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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Medical Laboratory Sciences, BS

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Program Description

A medical laboratory scientist (MLS), also known as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist, is the health professional that provides laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory scientists perform a variety of laboratory tests, ensure the quality of the test results, explain the significance of laboratory tests, evaluate new methods, and study the effectiveness of laboratory tests. They are responsible for performing scientific testing on biological specimens and reporting results to physicians. 

Advent Health University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Medical Laboratory Sciences. The program is designed to prepare students to take the national certification examination and perform specimen analyses associated with the diagnosis and treatment of disease. 

To be considered for admission, the applicant must meet the admission criteria outlined below.

When to Apply

High school and transfer applicants should apply to AHU to complete their prerequisite courses before applying to the BSMLS program. Qualified applicants may apply to the program as early as one semester prior to their intended enrollment date. Before applying, foreign applicants should refer to the admission policy of AHU for international students. All applicants should refer to the application deadlines and corresponding enrollment dates cited below.

Spring Admission                             October 15

Summer Admission                          January 15


To be accepted into the BSMLS degree program, a student must meet the general requirements for admission into AdventHealth University (see General Studies Admission in the Admission Information section), and:

  1. Submit the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Application once admitted to the University. The application can be accessed at http://my.ahu.edu.
  2. Have a minimum admissions GPA of 2.70 in prerequisite courses. A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

  3. Pass the drug screen and the FDLE background check as stipulated by AHU. Applicants who do not meet this criterion will not obtain the Board of Clinical Lab Personnel trainee license and will not be accepted into the program.

  4. Meet the health and safety requirements of AHU hospital affiliates. During the clinical rotation, students will be required to work at the end of the last year with medical laboratory scientists in hospital laboratories to complete the various clinical rotations required by the program. This will only be possible if students abide by the health and safety guidelines of AHU and its affiliates.

  5. Competitive applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview.  Every applicant who wishes to be accepted to the program must complete the interview process.  

  6. Students must complete all general education and program prerequisites prior to the start of the program, as follows:

                                 English and Composition: 8 semester hours

  • ENGL 101  - English Composition 1 (3 credits)
  • ENGL 102  - English Composition II (3 credits)
  • ENGL 144  - Medical Terminology (2 credits) 

                                 Biological Science: 16 semester hours

  • BIOL 151  - General Biology with Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 152  - General Biology II and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 101  - Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 102  - Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4 credits) 

                                Chemistry: 8 semester hours 

  • CHEM 151  - General Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 152  - General Chemistry II and Lab (4 credits)

                                Humanities/Religion: 3 semester hours

  • REL_100 or 200 level (3 credits)
  • For students who attended or are enrolled in an Adventist college three course credits of religion are required per year of residency or full-time equivalent of study attended.  See religion requirement policy for more information. 
  • Students coming from other institutions can transfer courses that have achieved the objectives and skills related to the study of human culture including language, literature, philosophy, or history, in place of the religion credits required for the full-time equivalent. See religion requirement policy for more information.

                                Mathematics: 3 semester hours

Reapplication Process 

Applicants who are not admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences program during a specific admission cycle may reapply to the program for the next admission cycle if they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. Reapplicants are expected to meet the published admission deadlines by submitting the following additional information to the Office of Admission: 

  1. Application online. 

  2. Updated official transcripts from any accredited institutions attended since the original application was submitted.


Students may progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences when they:

  1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.70.

  2. Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in all required courses and electives for the degree.

  3. Successfully repeat courses in which a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) was not achieved.


AdventHealth University will consider students for graduation and conferral of a Bachelor of Science degree when they have met the University requirements for graduation (see Graduation in the Academic Catalog for further information) and have:

  1. Completed a minimum of 120 trimester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.
  2. Completed the prescribed course of study.
  Pre-Requisite Coursewor


  English and Composition 8
  Biological Sciences 16
Prerequisite Courses Chemistry 8
  Humanities and Religion 3
  Mathematics 3
  Total General Education and Prerequisite Courses 38
  Core Coursework Credits
Cognate Courses Biological Sciences 4
Cognate Courses Chemistry 8
Cognate Courses Religion 6
BSMLS Courses Core/Didactic Courses (Lecture and Labs) 56
BSMLS Courses Laboratory Rotation 8
  Total Core Courses 82
  1. Achieve a minimum grade of ‘C’ or above in all required courses and electives for the degree. 

  2. Completed a minimum of 61 trimester hours in residence at AdventHealth University (Core/Didactic courses, Clinical experience courses). 


BSMLS Program Curriculum:

Cognate Courses:

  • Biological Science: 4 semester hours
    • BIOL 330  - General Microbiology, Lab (4 credits) 
  • Chemistry: 8 semester hours
    • CHEM 311  - Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)
    • CHEM 312  - Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4 credits)
  • Required Religion: 6 semester hours
    • RELP 103  - Philosophy of Healthcare (3 credits) 
    • RELE 305  - Ethics for Nursing and Allied Health (3 credits) 

Core Curriculum

Required Medical Lab Science Core Courses

Program Map

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Program Hours: 120 Credits

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