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Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)


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).


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.

A $35 non-refundable application fee will be charged for all applications. Application deadlines are March 1 for July classes, and September 1 for January classes. All transcripts, applications and references must be received prior to deadline dates. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance status by April 15 or October 15 for the next respective class. All applicants must reapply for each class for which they wish to be considered. Applications may be found at


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.

Graduation / Certification

Upon successful completion of the degree plan the student is eligible for graduation from Tarleton State University (BS degree) or may transfer the hours to an affiliated college/university for conferral of degree. The intent to transfer credit will be established prior to admission and confirmed with presentation of a degree statement from the college/university outlining the degree plan and certifying that the degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Science professional curriculum.

All students successfully completing the professional program are awarded the professional certificate from Tarleton and are eligible to sit for the national certification examinations for Medical Laboratory Scientist MLS(ASCP). Awarding of the certificate and degree from Tarleton is not contingent upon passing national certification exams.

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.

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.



Course Credit Hours
ENGL 111 3
ENGL 112 3
ENGL 220 3
COMS 101 or 102 or 301 3
HLTH 101 2
HIST 201 3
HIST 202 3
POLS 201 3
POLS 202 3
Visual & Performing Arts 3
MATH 107 3
MATH 109 3
CHEM 105 4
CHEM 108 4
CHEM 201 4
CHEM 474 3
BIOL 120 4
BIOL 121 4
BIOL 307 4
BIOL 385 4
BIOL 460 4
MLS* 48
TOTAL 121*

* 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.

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to maintain complete equality in offering of all benefits to students without regards to sex, race, color, or national origin.


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.


For additional information contact:

Virginia Reyes, M.Ed., MT(ASCP)SBB
MLS Program Advisor
Tarleton State University
1501 Enderly Place Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Ph 817.926.1101 Fax 817.922.8103


To apply to this program, complete the MLS application and mail to the address on the application with the $35 non-refundable application fee.  Three academic and/or professional references are also required along with original transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended.

After you are accepted into the program, you will then be instructed to apply to Tarleton State University: