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MLT to MLS Online Degree Program
MLS Bridge Program

Degree Requirements

Students will be awarded credit hours for MLT ASCP certification and required core courses completed with a “C” or better grade.  Students must complete 10-20 credit hours (may vary depending on MLT program) of prerequisite science and core courses and 31 credit hours of professional level Medical Laboratory Science courses.

Core Curriculum and General Education requirements may be offered online. Any pre-requisite course (science) not offered online may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution of  higher education or taken on campus at ULM.

The 31 credit hours of required professional level Medical Laboratory Science courses will be offered online. Verification of clinical competencies required for practicum courses and entry level practice will be assessed in an approved medical laboratory by an approved preceptor. 

The Medical Laboratory Science program at ULM is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical  Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

For more information about ULM's Medical Laboratory Science Bridge Program contact:   

MLS Bridge Program Online Coordinator
      Medical Laboratory Science Department
      College of Health Sciences
      University of Louisiana Monroe
      700 University Avenue
      Monroe, LA  71209-0440
      318-342-1633 or mlsbridge@ulm.edu

   

Admission Requirements  

  1. Admission to the University and submission of all official transcripts to the Office of  Registrar by the published deadlines, available at www.ulm.edu/registrar.    
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point  average of 2.5 (uncorrected) on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A minimum grade of “C” or better in all required mathematics, biology, chemistry, and Medical Laboratory  Technician courses. No grade below a “C” will be accepted for fulfillment of the MLT-MLS Bridge Program.
  4. Complete and submit the application packet for the MLS Bridge Program. This process can occur concurrently with the ULM's application process.
  5. If admitted to MLS Bridge Program enroll in pre-requisite general academic courses each semester until all pre-requisite courses are complete. 
    • Student will be allowed to enroll in one on-line MLS-Bridge course while working on pre-requisite courses. 
    • Once all pre-requisite courses are completed, the student will be allowed to enroll in more than one online MLS-Bridge course. 
  6. Graduate of a NAACLS accredited MLT program.
  7. Certified as a MLT by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
  8. Currently practicing as a MLT with access to all major areas of the medical laboratory (Hematology,  Microbiology, Chemistry, and Immunohematology)
    • Must have proof of current license in states with licensure
    • MLSC 4022-4053 requires laboratory time outside of work hours to complete clinical competencies in Hematology, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Immunohematology
    • MLSC 4010 will require one  laboratory session on the ULM campus to complete competencies in Molecular Diagnostics
  9. Submit two letters of recommendation from each of the following:
    • Employer
    • MLT Program Director

If accepted to the MLS Bridge program the student will be required to: 

  1. Select a qualified Medical Laboratory Scientist preceptor that must be approved by ULM  to mentor and validate clinical competencies
  2. Select a qualified proctor for mid-term and final exams in each MLS course that must  be approved by ULM
  3. Complete Background Check and Drug Screen in accordance with the College of Health Sciences’ policy (depends on the clinical site’s requirements where the verification of clinical competencies are performed)

 

 


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