Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

Curriculum

The curriculum for Medical Laboratory Science varies based on the program option you choose.

Bachelor of Science, Two-Year Option

A two-year Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 55
Credits for Junior Year 35
Credits for Senior Year 31.5
Total Credits for BS in Medical Laboratory Science 121.5

Year One

Fall Semester (15.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 331 Immunology 3
MLS 312 Clinical Microbiology I 3.5
MLS 323 Clinical Chemistry I 3
MLS 341 Clinical Hematology I 3

Spring Semester (19.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 310 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
MLS 313 Clinical Microbiology II 3.5
MLS 324 Clinical Chemistry II 3
MLS 343 Clinical Hematology II 3
MLS 352 Immunohematology 3
MLS 376 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3

Year Two

Fall Semester (14.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
HCA 300 Health Services Delivery and Organization 3
HUMN 315 Methods of Effective Thinking 3
LS 311 Functional Histology 2.5
MLS 412 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum I 3
MLS 422 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum II 3

Spring Semester (17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 413 Pathology 2
LS 427 Flow Cytometry II 2
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 2
MLS 375 Medical Laboratory Science Seminar 2
MLS 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
MLS 442 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum III 3
MLS 454 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum IV 3

Bachelor of Science, One-Year Option

An accelerated, one-year Bachelor of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 70
Credits for Senior Year 54
Total Credits for BS in Medical Laboratory Science 124

Fall Semester (15.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology 3
LS 331 Immunology 3
MLS 312 Clinical Microbiology I 3.5
MLS 323 Clinical Chemistry I 3
MLS 341 Clinical Hematology I 3

Spring Semester (23.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 310 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
LS 413 Pathology 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 440 Current Research in the Biosciences 3
MLS 313 Clinical Microbiology II 3.5
MLS 324 Clinical Chemistry II 3
MLS 343 Clinical Hematology II 3
MLS 352 Immunohematology 3
MLS 376 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3

Summer Semester (15 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 430 Laboratory Standards and Practices 3
MLS 412 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum I 3
MLS 416 Comprehensive Examination 0
MLS 422 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum II 3
MLS 442 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum III 3
MLS 454 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum IV 3

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

A two-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Credits Required for Admission 82
Undergraduate Phase Credits 38
Graduate Phase Credits (minimum) 35
Total Credits for BS and MS in Medical Laboratory Science 155

Year One (Undergraduate Phase)

Fall Semester (15.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 301 Molecular Biology  3
LS 331 Immunology 3
MLS 312 Clinical Microbiology I 3.5
MLS 323 Clinical Chemistry I 3
MLS 341 Clinical Hematology I 3

Spring Semester (22.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 310 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
LS 426 Flow Cytometry I 2
LS 540 Current Research in the Biosciences 3
MLS 313 Clinical Microbiology II 3.5
MLS 324 Clinical Chemistry II 3
MLS 343 Clinical Hematology II 3
MLS 352 Immunohematology 3
MLS 376 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3

Year Two (Graduate Phase)

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
MLS 812 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum I 3
MLS 813 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum II 3
Program-Approved Electives 6

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2
LS 803* Contemporary Topics Research 2
MLS 575 Medical Laboratory Science Seminar 2
MLS 814 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum III 3
MLS 815 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum IV 3
MLS 816 Comprehensive Examination 0
Program-Approved Elective 3

*To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Master of Science, One-Year Option

A one-year Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Medical Laboratory Science 56

Fall Semester (17.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 531 Immunology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
MLS 512 Clinical Microbiology I 3.5
MLS 523 Clinical Chemistry I 3
MLS 541 Clinical Hematology I 3

Spring Semester (21.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 510 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
LS 613 Pathology 2
LS 626 Flow Cytometry I 2
MLS 513 Clinical Microbiology II 3.5
MLS 524 Clinical Chemistry II 3
MLS 543 Clinical Hematology II 3
MLS 552 Immunohematology 3
MLS 576 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3

Summer Semester (17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 803 Contemporary Topics Research 2
MLS 812 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum I 3
MLS 813 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum II 3
MLS 814 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum III 3
MLS 815 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum IV 3
MLS 816 Comprehensive Examination 0

