Medical Laboratory Science
On-campus (2 + 2) Option
Welcome to the Medical Laboratory Science Program (MLS) at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). By choosing to follow a curriculum in Medical Laboratory Science, you will prepare yourself to become an integral member of the health care team. Through their analysis of body fluids, tissues and cells, Medical Laboratory Scientists play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and helping people stay healthy.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently stated that employment opportunities for Medical Laboratory Scientists are expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018. These projections are based on the volume of laboratory testing increasing sharply in the coming years and on advances in technology serving to create new tests and laboratory procedures. While the MLS is primarily directed toward preparing its graduates to work in the clinical laboratory environment, many other job possibilities also exist for graduates of this program.
The MLS Program incorporates didactic and clinical education to provide students an opportunity to develop multiple professional skills necessary for effective service in an atmosphere of inquiry and innovation. Medical Laboratory Scientists perform many routine and specialized tests in clinical, research or industrial laboratories to provide diagnostic data supporting health care, quality control and product development. Medical Laboratory Scientists may have a variety of responsibilities including implementing and performing tests, supervising, teaching and consulting. Therefore, graduates must have the capability and resourcefulness to assume responsibility and accountability for accurate test results, and to provide knowledgeable supervision, education and consultation.
The mission of this program is to provide the educational experiences necessary to prepare students to attain these expected outcomes. This curriculum satisfies the requirements adopted by the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education which sets educational standards to ensure that these expected outcomes can be met. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon completion of this program, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology and/or a Certificate of Completion of an accredited MLS Program. Completion of an accredited program is required for graduates to be eligible for national certification. National certification, in turn, is necessary to work in many of the clinical settings described above.
The program provides laboratory-oriented educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunohematology, immunology and microbiology (including molecular diagnostics). The program also emphasizes principles of quality assurance, laboratory management, educational methodologies, laboratory safety, research and computer applications. The program also offers specialized training in Methods of Drug Analysis in the 2 +2 option described below.