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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. You will work side-by-side with professionals to gain first-hand experience in diagnosing conditions and monitoring patient progress during treatment.

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April 1
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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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Admission to the MLS Program

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.

  1. Minimum ACT score of 24 OR Minimum SAT score of 1100.
  2. If you are transferring greater than 19 college credits, you must meet all requirements for direct entry, including completion of at least four prerequisite courses including BIO 1500, BIO 1600, CHE 1111 and CHE 1112 all with a grade of C or higher, and having an overall GPA of 3.0 with a C or better in all major and prerequisite courses.
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Internship Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Scientists commonly work in hospital clinical laboratories, commercial laboratories, for pharmaceutical, chemical, or biotechnology companies, and in research and teaching institutions.

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.

Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program Contacts

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Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors
863.680.4131

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Lauren Albaum, MEd

Pre-Health Career and Internship Coordinator
863.680.6242

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Diane Cataldo, MHSA

Lakeland Regional Health
863.687.1100

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