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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Program Description

If you want an in-demand career that allows you to play a critical role in the health care system, choose Medical Laboratory Science. You’ll become the go-to person for detecting and diagnosing disease because you’ll be the one analyzing blood, tissue, and other samples. In AUM’s program, you’ll study chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, and microbiology—and put that theoretical knowledge to work in AUM’s laboratory-based training. Most medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, but you can also work in commercial laboratories, public health departments, the U.S Food and Drug Administration, or as a forensic scientist analyzing crime scenes.

Points of Pride

  • 100% job placement for graduates.
  • More than 90% pass rate on board of certification.
  • A 2- or 3-year online course curriculum for current Medical Laboratory Technicians that will allow them to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Students get jobs in hospitals, reference laboratories, instrument and reagent companies, forensic science departments and more.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

The job outlook for Medical Laboratory Science is excellent. A degree in this field will give you your choice of jobs with higher-than-average salaries. From 2014 to 2014, jobs in healthcare are expected to grow 19 percent — much faster than the average of all occupations. In 2015, the median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $62,610, much higher than the $36,200 median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

$49,310 per year

16% (52,100more jobs)

Chemists and Materials Scientists

$74,720 per year

3% (2,600 more jobs)

Medical Scientists

$79,930 per year

8% (9,000 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences  

Auburn University at Montgomery

More Hall 208

334-244-3790

klesinge@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks  

  • Christy Young is a laboratory director at Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, Ala.
  • Leslie Adams is a pharmacist at the U.S. Veterans’ Administration in Birmingham.
  • Kyle Taylor is Head of the Department of Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences at AUM.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Medical Laboratory Sciences major includes:


Course #

Course Name

Course Description

CLLS 3013

Laboratory Techniques

An introduction to the basic techniques used by clinical laboratory scientists. In addition, laboratory safety and current issues in health care explored.

CLLS 3103

Immunology and Serology

A study of the human immune system in health and disease. Laboratory exercises are serologic procedures used in the laboratory diagnosis of immunologic and infectious diseases.

CLLS 3253

Clinical Hematology II

A study of erythrocyte abnormalities and associated disease states. The laboratory will focus on methods used in the evaluation of abnormal erythrocyte morphology.

CLLS 4054

Phlebotomy

Experience in phlebotomy provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to phlebotomy.

CLLS 4080

Laboratory Management and Education (writing intensive

This course offers an overview of the management process and supervisory techniques and responsibilities commonplace in the clinical laboratory. Also covered are clinical and classroom instructional methods and evaluation strategies. This is a writing intensive course.

CLLS 4114

Clinical Serology

Experience in clinical serology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a
review of basic concepts related to clinical serology.

CLLS 4174

Clinical Immunohematology III

Experience in clinical immunohematology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to clinical immunohematology.

CLLS 4214

Clinical Urinalysis

Experience in clinical urinalysis provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a
review of basic concepts related to clinical urinalysis.

CLLS 4263

Clinical Hematology III

A study of white blood cell abnormalities in human blood with correlations to disease processes. The laboratory portion of this course will involve development of expertise in hematologic procedures and correlation of test results with disease states. This is a writing intensive course.

CLLS 4274

Clinical Hematology IV

Experience in clinical hematology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to clinical hematology.

CLLS 3403

Clinical Instrumentation I

An introduction to clinical laboratory instruments. Basic theory of fundamental clinical instrumentation discussed with hands-on experience in lab. Maintenance procedures and troubleshooting techniques introduced.

CLLS 3433

Methods of Drug Analysis

A study of current techniques used in drug analysis. General theory as well as
practical application of organic acid/base theory, liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase
extraction, TLC, HPLC, GC and mass spectrometry covered.

CLLS 4040

Comprehensive Review

A comprehensive review of Medical Laboratory Sciences. All students take a final comprehensive examination at the end of this course. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation. Final grades will be assigned on a pass/fail basis.

CLLS 4323

Clinical Microbiology III

Continued development of the skills necessary to function efficiently in a microbiology laboratory. The student will be exposed to extensive bacterial identification problems as it relates to various specimen sites (respiratory, CSF, etc.). Other topics include anaerobic bacteria and mycobacteria.

CLLS 4334

Clinical Microbiology IV

Experience in clinical microbiology provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a review of basic concepts related to clinical microbiology.

CLLS 4364

Clinical Parasites and Mycology II

Experience in clinical parasitology and mycology will be provided in an affiliated clinical facility. This will include a review of basic concepts related to clinical parasitology and mycology.

CLLS 4474

Clinical Chemistry IV

Experience in clinical chemistry provided in an affiliated clinical facility. Includes a
review of basic concepts related to clinical chemistry.