Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

Degree Awarded: 
Undergraduate Certificate

To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, click here.
To see the Medical Laboratory Sciences section in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, click here.


12-month program of study accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, our certificate-awarding program is designed to prepare students to become medical laboratory scientists. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take the national certification exam.

Laboratory tests play an important role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. Medical Laboratory Scientists perform these tests in conjunction with pathologists and other physicians or scientists who specialize in clinical chemistry, microbiology or other biological sciences.

Medical Laboratory Scientists also develop data on the blood, tissues and fluids of the human body by using a variety of precision instruments and techniques. As with all scientific work, Medical Laboratory Scientists assume responsibility and are held accountable for accurate results. Check out our photo gallery to see the different types of instrumentation and clinical lab processes our program incorporates.

Program Mission: 

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Program is to prepare ethical, knowledgeable, competent, and caring laboratory scientists who possess a broad knowledge base in the laboratory science field and are prepared to provide excellent patient care to a diverse population of individuals. 

Medical Laboratory Science Vision:

Graduates of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Program will be employees of choice for the medical, research and reference laboratory fields.

Program Goals Intro: 

Graduates of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Program will be nationally recognized as employees of choice for the medical, research and reference laboratory fields.

Registration Information: 

An Amazing Career for Your Science Needs
The Jefferson College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Program accepts a maximum of 12 students each year. The program starts in June and ends the following May.

The Application Process
Applications for the program will be available after August 1, 2014.  Please see this site for details after that date.

Prerequisites
The Jefferson College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Program grants admission to students with either of the following circumstances:

  1. A student who has already completed a B.S. from a nationally accredited university and has successfully completed the following courses:
    • Two semesters of either Organic Chemistry with Lab OR Physical Chemistry with Lab
    • Microbiology with Lab
    • Immunology  
  2. A student who is currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program at one of our affiliated universities and intends to use our program as their final year of study. Such students will need to have completed the following prerequisite courses:
    • Two semesters of either Organic Chemistry with Lab OR Physical Chemistry with Lab
    • Microbiology with Lab
    • Immunology

All students must receive a grade above "D" in prerequisite subjects. Prerequisite subjects must be completed or applicant be enrolled at time of acceptance.

Contact Information: 

Quickfacts

  • Location: Roanoke, VA 
  • Population: 94,911
  • Campus: Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
  • Accreditation: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
    8410 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670
    Chicago, IL 60631
    (773) 714-8880

Contact the Director

Other Resources 

Mailing Address

  • 101 Elm Avenue, SE
    Roanoke, VA  24013

Faculty Contacts

  • Laura Link, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, CHES
    Program Director
    lrlink@jchs.edu  
    Delivers: Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology, Lab Operations
     

  • Kimberly A. Whiter, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
    Program Educator
    kawhiter@jchs.edu
    Delivers: Clinical Chemistry, Immunohematology, Body Fluids, Hemostasis, Hematology, Urinalysis, Lab Operations, Education
     

  • Patrick Iarossi, MT(ASCP)
    Instructor
    plIarossi@carilionclinic.org
    Delivers: Microbiology Student Lab, Immunology, Hematology, Urinalysis
Career Outlook: 


 

How to Apply: 

Applications for the Medical Laboratory Science Program are Now Available!
Review of applications will begin on August 1. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Review of applications will continue until all spots are filled. The number of students accepted will be dependent upon the availability of clinical rotation sites. Students must complete the following:

  • Prospective MLS students should complete the online undergraduate application

  • All college transcripts

  • Three recommendations, using the recommendation form found here 

  • Personal statement

Instructions for Personal Statement:

Personal statements should be no longer than one page, typewritten and double-spaced. Your personal statement should briefly discuss your reasons for choosing the Medical Laboratory Science field, why you are a good candidate for our program, where you see yourself professionally in five years, and the contributions you expect to make to the MLS field. 

All Application Materials need to be sent in one envelope, except for transcripts. Reference letters included should be in a sealed envelope with recommender signature across the flap.

Eligible applicants will be contacted for interviews and given tours of the facility. All final decisions are made no later than April 1st, at which point acceptance letters are issued.

Learn more about applying in the Admissions Information section of this webpage.

