Online MLT to MLS Program

Program requirements and prerequisites to be considered for admission:

  1. Graduation from a NAACLS accredited MLT program with an Associate of Science Degree or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
  2. Three letters of recommendation including a letter of support from your laboratory manager.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  4. Sufficient college level course work to total a minimum of 84 semester hours with a “C” or higher in MLT and prerequisite courses.
  5. National certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  6. Among the 84 semester hours, coursework must include:
(not quarter hours)
English/Humanities 6
General Chemistry with Lab* 8
Organic Chemistry I with Lab* 4
Organic Chemistry II with Lab or Biochemistry with Lab* 4
Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology* 4
Microbiology with Lab* 4
General Biology 8
College Algebra/Statistics/or Higher Math* 3
Social Science 3

The University of Tennessee requires all graduates to have completed one year of American History, 6 semester hours. Most students fulfill this requirement if they attended a high school in the USA.

The University of Tennessee requires successful completion of 120 semester hours to receive a B.S. degree. This requirement will be met by completing an additional 36 hours of Medical Laboratory Science courses through the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. See the semester breakdown on the MLT to MLS Curriculum page. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

Graduates will be eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification Examination and apply for a license in the state of Tennessee as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. If you plan to work in any of Tennessee′s licensed clinical laboratories, medical scientists must hold a state license in order to be employed.

The above courses are REQUIRED by the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board* to be licensed as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. These courses also meet the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification requirements.

Technology Requirements

Minimumum Hardware and Software Requirements

ASCP Procedures for Examination and Certification

*Rules of the Tennessee Department of Health General Rules Governing Medical Laboratory Personnel Rule 1200-06-01-.22(g)

State Authorization – Education Outside the State of Tennessee

In October 2010 the U.S. Department of Education adopted regulations indicating that states were responsible for all education offered to residents within their state boundaries, regardless of where this education originated. The 2010 federal regulations, referred to commonly as "State Regulatory Authorization," applies to all types of postsecondary education for which students qualified for federal student assistance, regardless of the sector or level of higher education. Additionally, federal law now requires each institution offering education in other states to demonstrate that it has approval to serve students in these other states. These regulations encompass educational and clinical experiences for UTHSC students served in other states via distance education, practical experiences, or face-to-face instruction. Therefore, UTHSC is expected to obtain approval before enrolling students, advertising, marketing, or performing other regulated activities in other states.
Please see the UT System summary of states that have physical presence triggers that will affect our ability to offer online programs (and some field experiences with any programs, regardless of the mode of delivery). Please see the State Authorization page for a list of authorized states.

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Department of Clinical Lab Sciences

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Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6304