Undergraduate Major

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE

WHY MAJOR IN MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE?

Access to quality healthcare for all is one of the most significant grand challenges of the 21st century. Did you know that approximately 70% of the information a physician needs to properly diagnose and treat patients comes from the laboratory test results performed by Medical Laboratory Scientists? Medical Laboratory Science encompasses the essence of biology, chemistry and medicine. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science major gain a comprehensive knowledge base in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, immunohematology and microbiology as well as the skill set to perform laboratory tests required by physicians and other healthcare providers to care for their patients. Students apply their knowledge and skills in the “real world” at approximately 30 area hospital and clinical laboratory affiliates during their senior year.

UNIQUENESS OF OUR PROGRAM

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the Medical Laboratory Science program is enhanced by excellent faculty, including noted researchers in their respective fields of cancer, diabetes, immunology, infectious diseases and nanomedicine. Undergraduate student laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art clinical instrumentation are directed by accomplished, certified medical laboratory science professionals. Graduates seeking employment are eagerly sought by employers in hospital and private laboratories, as well as industrial medical and biomedical laboratories, research and fertility centers, pharmaceutical companies and physician office laboratories. Many graduates pursue graduate and professional education programs in medicine, health administration, and other areas.

CLINICAL EDUCATION

Our department is associated with a number of facilities that provide clinical education for medical laboratory science majors.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The University of Delaware is required to comply with state and federal laws regarding the delivery of distance education.  Please see the University’s State Authorization page for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The medical laboratory science major culminates in the awarding of a bachelor of science degree. Students enter the University as freshmen or transfer students with a declared interest in medical laboratory and diagnostics (MTI) for the purpose of advisement. Consideration for admission to the major at the end of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria:

  • Minimal grade point index of 2.00 for the first 4 semesters;
  • Minimal grade point index of 2.00 for specific prerequisite courses in biology and chemistry; and
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours, including the prerequisite science courses.

Approximately 36 students are admitted each year, resulting in a low student-to-instructor ratio in the medical laboratory science student laboratory courses. The first two years provide pre-professional courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts. The third and fourth years are an integration of professional and clinical courses. Students receive clinical experience in the fall of junior year and during the last 20 weeks of their senior year at three or more of our clinical laboratory affiliates.

Most students who complete the medical laboratory science major are interested in professional opportunities for medical laboratory scientists, including employment in hospital and private clinical laboratories, public health agencies, industrial medical and biomedical laboratories, research and forensic laboratories, educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies, fertility centers, physicians’ office laboratories, and veterinary laboratories. However, some students may adopt the premedical option of the medical laboratory science curriculum fulfilling requirements for application to quality medical schools. It is assumed that students opting for the combined curriculum demonstrate above-average academic aptitude and recognize the rigors necessary to successfully complete the curriculum.

Students adopting the premedical option will follow the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science with the following changes. Calculus I (MATH 221) is taken to satisfy the math requirement for the major, and an additional semester of Calculus II (MATH 222) is required for medical school entrance. Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 321 and CHEM 322) must be taken instead of Elementary Organic Chemistry (CHEM 213/215) and Elementary Biochemistry (CHEM 214/216); in addition, a semester of Elementary Biochemistry lecture (CHEM 214) is recommended. Two semesters of Introductory Physics (PHYS 201 and 202) are also required. For those medical schools that require a second English course, Approaches to Literature (ENGL 280) is recommended following completion of 45 credit hours (fullfills a Creative Arts and Humanities breadth requirement and a second writing course required for graduation).

Students interested in medical school, optometry school, physician assistant graduate programs, etc. should review the information posted at http://www.bio.udel.edu/medical-and-dental-careers and athttp://www.bio.udel.edu/health-science-advisement-and-evaluation-committee-hsaec. These web sites provide updated course requirements for medical schools and information on the University of Delaware Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee.

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE CURRICULUM:

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 124 credits and meet specific requirements, as outlined in the University of Delaware Catalog. The following plan is only one example; not every student will take every course in the same order.

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL

BISC 207 Introductory Biology I CHEM 103 OR 107 General Chemistry Mathematics UNIV 101 First Year Experience Breadth requirement

SPRING

BISC 208 Introductory Biology II CHEM 104 OR 108 General Chemistry ENGL 110 Seminar in Composition MMSC 100 Intro. to Medical Lab. Science MMSC 200 The Language of Medicine

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL

BISC 276 Human Physiology CHEM 213/215 Elementary Organic Chemistry w/ Lab MMSC 250 Communication, Education & Ethics in Healthcare Breadth requirements

SPRING

BISC 300 Introduction to Microbiology CHEM 214/216 Elementary Biochemistry w/ Lab Breadth requirements

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL MMSC 360 Clin Immunol & Med Virology MMSC 362 Clin Immunol & Med Virology Lab MMSC 370 Phlebotomy Practicum MMSC 375 Statistics & Research for Med Lab Scientists MMSC 390 Genetics & Molecular Diagnostics MMSC 391 Molecular Diagnostics Lab I MMSC 402 Body Fluid Analysis MMSC 412 Body Fluid Analysis Laboratory 2nd writing course

SPRING MMSC 392 Molecular Diagnostics Lab II MMSC 407/417 Clinical Physiological Chemistry I w/ Lab MMSC 423/424 Hematology I w/ Lab MMSC 428/429 Medical Microbiology w/ Lab MMSC 409/419 Immunohematology I w/ Lab

SENIOR YEAR

FALL

MMSC 436 Clinical Physiological Chemistry II MMSC 437 Clinical Lab Instrumentation MMSC 433/434 Hematology II w/ Lab MMSC 420/421 Immunohematology II w/ Lab MMSC 438/439 Diagnostic Bacteriology and Medical Mycology w/ Lab MMSC 418 Senior Seminar I MMSC 461 Laboratory Practice and Leadership I

WINTER (Off Campus) MMSC 472 Clinical Urinalysis Practicum

SPRING
(Off Campus) MMSC 471 Laboratory Practice and Leadership II MMSC 473 Clinical Chemistry Practicum MMSC 475 Clinical Hematology Practicum MMSC 477 Clinical Microbiology Practicum MMSC 479 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum MMSC 480 Senior Seminar II

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