Medical Laboratory Science Program

FACULTY COORDINATING COMMITTEE Cady (Biology), Stover (Biology), Fry (Chemistry, Chair)

ADJUNCT FACULTY Adjunct Professors Hayes, Rubnitz; Affiliate Instructors Anderson, Becker, Roncancio-Weemer, Wray.

The interdepartmental major in medical laboratory science is jointly sponsored by the departments of biology and chemistry. The objective of the program is to provide the student with the appropriate background for admission to an accredited medical laboratory science hospital program. This is a 3 + 1 program in which the student normally spends the first three years completing University course work necessary to fulfill general requirements for a bachelor’s degree and the fourth year is spent in an affiliated hospital medical laboratory science program. Upon successful completion of the required University course work, the student may apply to any of the affiliated and accredited hospitals offering a medical laboratory science program. After successful completion of a hospital medical technology program, the student will be granted a bachelor’s degree from Bradley. Students electing this major will be assigned an advisor in the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry.

Students may also opt for a 4+1 program by completing a four-year degree at the University to allow them to apply to any accredited medical laboratory science hospital program. The chemistry, biochemistry, or biology majors, or the liberal arts and sciences individualized major program are the most suitable to this program.

Upon successful completion of the hospital clinical program and receipt of the baccalaureate degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exams in medical laboratory science. Descriptions of biology, chemistry, and math courses required for the degree in medical laboratory science are listed under regular departmental offerings.

Clinical Year
The clinical year will include the following courses taken at an affiliated hospital medical laboratory science program. The student registers at Bradley for OCP 388. A one-time fee of $100 is charged for OCP 388.

Clinical Chemistry I 4-6 hrs.
Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry as applied to pathologic states, methodology, and instrumentation. Statistics as applied to reagent preparation, result determination, and quality control.

Clinical Chemistry II 2-4 hrs.
Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry as applied to specialized tests for drugs, endocrine function, and urine and body fluid analysis.

Clinical Hematology 5 hrs.
Study of the origin, development, morphology, physiology, and pathophysiology of the formed elements of the blood and bone marrow. Manual and automated methods of cell counting, differentiation, and other special hematological procedures on blood and body fluids used in disease diagnosis are included.

Clinical Hemostasis 1 hr.
Study of the platelet, vascular, coagulation, and fibrinolytic systems. Testing procedures and the application of the principles of hemostasis as related to disease states and therapeutic monitoring are also included.

Clinical Immunohematology 4 hrs.
Study of red cell antigen-antibody systems, antibody screening and identification, compatibility testing, and immunopathologic conditions. Also included are donor requirements and blood component preparation and therapy.

Clinical Immunology 3 hrs.
Study of the principles of the protective and adversive aspects of the cellular and humoral immune responses. Theory and performance of test procedures based on antigen-antibody reactions and clinical significance of test results are included.

Clinical Microbiology I 4-6 hrs.
Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria and mycobacteria in clinical specimens through cultures, morphology, biochemical, and/or serological reactions and their drug susceptibility. The relation of clinical testing to disease states is also included.

Clinical Microbiology II 2-4 hrs.
Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of fungi, parasites, rickettsia, and viruses utilizing morphological, cultural, biochemical, and serologic methods. The relation of clinical testing to disease states and epidemiology as it applied to microbiology is also included.

Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science 1 hr.
An overview of medical ethics, patient approach, the theory and practice of phlebotomy techniques, laboratory safety, applications of laboratory computer systems, and independent clinical research and development.

Clinical Management and Education 1 hr.
A basic introduction to the principles and theory of management and education as related to the clinical laboratory. The special job responsibilities of the medical laboratory scientist in management and education are addressed.

Requirements

  1. Satisfy University and LAS general education requirements and successfully complete required course work prior to admission to a hospital medical laboratory science program.
  2. Receive credit for a minimum of 40 junior-senior hours, 18 of which must be from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sixteen junior-senior hours will be granted upon successful completion of a hospital medical laboratory science program.
  3. Successful completion of a medical laboratory science program in National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Approval of the coordinating committee is required for attendance at an accredited non-affiliated hospital.

Students desiring a major in medical laboratory science will be required to complete 45 hours of science and math courses distributed as follows: 19 hours of biology, 23 hours of chemistry, and 3 hours of elementary statistics. These requirements are met by taking the following courses:

  • BIO 151 Molecules to Cells - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 200 Human Anatomy and Physiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory - 2 hrs.
  • BIO 205 Pathophysiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 406 General Microbiology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 468 Immunology of Host Defense – 3–4 hrs.
    19-20 hours


  • CHM 122 Medical Laboratory Science - 1 hrs.
  • CHM 110, 111 General Chemistry I  - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 116, 117 General Chemistry II  - 5 hrs.
  • CHM 252 and 253 Organic Chemistry - 5 hrs.
  • CHM 256 and 257 Organic Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 360 and 361 Biochemistry - 4 hrs.
    23 hours


  • MTH 111 Elem. Statistics - 3 hrs.

 

Total required math and science hours (minimum) - 45 hrs.

Courses highly recommended are, PHY 107, CHM 292, CHM 302, CHM 326, and CHM 422.

Note: Those students who have not attained an overall grade point average of at least 2.75 after completion of 60 semester hours will require permission of the coordinating committee to proceed with the medical technology program.

The following schedule of courses is suggested for the freshman year.

First Semester

  • CHM 110 General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 English Composition or COM 103 The Oral Communication Process. - 3 hrs.
  • General Education Electives - 6 hrs.

16 hrs.

Second Semester

  • BIO 151 From Molecules to Cells - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 116 General Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 117 General Chemistry II Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 122 Introduction to Clinical Lab Science - 1 hr.
  • COM 103 The Oral Communication Process or ENG 101 English Composition. - 3 hrs.
  • General Education Elective - 3 hrs.

16 hrs.

The hours required for a major in Medical Technology are distributed as follows:

From Medical Technology Program (OCP 388) - 32 hrs.
Biology - 19 hrs.
Chemistry - 23 hrs.
College Mathematics - 3 hrs.
English - 6 hrs.
Speech Communication - 3 hrs.
General Education Electives and other Electives – 38 hrs.

Total (minimum) – 124 hrs.