Traditional 2-Year Degree
These are usually offered in community colleges. Students take one year of general education and specific science courses and then get an internship in a medical laboratory as part of their second year of education.
Traditional (3+1) Degree
This is also known as the traditional route to a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science. Students typically take about 90 college credits at a college or university that offers the MLS degree.
2nd BS (4+1)
This is an increasingly common route to a medical laboratory career. In most cases, students have graduated with a bachelor of science degree - typically in a biology or chemistry major. These students then enter into an internship to be trained on the specific skills needed in medical laboratories.
At the end of the education and degree process, a professional certification is available through a special test offered through these organizations. Contact us for more information.
Those with medical laboratory training through branches of the U.S. military are also employed by medical laboratories.
Some of the professional certifications include: ASCP, AMT, ASCLS, and others.
As you consider a career in the medical laboratory, we thought you might find it intersting to have a mental vision of what your internship might look like.
A typical day would include time in the laboratory (often called: "on the bench"). It would also include time dedicated to more focused classroom or online study.
For example, the first 4 hours of the day may be spent learning how to do blood types and crossmatch units of blood. There could be 2-3 hours later that day studying gram negative bacilli in microbiology.
Of course, there would be breaks and open time for other projects or assignments.
Here is a page we created with a variety of web resources about a medical laboratory science career.
The link below will let you share where you are in your academic career so that we can provide you the best guidance in pursuing a medical laboratory career.