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Medical Lab Science Professor and Student

Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


Locations Available

  • 1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.



B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science


The Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) provide an intense curriculum that encompasses lecture courses and basic laboratory techniques. Some of our curriculum focuses include:

  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Laboratory Management

The MLS program is reinforced with clinical practice and hands-on experience during a six-month span at one of the Tarleton affiliated hospital labs.

Jump Right In

Acceptance to the MLS program is on a competitive basis. Students must successfully complete prerequisites prior to entering the technical portion of the program.

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


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Plan Your Future

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our program have gone on to careers such as:

  • Laboratory Information Systems
  • Forensics
  • Research and Product Development
  • Laboratory Computer Specialization
  • Laboratory Research
Get Certified

Get Certified

All students who successfully complete the Professional Degree Program will be awarded the Professional Certificate from Tarleton State University, and will also be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists. The National Certification Examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists is provide by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Receiving the certificate and/or degree from Tarleton State University is not contingent on passing other National Certification Exams.

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Handshake
  • Job fairs
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And much more!

Program Objectives

Our mission is to produce laboratory professionals who are prepared to assume leadership roles in the State of Texas. This program will provide

  • A stimulating and rewarding working/learning environment
  • An academically progressive environment
  • A social environment for both faculty and students.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
MDLS 4096 Advanced Clinical Practicum
MDLS 4116 Body Fluid Analysis
MDLS 4182 Computer Applications in Science and Medicine
MDLS 4202 Molecular Diagnostics
BIOL 3395 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL 3485 Immunology
BIOL 4350 Vaccines
BIOL 4460 Animal Physiology
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

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Clinical Practice

Students in our program can gain real-world experience through affiliated hospitals such as:

  • Baylor All Saint’s Medical Center
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • JPS Heath Network (TCHD)
  • Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Cleburne
  • Huguley Memorial Hospital
  • HCA Plaza Medical Center  
  • HCA North Hills
  • HCA Medical Center of Arlington
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center
Exceptional Faculty

Exceptional Faculty

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science faculty members are Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists with advanced degrees and/or specialty certification. Our faculty have various clinical experiences, which is what drives the diverse academic presentation in our program. Additionally, the staff is assisted by pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists from the affiliated clinical laboratories.

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The Richard C. Schaffer Educational Building is located in the Central Hospital District of Fort Worth and consists of these six laboratories:

  • Hematology, hemostasis and urinalysis/body fluids
  • Chemistry
  • Immunohematology and immunology/serology
  • Microbiology, parasitology, mycology, and histology
  • Molecular diagnostics: pre-amplification, amplification, nucleic acid extraction, NGS
  • Protein laboratory: Blotting techniques
Student Resources

Student Resources

Students are encouraged to grow professionally by participating as members in professional societies such as The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Other professional development opportunities include participation in both local and state meetings, among many others.