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Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

About the program

Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System, offers the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences professional degree through its Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas. The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MS-MLS) offers students either a non-thesis track with two emphasis areas (Molecular Diagnostics or Laboratory Management) or a thesis track with emphasis in Molecular Diagnostics. All of the MS-MLS degree options are thirty-six credit hours.

Admission

Requirements for Acceptance into the Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program

  1. All students must first be accepted into the Graduate School prior to being accepted into the MS in MLS. Applications may be placed on-line.  Students MUST submit GRE scores to the graduate school.
  2. Students must apply to the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences to the MS in MLS degree.  Applications may be found at www.tarleton.edu/medicallab. Requirements for transcripts and recommendations are listed on the website.
  3. Once we have received approval of a student’s acceptance into the graduate School and we have received the departmental application, fee and all supporting required documents (transcripts and recommendations) our acceptance committee will meet to make a decision.  We cannot make an acceptance decision without the required documents.

Requirements for Admission to Specific MS in MLS Emphasis Areas:

1. Admission to the Laboratory Management track of the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences requires professional certification in one of the following areas:

  • MLS/MT (ASCP)
  • HTL (ASCP)
  • CT (ASCP)
  • CG (ASCP)
  • ASCP Specialist (SM, SC, SH or SBB)
  • Or approval of the Program Director

2. Admission to the Molecular Diagnostics  non-thesis track of the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences requires EITHER

a. Professional certification in one of the following areas:

  • MLS/MT (ASCP)
  • HTL (ASCP)
  • CT (ASCP)
  • CG (ASCP)
  • ASCP Specialist (SM, SC, SH or SBB)

OR

b. B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or a related field with a   minimum 16 credit hours in biology (including microbiology, immunology, molecular biology), 16 credit hours in chemistry (including 8 hours in inorganic chemistry and 8 hours of organic chemistry or 4 hours organic chemistry and 4 hours biochemistry)

OR

c. Approval of the Program Director

3. Admission to the thesis Molecular Diagnostics track of the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences may only be made after students have been officially accepted into the MS in MLS non-thesis Molecular Diagnostics tract AND have completed two semesters of coursework including MLS 550 and MLS 551 (Molecular Diagnostics Techniques I and II).  In order to request thesis tract acceptance, students must petition the Program Director submitting transcripts documenting successful completion of MLS 550 and 551. The MLS Graduate Faculty will meet to select thesis tract candidates.  It will be the responsibility of the student to select and gain written approval of the Chair of the Thesis Committee.

4. Admission to the Clinical Cytogenetics track of the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences requires EITHER

a. Professional certification in one of the following areas:

  • MLS/MT (ASCP)
  • HTL (ASCP)
  • CT (ASCP)
  • CG (ASCP)
  • ASCP Specialist (SM, SC, SH or SBB)

OR

b. B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or a related field with a minimum 16 credit hours in biology (including microbiology, immunology, molecular biology), 16 credit hours in chemistry (including 8 hours in inorganic chemistry and 8 hours of organic chemistry or 4 hours organic chemistry and 4 hours biochemistry)

OR

c. Approval of the Program Director

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition and fees are charged in accordance with the fee structure for the University. Tuition and fees may be calculated at http://www.tarleton.edu/FINADMINWEB/business/estimatedcost.html. Additional expenses incurred include: room, board, books, liability insurance, physical exam, immunizations, uniforms, drug screen and background check. As an enrolled student of the University, the MS-MLS student is eligible for scholarships and loans through the Financial Aid office of the University. Additionally, some local scholarships are available for students within the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Application Procedures & Deadlines

A $35 non-refundable application fee will be charged for all applications. Application deadlines are May 1 for Fall classes, September 1 for Spring classes, and March 1 for Summer classes. All required documents (application, application fee , transcripts, and references (3)) must be received prior to deadline dates. Applications may be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/medicallab/forms.html

Degree Requirements

Outcomes for NAACLS Program

Outcomes Statistics 2012-2013
Certification Pass Rate Employment / Further Education Rates
Medical Laboratory Technology 100% (24/24) 100% (24/24)
Histotechnology 100% (17/17) 100% (17/17)
Medical Laboratory Science 100% (42/42) 100% (42/42)
Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MDS) 100% (3/3) 100% (3/3)

Contact

For additional information contact:

Sally Lewis, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP), HTL, MB
1501 Enderly Place Fort Worth, Texas 76104
slewis@tarleton.edu
Ph 817.926.1101 Fax 817.922.8103