Students entering The University of Texas at Austin have four options available in preparing for a career in MLS. Each option has advantages. It is not necessary to choose a particular option until preregistration for the second semester of the freshman year, since many of the required courses are the same.
OPTION A: Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Laboratory Science
The B.S. in MLS from UT Austin provides students with a solid foundation in general biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as more advanced coursework in microbiology and chemistry. Students in this degree plan take three years of undergraduate coursework at UT. These courses serve as preparation for a fourth year of clinical training away from UT at an approved school of medical laboratory science. This option is referred to as a "3+1" program. Upon successful completion of the training program, the student is eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree from UT Austin.
The advantages to this program are that it is a four-year program and a degree is awarded from UT Austin. A UT degree is considered desirable if the student has aspirations for graduate, dental, or medical school. Students graduate after their fourth year not only with a bachelor's degree but also with their professional training completed, making them immediately employable as Medical Laboratory Scientists.
Prospective students who wish to apply for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Texas must submit an admissions application through the UT Austin admissions office. Advising for this option is available in the Biological Sciences Advising Center, NHB, room 2.606.
OPTION B: Post-Baccalaureate Option
Students already holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution may become medical laboratory scientists by completing the professional training at an approved school of clinical laboratory science, providing they have met the minimum coursework requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
The minimum requirements for admission to an approved school of medical laboratory science for a student with a bachelor's degree include:
16 hours biology including Microbiology and Immunology (Physiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology are recommended)
16 hours chemistry including Organic Chemistry I and Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry II (Analytical Chemistry is recommended)
3 hours of Mathematics (Statistics is recommended)
Recommended electives include Anatomy, Physics, Management and a Computer Science or Computer Literacy course
National requirements specify that prerequisite microbiology and chemistry courses be taken within seven years prior to admission. If it has been more than seven years, these courses must be retaken. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish only to take the necessary courses to meet the minimum requirements for admission can apply to UT as a nondegree-seeking student through the UT Austin admissions office. Students attending UT solely for the purposes of taking the necessary prerequisite courses must still apply to training programs once they've completed the undergraduate coursework.
Students who already hold a bachelor's degree, or are in the process of completing a degree, and who meet the above minimum prerequisites are advised to contact the specific training programs to which they are interested in applying. UT students may also want to contact the MLS advisors for more information on applying to training programs.
OPTION C: Allied Health Sciences Pre-professional Curriculum
This option is designed to prepare students for additional study at a University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences at Dallas, Galveston, or Houston. Upon completion of requirements, the student is granted a B.S. degree in Medical Technology from the School of Allied Health Sciences, not UT Austin.
OPTION D: Integrated Program
The University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) offer an integrated program in Medical Technology. The Bachelor of Science degree in MLS requires at least 140.5 credit hours for graduation. This four-year program combines general education, basic science and clinical laboratory science courses throughout the first three years. UTHSCSA also offers a Master's degree in CLS and a post-baccalaureate certification program in Cytogenic Technology. For more information on these programs, contact:
School of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78284