May 21, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Science, B.H.S.


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The undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program prepares medical laboratory scientists who perform laboratory tests that aid the diagnosis, prevention, prognosis, and treatment of disease. MLS graduates are employed in a variety of health care settings including hospital and private laboratories, clinics, pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, the armed forces, and public health centers. In addition to performing laboratory tests, MLS graduates can serve as consultants, managers, sales and technical representatives, and educators.

The MLS Program is offered at the Lexington campus and at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health campus in Hazard, Kentucky. Within the MLS Program there are two tracks leading to a B.H.S. with a major in Medical Laboratory Science. The Traditional Track is for students who have completed general education courses and have met the program preprofessional requirements. (This includes transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree.) The MLT to MLS Track is only applicable to those who have earned an associate degree from a Medical Laboratory Technician (or Clinical Laboratory Technician) Program. (This track is offered via distance learning.)

For additional information, refer to: www.uky.edu/chs/mls.

Or contact:

Steven Schwarze, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)
MLS Program Director
srschw3@email.uky.edu
859-218-0846

or
Allison Burton, M.S.
Academic Advisor
arrich2@uky.edu
859-218-0546

or
Heather Hardesty, M.S.
Academic Advisor
heather.hardesty@uky.edu
859-218-0491

Traditional Track Admission

The MLS program has selective admissions and students are admitted to the professional program on a competitive basis. Applicants must have completed all UK Core requirements and preprofessional requirements prior to entering the program. In addition, students holding baccalaureate degrees in a health-related science may apply to the MLS program (fulfillment of preprofessional courses is required) and earn a second baccalaureate degree.

Admission is based on cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for all courses taken at institutions of higher education (2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale), cumulative GPA for preprofessional courses, and recommendation scores. Interviews may also be used in the admissions process. Applicants must submit an application and three recommendation forms.

The application deadline is March 1 for the Lexington Campus and May 1 for the Hazard Campus.

The Curriculum

A total of 120 credits (including 60 professional program credits, preprofessional credits, UK Core requirements and the Graduation Composition and Communication requirement credits) is required to receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in MLS degree.

UK Core Requirements


See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity


II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities


III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences


IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences


V. Composition and Communication I


VI. Composition and Communication II


VII. Quantitative Foundations


VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning


IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the US


X. Global Dynamics


Subtotal: UK Core hours: 34


Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)


Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 6


Subtotal: Premajor Course hours: 20


Subtotal: Professional Course hours: 60


Upon successful completion of the professional program, all students are eligible for the national certifying exam.

MLT to MLS Track


The MLT to MLS track (bridge) is an online program only available to those who have an associate degree from a medical laboratory technician (MLT) program.

Admission

Early academic advising for this track is crucial and is available from Heather Hardesty at: heather.hardesty@uky.edu and Sarah Sheff at: sarah.sheff@uky.edu.

The MLS Program has selective admissions and students are admitted to the professional program on a competitive basis. Applicants must have completed all UK Core requirements and preprofessional requirements prior to entering the program. Admission requirements include: cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for all courses taken at institutions of higher education of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, successful completion of all preprofessional courses, an associate degree from a MLT/CLT program, and certification (BOC preferred) or documentation of five years of work experience in a MLT position within a multidisciplinary laboratory, and current employment in a clinical laboratory that offers testing in all major disciplines. Admission is based on GPA, cumulative GPA for preprofessional courses, and recommendation scores. Interviews may also be used in the admissions process. Applicants must submit an application, three recommendation forms, official transcripts, resume, and documentation of MLT/CLT program completion.

The application deadline is June 1.

The Curriculum

A total of 120 credits (including 40-48 professional program credits, preprofessional credits, UK core requirements, and the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement) is required to receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in MLS degree.

UK Core Requirements


UK Core Requirements are the same as those listed above under the Traditional Track heading.

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)


Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 6


Subtotal: Preprofessional Course hours: 15


Subtotal: Professional Course hours: 40-48


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