Skip to page content
Return to Top

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

front

About the Program

Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System, offers the professional year of medical laboratory science training through its Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Professional year of the 3 + 1 year university-based program begins at the Richard C. Schaffer Educational Building in Fort Worth. This ten month intensive study in lecture courses and basic laboratory techniques includes Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, Molecular Pathology, and Laboratory Management. These courses are reinforced with clinical practice during the next six months at the affiliated hospital labs. The professional program consists of a total of 54 credit hours of coursework (48 undergraduate, 6 graduate).

Employment

The Department actively collects information regarding potential jobs and makes this information available to all students. Services of the University Placement Offices are also available. Graduates of the program are employed through the North Central Texas area as well as the state and the nation.

American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists will find employment in a variety of fields including but not limited to hospital and reference labs, veterinary labs, instrument sales and service, research and forensic labs.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to complete their fourth year of undergraduate study or those who have completed a baccalaureate degree program are eligible to apply to the Program if they meet the standards established by the University (in conjunction with those set forth by NAACLS).

The Tarleton MLS program has a minimum requirement of 73 semester hours applicable toward a baccalaureate degree (including general education requirements) that must be completed prior to admission with 16 semester hours in Biology (including Microbiology); 16 hours in Chemistry (including either Organic or Biochemistry); and 3 hours of college-level mathematics.

Candidates with degrees must meet the minimum requirements listed above of 16 semester hours in Biology (including Microbiology); 16 hours in Chemistry (including either Organic or Biochemistry); and 3 hours of college-level mathematics.  In addition, if a degreed applicant has prerequisite coursework in the area of Microbiology, Immunology, and Organic or Biochemistry which is greater than seven years of age, that coursework must be updated by repeating those or more advanced courses within that content area.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition and fees are charged in accordance with the fee structure for the University. Typical costs for Texas residents are approximately $3300 for Fall and Spring semesters and $1900 for Summer semesters. Additional expenses incurred include those for room and board, books, health and liability insurance, course manuals and immunizations. As an enrolled student of the University, the MLS student is eligible for scholarships and loans through the Financial Aid office of the University. Additionally, some local scholarships are available for Medical Laboratory Science students.

Application Procedures & Deadlines

Two classes per year are accepted, one in January and one in July. Students are admitted on a competitive basis through an evaluation based on letters of reference and academic performance (overall GPA of 2.8 or 2.5 or greater with science GPA of 2.8 or greater). Official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be submitted prior to scheduling a program preview.

Apply now for the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program.

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597. Students are encouraged to develop professional growth by participating as student members in professional societies such as ASCLS and ASCP. Extracurricular activities include participation in local and state meetings and a local chapter of Lambda Tau National Medical Laboratory Science Honor Society.

Faculty members of the Department are Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists with Advanced degrees and/or specialty certification and varied clinical experiences offering a diverse academic presentation. Additionally, the staff is assisted by pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists from the affiliated clinical laboratories.

Outcomes for NAACLS Program

Program Certification Pass Rate* Employment/ Further Education Rates*
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Medical Laboratory Technology 100% (24/24) 100% (22/22) 91% (32/35) 96% (25/26) 100% (17/17) 100% (24/24) 100% (22/22) 91% (32/35) 96% (25/26) 88% (15/17)
Histotechnology 85% (11/13) 86% (12/14) 82% (14/17) 81% (13/16) 92% (12/13) 85% (11/13) 93% (13/14) 82% (14/17) 88% (14/16) 92% (12/13)
Medical Laboratory Science 100% (34/34) 100% (38/38) 100% (39/39) 100% (43/43) 95% (19/20) 100% (34/34) 100% (38/38) 100% (39/39) 100% (43/43) 95% (19/20)

*Students graduate from our Histotechnology program are eligible to take the ASCP HT exam or the ASCP HTL exam if they are obtained a bachelor’s degree. Rates are reported for students taking both the ASCP HT and HTL exams. NAACLS reporting requires only the HT exam pass rate be reported, which is as follows: 2012 (86%), 2014 (92%), 2015 (80%). Overall pass rate for the program (since 2005) is 91%.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate students may elect to receive their BS degree from Tarleton or from another University by prior arrangement. Requirements for receiving the BS from Tarleton are listed in the most current catalog and are summarized below.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 3
ENGL 1302 3
ENGL 2310 3
COMM 1311 3
HIST 1301 3
HIST 1302 3
POLS 2305 3
POLS 2306 3
PSYC 2301 3
Visual & Performing Arts 3
MATH 1314 3
MATH 1316 3
CHEM 1411 4
CHEM 1412 4
CHEM 2423 4
CHEM 4374 3
BIOL 1406 4
BIOL 1407 4
BIOL 3407 4
BIOL 3485 4
BIOL 4460 4
MOLS* 48
TOTAL 120*

* An additional six credit hours of graduate courses will be required for the MLS Certificate.
Note: The academic foundation of this degree plan may vary among the various colleges/universities. If you plan to obtain your degree from another institution visit the advisor at that institution

Partners

Located in the central hospital district of Fort Worth, at 1501 Enderly Place, the Department has the support of eighteen medical institutions:

Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Sites

  • Baylor All Saint’s Medical Center
  • Baylor Medical Center at Irving
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Fort Worth
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist HEB
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Southwest
  • Texas Heath Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Cleburne
  • Huguley Memorial Hospital
  • Carter BloodCare          
  • John Peter Smith Hospital (TCHD)
  • HCA Plaza Medical Center        
  • HCA Medical Center of Plano
  • HCA North Hills
  • HCA Medical Center of Arlington
  • HCA Denton Regional Medical Center    
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center      
  • Weatherford Regional Medical Center

Enrichment site rotations are offered by invitation to capable Medical Laboratory Science students who wish to pursue a selected problem of study. Enrichment sites used to date include: Cook Children's Medical Center, UNT Health Science Center DNA and Forensic Laboratories and the Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Contact

Katherine Blakely
MLS Program Coordinator
Tarleton State University
1501 Enderly Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
blakely@tarleton.edu
Phone:817-926-1101
Fax: 817-922-8103