Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Degree:Bachelor of Science B.S.
Major:Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Specialization:MLT to MLS
Certificates:Categorical Concentration in Core Lab (Hematology & Clinical Chemistry)
Technologist in Clinical Chemistry
Technologist in Hematology
Technologist in Microbiology
Department:Medical Laboratory Sciences
Building 58, Room 79
850-474-2882
http://uwf.edu/mls
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.1005
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 126

The B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (formerly Medical Technology) is a degree accredited by:
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone (773) 714-8880 or at http://www.naacls.org/

Building upon a foundation of biology and chemistry courses, the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program prepares students to enter the CLS profession through advanced hands-on training in the clinical laboratory sciences.

Upon completion of the program and the achievement of certification and license, clinical laboratory scientists are employed in a variety of health-care settings as laboratory technologists, progressing to supervisory and management positions. A majority of students graduating with this degree work in clinical laboratories. Others work in research labs, reference labs, public-health labs, blood banks, crime labs, physicians’ office labs, and so on.

Program Requirements

Upon completion of the prerequisite courses listed below and other graduation requirements, the student is eligible to apply for selection into the clinical year. It should be noted that admission into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program’s clinical year (19 months) is on a competitive basis, is limited to 40 students per class. The clinical year begins in spring or summer semester of the student’s junior year. Note that meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission into the program. Students who completed the prerequisite course work at another university may apply and be admitted to UWF-based clinical training, provided they meet the selection criteria given above. The selection into the clinical year is based on the following:

  • Completion of all the prerequisite course work
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the completed course work
  • Personal interview with the selection committee
  • Recommendation letters

The accelerated nature of this program makes it desirable that students entering UWF as juniors have completed the prerequisites or equivalents listed below. Students with deficiencies may need two years to complete the lower division and junior-year prerequisites in order to be eligible for selection into the clinical year.

Students who are selected for clinical training will spend summer and fall semesters at UWF’s main campus, followed by seven months of advanced clinical laboratory training at one of the affiliate hospitals. Students should contact the department for information about finishing the required clinical training after completing the B.S. degree and for a list of affiliated clinical training sites.

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences must meet the requirements listed below. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each major course (clinical courses with a MLS prefix).

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1085+LAnatomy and Physiology I (+Lab) *4
BSC 1086+LAnatomy and Physiology II (+Lab)4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
CHM 2210+LOrganic Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2211+LOrganic Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
MCB 3020+LMicrobiology (+Lab) *4
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
BSC 2010+LBiology I (+Lab)4
Total Hours35

Major

MLS 4191+LMolecular Diagnostics (+Lab) +4
MLS 4505+LClinical Immunology (+Lab) +4
MLS 4220+LUrinalysis/Body Fluids I (+Lab) +2
MLS 4305+LHematology I (+Lab) +4
MLS 4334+LHemostasis and Thrombosis (+Lab) +2
MLS 4460+LDiagnostic Microbiology I (+Lab) +4
MLS 4462+LMedical Microbiology (+Lab) +4
MLS 4550+LImmunohematology I (+Lab) +4
MLS 4625+LClinical Chemistry I (+Lab) +3
MLS 4630+LClinical Chemistry II (+Lab) +3
MLS 4705Special Clinical Topics +1
MLS 4820LClinical Chemistry III +4
MLS 4821LDiagnostic Microbiology II +4
MLS 4822LHematology II +4
MLS 4823LImmunohematology II +4
MLS 4824LSpecial Clinical Methods +2
MLS 4825LUrinalysis/Body Fluids II +2
Total Hours55

Major-Related

BCH 3033+LBiochemistry I (+Lab)4
HSC 3555Pathophysiology3
PCB 3063+LGenetics (+Lab)4
Total Hours11

The B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences is a degree accredited by:
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone (773) 714-8880 or at http://www.naacls.org/

Upon completion of the program and the achievement of certification and license, medical laboratory scientists are employed in a variety of health-care settings, progressing to supervisory and management positions. A majority of students graduating with this degree will work in clinical and military laboratories. Others will work in research labs, reference labs, public-health labs, blood banks, crime labs, physicians’ office labs, and so on. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) with an Associate’s degree who are credentialed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Medical Technologists (AMT) or American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) qualify for admission into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences MLT to MLS specialization.

Not all states authorize online programs, if you are residing outside of Florida you will want to check the status of your state's acceptance of this program: UWF State Authorization Status

Some US states have special training requirements. Students seeking state licensure in California and New York may need to complete additional training hours to comply with state license requirements. 

This program will not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. Contact the International Affairs Office for further information.

Acceptance to the University does not constitute admission to the upper division Clinical Laboratory Sciences program. Students entering UWF who declare a major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences will automatically be placed in a pending status until they meet the requirements for admission.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s general admission requirements, students in the MLT to MLS specialization program must meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  • Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree from a college and completion of the common prerequisites of the program, or military training as a Medical Laboratory Technician and an Associate of Arts degree and the common prerequisites of the program
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
  • Certification as an MLT by ASCP, AMT or AAB
  • Submission of a departmental application by the published deadline (see website for deadline and online application)
  • Recommendation letters as requested
  • Phone interview with selection committee

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

 General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to acceptance into the MLT to MLS specialization. See the Common Prerequisites for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
BSC 1085+LAnatomy and Physiology I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2210+LOrganic Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
MCB 3020+LMicrobiology (+Lab) (or MCB 2010C)4
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Choose one of the following options:4
Option 1
Biology I (+Lab) *
Option 2
Anatomy and Physiology II (+Lab) *
Total Hours27

* Common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Studies requirements.

