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Bacholor of Science in
Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)

An Exciting Healthcare Career Choice

Medical Laboratory Scientists are healthcare professionals who perform chemical, hematological, immunological, histopathological, cytopathological, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on patient samples.

Top Reasons to choose Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) at florida southern college

Hands-On Experience

Work hands-on with your faculty and Medical Lab Scientists at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center to learn the latest techniques.

State-of-the-Art Instrumentation

Work and learn in clinical labs with some of the most advanced, cutting edge instrumentation in the world.

Study Abroad

Travel experiences have included travel to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

The MLS degree is an allied health career opportunity for students interested in working in a clinical laboratory. Medical Laboratory Scientists are healthcare professionals who perform chemical, hematological, immunological, histopathological, cytopathological, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on patient samples. Medical Laboratory Scientists commonly work in hospital clinical laboratories, commercial laboratories, for pharmaceutical, chemical, or biotechnology companies, and in research and teaching institutions.

This four year degree includes experience working in the clinical laboratories of Lakeland Regional Health, a major health care provider in central Florida. Students will begin taking courses at the Medical Center hospital beginning in their third year, before transitioning into a full time internship at Lakeland Regional Health during their fourth year.

Diagnose and Monitor Patient Progress

In MLS 4800 Medical Laboratory Sciences Practicum you will apply medical testing concepts to laboratory settings. You will work in multiple laboratory facilities in a hospital clinical setting to gain experience in the methods and procedures needed for the medical laboratory science professional.

Course List

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Featured Medical Laboratory Sciences Faculty

Dr. Nancy Morvillo
- Biology Department Chair

Read and think. Then read some more and think some more. Then do. Learning is not something that just takes place in the classroom and ends when you obtain a degree. It is something you do throughout your entire life, in all aspects of your daily existence. All you need is curiosity, passion, and enthusiasm. Let yourself be that young child again: allow everything to be fun, to be an adventure. Don’t be afraid to explore and dig deeper. You will be rewarded in ways you cannot possibly imagine.

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Clubs and More

The Biology department sponsors Beta Beta Beta, the society for biology students affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alpha Epsilon Delta, (AED) the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, and Rho Rho Rho Marine and Atmospheric Honor Society.

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BS

First-Years

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

  • A completed application form 
  • An official high school transcript
  • Must have an SAT score of 1180 or ACT score of 24
  • One recommendation letter (must be an academic reference)
  •  Admission to the program is competitive, and a comprehensive review of application materials will determine admittance.

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

  • A completed application form 
  • Personal statement
  • All official college transcripts
  • Overall college GPA of 3.0 for completed courses received as transfer credits.
  • Completion of at least three prerequisite courses including BIO 1500, CHE 1111, and CHE 1112 all with a grade of C or higher.
  • Social standing form 

If transferring less than 19 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Must have an SAT score of 1180 or ACT score of 24.

Additional Admission Requirements for Medical Laboratory Sciences

All pre-certified MLS students are required to participate in clinical laboratory experiences at off-site locations. Each student is responsible for obtaining reliable transportation to the clinical laboratory sites. Students may be assigned laboratory rotations on weekends.

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Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program Contacts

Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors
863.680.4131

Dr. Lauren Albaum

Director of Career Development
863.680.6242

Dr. Maridaliz Rodriguez Rosado

Lakeland Regional Health
863.284.5000 x3179

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