Medical Laboratory Science Program Description

The mission of the Sinai Hospital/Stevenson University medical laboratory science program is to graduate ethical, certified, entry-level professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary for medical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists). Medical laboratory science combines the basic sciences of biology and chemistry with medicine and the clinical sciences into a very satisfying professional career.

Medical laboratory scientists develop, perform, evaluate, correlate and assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory tests and collaborate with other health care professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. They work in all areas of the clinical laboratory including microbiology, chemistry, hematology, blood banking, immunology, and molecular diagnostics.

The certified medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and practical training to work wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed including hospital, private, research, industrial, biomedical and forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and fertility centers. In addition to laboratory positions, medical laboratory scientists also find careers in infection control, marketing, technical sales and services, laboratory information systems, teaching and consulting.

Stevenson University offers a “2+2” baccalaureate program in medical laboratory science consisting of two years of prerequisite courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts, a third year of liberal arts and introductory courses in laboratory medicine, and a fourth year which integrates professional and clinical practicum courses at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. The clinical practicum provides a bridge between academics and application, allowing students a smooth transition to the workforce as Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS).

The program includes specialized technical training in test performance, correlation of laboratory data and disease management, and education and practice in problem-solving in the clinical laboratory. Graduates of our program are equipped to seek career enhancement and pursue management positions and/or graduate studies.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. (NAACLS; 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880, naacls.org).

Graduates in the medical technology major earn a Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible to take the national certification examination for medical laboratory scientists offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

Students planning to apply to medical or dental school may want to adopt the pre-medical option of the medical technology curriculum. Students adopting this option of the medical technology curriculum will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and will have fulfilled all requirements for applying to medical or dental schools. These students follow the medical laboratory science curriculum with the following changes: Organic Chemistry II is taken instead of Principles of Biochemistry and two semesters of General Physics are added.

Freshmen and transfer students enter as medical laboratory science majors. The medical laboratory science program accepts only ten students to continue into the junior year of the medical laboratory science major, and selection is determined by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.