Master of Science, Two-Year Option

A two-year Master of Science program.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Medical Laboratory Science 58

Year One

Fall Semester (12.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 531 Immunology 3
MLS 512 Clinical Microbiology I 3.5
MLS 523 Clinical Chemistry I 3
MLS 541 Clinical Hematology I 3

Spring Semester (17.5 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 626 Flow Cytometry I 2
MLS 513 Clinical Microbiology II 3.5
MLS 524 Clinical Chemistry II 3
MLS 543 Clinical Hematology II 3
MLS 552 Immunohematology 3
MLS 576 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3

Year Two

Fall Semester (11-12 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 501 Molecular Biology 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
     LS 804* Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1
MLS 812 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum I 3
MLS 813 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum II 3

Spring Semester (16-17 credits)

Course Title CREDITS
LS 510 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

     LS 803* Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805* Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

2

1

MLS 575 Medical Laboratory Science Seminar 2
MLS 814 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum III 3
MLS 815 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum IV 3
MLS 816 Comprehensive Examination 0

*To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Advanced Master of Science, Two-Year Option

A part-time Master of Science program for students with a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science/medical technology. This program is tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Medical Laboratory Science (minimum) 32

Year One

Fall Semester (8-9 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3

LS 812 Practicum I

or LS 644* Laboratory Education and Instruction

or Program-Approved Elective(s)

3

3-4

3

Spring Semester (5-8 credits)

Course Title Credits

LS 813 Practicum II

or LS 644* Laboratory Education and Instruction

or LS 698 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences

3

3-4

3-4

Program-Approved Elective(s) 2-4

Summer Semester (6 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 814 Practicum III 3

Year Two

Fall Semester (6-10 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 504 Biochemistry 3
LS 531** Immunology (CT program only) 3
     LS 804*** Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1
Program-Approved Elective(s) 3

Spring Semester (6-8 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 613 Pathology 2

      LS 803*** Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805*** Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

2

1

LS 815 Practicum IV

or LS 698 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences

3

3-4

*Program approval and minimum course grade requirements must be met to register for LS 644.

**To meet entry-level competency requirements for immunology credits, students entering as certified cytotechnology graduates who have not completed three credits in immunology are required to enroll in LS 531 Immunology. Certified cytotechnology graduates who have completed three credits of immunology may enroll in a program-approved elective.

***To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

Advanced Master of Science, One-Year Option

A full-time Master of Science program for students with a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science/medical technology. This program is tailored to each student's unique interests and professional goals.

Credit Requirements

CREDIT SUMMARY CREDITS
Total Credits for MS in Medical Laboratory Science (minimum) 32

Fall Semester (14-19 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 504 Biochemistry (BT and MLS programs only) 3
LS 531* Immunology (CT program only) 3
LS 603 Research Design 2
LS 640 Methods in Bioscience Education 3
     LS 804** Experimental Research I (requires special approval) 1
LS 812 Practicum I 3

LS 813 Practicum II

or LS 644*** Laboratory Education and Instruction

3

3-4

Program-Approved Elective(s) 3

Spring Semester (14-18 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LS 610 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management 3
LS 613 Pathology 2

     LS 803** Contemporary Topics Research

     or LS 805** Experimental Research II (requires special approval)

2

1

LS 814 Practicum III 3

LS 815 Practicum IV

or LS 644 Laboratory Education and Instruction

or LS 698 Special Topics in the Laboratory Sciences

3

3-4

3-4

Program-Approved Elective(s) 2-4

*To meet entry-level competency requirements for immunology credits, students entering as certified cytotechnology graduates who have not completed three credits in immunology are required to enroll in LS 531 Immunology. Certified cytotechnology graduates who have completed three credits of immunology may enroll in a program-approved elective.

**To meet the research requirement, students may take a classroom literature review-based course (LS 803) or, under special circumstances, engage in a two-semester wet bench research project with a selected PI (LS 804 and LS 805). Students must meet with their faculty advisor and/or program director to determine which option best meets their educational goals. LS 804 and LS 805 are not a substitute for nor may run concurrently with practica courses.

***Program approval and minimum course grade requirements must be met to register for LS 644