Medical Laboratory Scientists are healthcare professionals who perform chemical, hematological, immunological, histopathological, cytopathological, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on patient samples.
Work hands-on with your faculty and Medical Lab Scientists at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center to learn the latest techniques.
Work and learn in clinical labs with some of the most advanced, cutting edge instrumentation in the world.
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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.
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. You will work side-by-side with professionals to gain first-hand experience in diagnosing conditions and monitoring patient progress during treatment.
Hear from college leadership, faculty, and staff as you learn more about life and learning at Florida Southern College. Academic showcases spanning the breadth of the college's academic offerings will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program.
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.
The MLS Program is a selective, direct-admit program and the minimum criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the program.
Students who apply to Florida Southern College and indicate an interest in pursuing a Medical Laboratory Sciences degree, and who meet the requirements outlined below, will be automatically considered for admission once they have been admitted to the College.
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