Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Clinical Lab Sciences - MLT to MLS Online

Become an expert in laboratory sciences.

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Prepare for the ASCP national exam for your MLS qualification
Gain advanced training to prepare for the workplace
Established program with a 40 years of training students to become MLS professionals

Clinical Lab Sciences, B.S. – MLT to MLS Overview

With the MLT to MLS online program from the University of West Florida, you will prepare for a high-demand career in medical lab sciences. Through a program designed specifically for current medical laboratory technicians who are seeking to become a medical laboratory scientist, you will become competent in the full range of clinical laboratory tests — including blood bank, hematology, molecular diagnostics, clinical chemistry, diagnostic microbiology and clinical immunology. The program also teaches you vital subjects such as physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, biology, management and education. Through the program’s online format, you can study at your own pace while learning from notable faculty who are highly experienced in the field.

Focusing on key topics in clinical lab sciences, the curriculum covers:

  • Fundamentals of clinical diagnosis and disease management using molecular biology laboratory methods
  • The immune system, its various components and related diseases and illnesses
  • Testing and interpreting body fluids, blood cell counts and other hematology parameters and platelets
  • Bacteria that are associated with infectious diseases
  • Identification of parasites and fungi
  • The principles and procedures of blood bank and transfusion services
  • The fundamentals and procedures of clinical chemistry and clinical laboratory management
  • Genetic analysis of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes
  • Physiological processes and the fundamental concepts of how the body responds to pathology


Our online MLT to MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is licensed by the Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel in the state of Florida. In addition, the program prepares you for the national board exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Medical laboratory technicians with an associate degree and are credentialed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) or American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • Students seeking to advance their career and become a medical laboratory scientist
  • Those wanting to pursue a career in a supervisory or management position in the field

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in the full range of clinical laboratory tests and procedures
  • Assume responsibility in areas such as quality control, clinical decision making, supervision, analysis and education
  • Earn your MLS credential through the national board exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology