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Medical Laboratory Science

WHEN DOCTORS AND PATIENTS NEED ANSWERS, THEY TURN TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTS. BEHIND THE SCENES, THESE MEDICAL INVESTIGATORS ANALYZE BLOOD, FLUID, TISSUE AND MORE TO HELP DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DISEASE. SKILLED MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND ACROSS THE U.S. WE’LL HELP YOU BECOME ONE OF THEM!

BE A MEDICAL INVESTIGATOR

We offer a NAACLS accredited bachelor’s degree program and a post-baccalaureate certificate program in medical laboratory science. Both programs include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and anatomy courses and emphasize hands-on learning. You’ll spend a lot of time experimenting in our sophisticated medical and science labs. There, you’ll work side-by-side with real professors – not graduate assistants or lab instructors. 

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our medical laboratory science students experience real-world situations. They practice procedures utilized in today’s laboratories, develop specimen collection skills through participation in numerous health fairs, and collaborate with other health profession students on case studies. They star on our sports teams, participate in music ensembles and lead student organizations.

Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be part of close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, clinical practicum experiences, and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Upon graduation, you’ll have the scientific knowledge, skills and experience to play an important role in the health care system.

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Curriculum

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

GET INVOLVED

Join a professional organization and you’ll discover opportunities in your field and meet new people. The Professional Association of Medical Laboratory Students (PAMLS) provides opportunities to visit area hospital laboratories, participate in the planning and implementation of a continuing education event, assist with campus health fairs, and attend regional conferences. We have dozens of student organizations and honorary societies on campus. You’re sure to find one or two student organizations – or several – that fit you.



Kelsea Redinger

THINK SUCCESS

KELSEA REDINGER BS WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY ’11 AND MLS POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE ‘12

What I enjoy most about my career is assisting physicians in an important part of a patient’s diagnosis. Medical laboratory scientists are usually the first medical professionals that screen patients for cancers and other medical issues. I love playing this vital role in medicine.

Kelsea Redinger majored in medical laboratory science because she wanted to experience many facets of medicine with a single degree. At ONU, she was active in many student organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a national service-based leadership-development organization. As secretary of ONU’s chapter, she attended the APO National Conference in Atlanta and was appointed a voting delegate. She remains active in APO today while working as the hematology lead technologist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. “ONU is a great place to learn how to be a professional. There are many leadership opportunities available that can prepare you for your future career.”

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Over the past five years, 100 percent of our medical laboratory science majors were employed full-time in their field or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduating.
  • Our graduates are employed in laboratories of top-notch medical institutions including The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus, OH), University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Clinic, Lima Memorial Health Systems, and Blanchard Valley Health Systems (Findlay. OH)
  • WCOMLS Program Statistics 2013-2015
    • Graduate Placement Rate = 100%
    • Graduation Rate = 100%
    • Attrition Rate = 0%
    • ASCP BOC Pass Rate (within 1 yr. of graduation) = 92%

COURSES

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BSMLS) degree requires six semesters of prerequisite course work plus participation in a 12 month clinical training experience known as the West Central Ohio Medical Laboratory Science Program. Students seeking a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in MLS must have a Baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited college or university, meet prerequisite course requirements, and participate in the 12 month clinical training experience. Some courses you’ll take as  a BSMLS major include:

  • Prerequisite courses
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Genetics
    • Histology
    • Microbiology
    • General Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical courses
    • Biological Fluids
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • Hematology and Hemostasis
    • Clinical Immunology
    • Blood Banking and Transfusion Science

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Community blood centers 
  • Medical research centers 
  • Public health laboratories 
  • University research centers

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent medical laboratory science graduates have ended up: OSU Wexner Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Lima Memorial Health System.

Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences

Jane Brown

419-772-2325
j-brown@onu.edu
Meyer 118
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed