Selection into the Program
Medical Laboratory Technicians with an Associate’s degree who are credentialed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology are encouraged to apply for the MLT to MLS program.
Medical Laboratory Technicians with an Associate’s degree who are credentialed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology are encouraged to apply for the MLT to MLS program. Applicants with sufficient clinical internship training who meet the acceptance criteria can complete the degree online.
Applicants must meet the general admission criteria and be admitted to UWF. Students in the MLT to MLS degree must meet the following requirements at the time of application:
- Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree from a community college to include the prerequisites of the program and fulfillment of the general studies courses
- Military training as a Medical Laboratory Technician and an Associate of Arts degree to include the prerequisites of the program and general studies courses
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
- Certification as an MLT by ASCP or AMT
- Submission of a departmental application by the published deadline (see website for deadline and online application)
- If requested, satisfactory completion of Level 2 criminal background check and drug screen through the selected provider
- Recommendation letters as requested
- Phone interview with selection committee
The clinical year consists of 12 courses, shown in the degree plan. Courses are offered once per year. Students may join in any semester. Graduating students must participate in “Review Week”, an intense, focused review of all the MLS courses as preparation for the ASCP board examination. Students may take the upper division prerequisite courses Clinical Genetics, Clinical Biochemistry and Pathophysiology online through UWF, or they can substitute upper division Biochemistry and Genetics from another institution. MLS courses taken at another institution will not be accepted as transfer credit.