Lower Division electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 semester hours in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. 4
Total Hours4

Major

MLS 4193CMolecular Diagnostics for the MLT to MLS track +4
MLS 4506CClinical Immunology for the MLT to MLS track +4
MLS 4221CUrinalysis/Body Fluids for the MLT to MLS track +3
MLS 4306CHematology for the MLT to MLS track +4
MLS 4335CHemostasis and Thrombosis for the MLT to MLS track +3
MLS 4461CDiagnostic Microbiology for the MLT to MLS track +4
MLS 4463CMedical Microbiology for the MLT to MLS track +4
MLS 4552CImmunohematology for the MLT to MLS track +4
MLS 4626CClinical Chemistry I for the MLT to MLS +3
MLS 4704Clinical Management Portfolio for the MLT to MLS track + ** 3
MLS 4631CClinical Chemistry II for the MLT to MLS +3
Total Hours39

** Gordon Rule course

+ Courses included in the major GPA

Major-Related

MLS 3194Clinical Genetics +3
HSC 3555Pathophysiology +3
or HSC 3535 Medical Terminology
MLS 3621Clinical Biochemistry +3
Total Hours9

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.12
Total Hours12

Up to 12 semester hours of MLT courses will be validated for transfer credit based upon MLT certification and successful completion of the major courses in the program.

Graduation requirements stipulate a student must earn the last 30 hours of coursework at the University of West Florida.

Categorical Concentration in Core Lab (Hematology & Clinical Chemistry) Certificate

Individuals with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university in Biology, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences can complete the requirements to become a Technologist in the departments of Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, and Body Fluids through this innovative online + internship curriculum. After completion, the candidate can sit for the categorical exam in Hematology and Clinical Chemistry, and be certified as a Technologist in Chemistry C(ASCP) and Hematology H(ASCP). The certification qualifies the candidate for positions in the Clinical Chemistry and Hematology sections of medical facilities.

The program is limited to employees of institutions currently affiliated with the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the University of West Florida. Students are expected to perform the internship courses of the curriculum at their place of employment.

Prerequisite courses include Human Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry.

MLS 4306CHematology for the MLT to MLS track4
MLS 4335CHemostasis and Thrombosis for the MLT to MLS track3
MLS 4221CUrinalysis/Body Fluids for the MLT to MLS track3
MLS 4626CClinical Chemistry I for the MLT to MLS3
MLS 4631CClinical Chemistry II for the MLT to MLS3
MLS 4705Special Clinical Topics1
MLS 4820LClinical Chemistry III4
MLS 4822LHematology II4
Total Hours25

Technologist in Clinical Chemistry Certificate

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university in Biology, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences can complete the requirements to become a Technologist in the departments of Clinical Chemistry and Body Fluids through this innovative online + internship curriculum. After completion, the candidate can sit for the categorical exam in Clinical Chemistry, and be certified as a Technologist in Chemistry C(ASCP). The certification qualifies the candidate for positions in the Clinical Chemistry section of medical facilities.

The program is limited to employees of institutions currently affiliated with the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the University of West Florida. Students are expected to perform the internship courses of the curriculum at their place of employment.

Prerequisite courses include Human Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry.

MLS 4221CUrinalysis/Body Fluids for the MLT to MLS track3
MLS 4626CClinical Chemistry I for the MLT to MLS3
MLS 4631CClinical Chemistry II for the MLT to MLS3
MLS 4705Special Clinical Topics1
MLS 4820LClinical Chemistry III4
Total Hours14

Technologist in Hematology Certificate

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university in Biology, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences can complete the requirements to become a Technologist in the department of Hematology/ Body Fluids through this innovative online + internship curriculum. After completion, the candidate can sit for the categorical exam in Hematology and be certified as a Technologist in Hematology H(ASCP). The certification qualifies the candidate for positions in the Hematology/Body Fluids sections of medical facilities.

The program is limited to employees of institutions currently affiliated with the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the University of West Florida. Students are expected to perform the internship courses of the curriculum at their place of employment.

Prerequisite courses include Human Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry.

MLS 4306CHematology for the MLT to MLS track4
MLS 4335CHemostasis and Thrombosis for the MLT to MLS track3
MLS 4221CUrinalysis/Body Fluids for the MLT to MLS track3
MLS 4705Special Clinical Topics1
MLS 4822LHematology II4
Total Hours15

Technologist in Microbiology Certificate

Individuals with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences can complete the requirements to become a Technologist in Microbiology through this innovative online + internship curriculum. After completion, the candidate can sit for the categorical exam in Microbiology, and be certified as a Technologist in Microbiology M(ASCP). The certification qualifies the candidate for positions in the Microbiology section of medical facilities.

The program is limited to employees of institutions currently affiliated with the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the University of West Florida. Students are expected to perform the internship courses of the curriculum at their place of employment.

Prerequisite courses include Human Physiology, General Microbiology, Genetics and Biochemistry.

MLS 4461CDiagnostic Microbiology for the MLT to MLS track4
MLS 4463CMedical Microbiology for the MLT to MLS track4
MLS 4506CClinical Immunology for the MLT to MLS track4
MLS 4705Special Clinical Topics1
MLS 4193CMolecular Diagnostics for the MLT to MLS track4
MLS 4821LDiagnostic Microbiology II4
MLS 4824LSpecial Clinical Methods2
Total Hours23