monitoring, cardiac, hepatic, renal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal disorders. Current analytical methods and applications are discussed.
MLSP 5513 - Transfusion Medicine Principles and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Investigation of genetics, structure and detection of clinically significant blood group antigens/antibodies. Principles of donor requirements, component therapy, transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, immune hemolytic anemias, quality systems, and automation in the blood bank.
MLSP 5514 - Application of Transfusion Medicine Principles
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of standard serologic techniques to the detection/identification of blood group antigens/antibodies and hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. Evaluation of clinically significant serum titers. Performance of direct antiglobulin, compatibility, gel and molecular testing. Utilization protocols. Recognizing/resolving common problems.
MLSP 5014W - Laboratory Operations and Management in Health Care Systems (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Operational aspects of medical laboratory fiscal and personnel management laboratory information systems, total quality management, legal aspects of test reporting, government regulatory issues, certification, licensure, accreditation policies. This course meets the campus requirement for an upper division, writing intensive course, in the major.
MLSP 5701 - Clinical Experience in Microbiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical hands-on experience, application of theory, technical, and affective competencies learned on campus in a microbiology laboratory. Designed to assist students in making transition to clinical practitioner.
MLSP 5702 - Clinical Experience in Hematology and Hemostasis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical hands-on experience, apply technical and affective competencies learned on campus in a hematology and coagulation laboratory. Designed to assist students in making transition to clinical practitioner.
MLSP 5703 - Clinical Experience in Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical hands-on experience, apply technical and affective competencies learned on campus to a chemistry, urinalysis, and body fluids laboratory. Designed to assist students in making transition to clinical practitioner.
MLSP 5704 - Clinical Experience in Transfusion Medicine
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical hands-on experience, apply technical and affective competencies learned on campus to a transfusion services laboratory. Designed to assist students in making transition to clinical practitioner.