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Join one of the country’s fastest growing fields.

Baptist College of Health Sciences has an exciting professional program in medical laboratory science (MLS). Medical laboratory scientists play a vital role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment opportunities for medical laboratory scientists are expected to exceed most occupations through the next decade.

What is Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical laboratory science professionals, often called medical laboratorians, are vital health care detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention maintenance of health). In addition to performing and evaluating laboratory procedures, the medical laboratory scientist may also be involved in developing new diagnostic procedures; supervising and conducting biomedical research; providing technical expertise; consulting; teaching; and/or analyzing and implementing laboratory information systems.

We encourage you to attend Baptist College from the beginning of your college career - from your very first general education course to your last senior class.  The MLS curriculum includes a strong science foundation with over 60 hours of course work in the disciplines of biology and chemistry. Students are encouraged to follow a specific curriculum plan to ensure progressive learning throughout the degree. Specific courses are required to be completed in sequential order to enhance the student’s learning and success within the program. A complete listing of course requirements for the MLS program can be reviewed on the MLS curriculum web page.

The degree currently requires 122 credit hours, including professional courses in:

  • Urinalysis
  • Clinical Lab Tech
  • Coagulation
  • Hematology I, II
  • Intro to Clinical Practicum
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Immunohematology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Simulated Laboratory
  • Clinical Seminar
  • Lab Management & Research

Once you enter the professional side of the program, there are 4 trimesters (16 months) remaining in the program. The MLS professional curriculum allows you to complete the professional side of the program in 16 months once you have completed general education courses.

There are multiple entry points to enroll into the Medical Laboratory Science program at Baptist College:

  • Pre-MLS (first time freshman)
  • MLT to BHS (certified medical laboratory technician)
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathways
  • College Transfer Credit


The medical laboratory science (MLS) program mission is to provide:

  • Exemplary laboratory education.
  • Instruction necessary to educate individuals to become skilled, caring health care practitioners who value lifelong learning.
  • Scholarly activity through practice-based research.
  • Positive impact on the health status of the community through service.

In accordance with the mission of the Baptist College, educational experiences in the MLS program reflect the importance of a strong general educational foundation and include opportunities for critical thinking, use of technology, effective communication, skills, and the ability to work effectively with others.

Educational/Program Goals

  • Maintain a nationally accredited program in medical laboratory science.
  • Implement and promote the rules and regulations of the State of Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board for training programs for medical laboratory personnel.
  • Design and implement a curriculum whereby upon completion of the program the students demonstrate the entry-level competencies to gain employment in the MLS or related laboratory field.
  • Provide a program to prepare well-trained laboratory professionals who will be eligible to sit for the national certification examinations.
  • Display a commitment to the role and the development of the medical laboratory professional.
  • Develop in the students the necessary interpersonal and communication skills to professionally interact with patients, patients’ families, physicians, and other members of the health care team

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their course of study, graduates of the medical laboratory science program will:

  • Perform the full range of clinical laboratory tests in the diagnostic areas appropriate for entry level practice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, education techniques and a commitment to professionalism.
  • Evaluate validity of laboratory test results and take appropriate corrective action.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safety regulations and standard precautions.

Program Accreditation

NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
The MLS program at Baptist College of Health Sciences obtained accreditation by NAACLS for five years, which is the maximum award for new programs.
NAACLS contact information
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

Tennessee State Licensure Requirement

All medical laboratory personnel and special analysts in Tennessee must hold current Tennessee licensure, unless specifically exempt by statute or rules promulgated by the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board.

The MLS program at Baptist College of Health Sciences has been granted a certificate by the Tennessee Department of Health to conduct and maintain a school for training medical laboratory personnel in the specialty of medical laboratory technologist, general.

Medical Laboratory Board
Metro Center Complex
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37423
Additional requirements for licensure may be required by the state in which you practice.