Certificate in MLS
The certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is designed for individuals who already hold a baccalaureate degree, do not want to earn another bachelor’s degree, and want to be eligible to write United States national certification examinations in order to work as a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Completion of the Clinical Year Program (3 semesters) plus the pre-clinical summer semester qualifies post-baccalaureate students for eligibility to write the United States national certification examination. Upon completion of the Clinical Year Program, students earn a certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences; a degree is not granted.
The Clinical Year Program is comprised of 47 credits (See Undergraduate Curriculum & Timeline, Clinical Year Program). Twenty-four credits in lecture and student laboratories are taught on the Berrien Springs campus. The remainder 23 credits are earned through clinical practica at one of our affiliate hospitals or clinical laboratory sites located throughout the United States where students work side by side with practicing laboratory professionals in patient health care.
The Undergraduate Curriculum & Timeline, Clinical Year Program provides further details about the Clinical Year. Depending on their academic background, some students are able to complete the program in as little as four semesters: summer, fall, spring and summer semester (14 months).