Other Information: 
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many applications does the school receive each year? 
    We receive an average of 30 applications each year. The maximum number of students accepted will vary from year to year due to the availability of clinical rotation sites.
     
  • What are the job prospects after graduation? 
    Students graduating from our program are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification exam offered through ASCP. After successfully passing this exam, jobs are abundant. Graduates can work in the hospital lab setting, a physician office, a veterinary office, research laboratories, blood centers, education, sales, IT positions, and even forensics.
     
  • What is the expected salary upon entering the field? 
    Depending upon your demographic, the median projected salary is $46,680, according to theDepartment of Labor. 
     
  • Can I complete the program online, at nights or part-time? 
    No, this program is formatted in a face-to-face setting on a full-time basis for one calendar year. Although, certain online tools are used as teaching aids.
Curriculum

The Medical Laboratory Scientist who receives carefully planned instruction in a progressive program will be prepared for their role in the medical laboratory and will contribute to the promotion and conservation of the health of the community.

Course Descriptions

  • Phlebotomy
    This course will instruct the student in collection, processing, safety, distribution and ethics relating to laboratory specimens.
    When: Summer Semester.
     
      
  • Lab Math
    This course covers basic and advanced concepts pertaining to proportions, dilutions, percentages, osmolality and other comprehensions needed to be proficient in laboratory testing.
    When: Fall and Spring Semester.
     
  • Microbiology
    This course covers the clinical application of microorganisms, disease correlations, laboratory techniques and susceptibility.
    When: Fall and Spring Semester.
     
  • Parasitology
    This course covers parasites pertaining to the blood, brain, respiratory tract, GI tract and tissues.
    When: Fall Semester.
     
  • Mycology
    This course covers various fungi and how they pertain to clinical conditions.
    When: Spring Semester.
     
  • Immunohematology
    This course covers the concepts of genetics and immunology and how they pertain to blood group systems. Laboratory techniques in transfusion medicine as well as diseases caused by transfusion and ethics involved in transfusion are also covered.
    When: Summer, Fall and Spring Semester.
     
  • Clinical Chemistry
    This course covers enzymes, lipids, carbohydrates and proteins and how they pertain to clinical disease. Also covered is Endocrinology, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Toxicology and Trace Elements.
    When: Fall and Spring Semester.
     
  • Hemostasis
    This course covers the body’s ability to maintain a balance between liquid flowing blood and clotting.
    When: Fall Semester.
     
  • Hematology
    This course covers the individual cells in the body, their functions and disease correlations.
    When: Fall and Spring Semester.
     
  • Immunology
    This course covers various clinical diseases and how they elicit an immune response in the body. Also covered is various laboratory tests and techniques used for detecting diseases.
    When: Fall and Spring Semester.
     
  • Urinalysis
    This course covers the function of the kidneys as well as the disease states of the urinary tract and all elements of analyzing urine to detect these diseases.
    When: Fall Semester.
     
  • Body Fluids
    This course covers the formation of various fluids within the body and its correlation to disease as well as testing techniques to identify disease states.
    When: Spring Semester.
     
  • Education
    A course demonstrating the procedure for writing objectives, compiling a lesson plan and proper evaluation techniques.
    When: Spring Semester.
  • Research
    A self-guided course used to familiarize students with research techniques in choosing appropriate subjects, formulating a thesis and data analysis.
    When: Spring Semester.
     
  • Laboratory Operations
    This course covers laboratory principles and techiques needed to enter the clinical laboratory.
    When: Summer Semester.

Clinical Rotations
All clinical rotations are held at Solstas Lab Partners located in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. Rotations include:

  • Microbiology Department
  • Automated Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Urinalysis
  • Specials Hematology
  • Specials Chemistry
  • Specials Serology
  • Transfusion Services
  • Phlebotomy/Processing
Student Resources

The Medical Laboratory Scientist who receives carefully planned instruction in a progressive program will be prepared for their role in the medical laboratory and will contribute to the promotion and conservation of the health of the community.

  • Blackboard 
  • E-mail 
  • Carilion Clinic Library (accessible from Carilion-networked computer only)
  • Solstas Lab Partners
Tuition and Fees

MLS Students will be charged Undergraduate tuition and a deposit fee of $200. Students are enrolled for six credit hours in summer session and as full-time students in fall and spring semesters. No application fee will be collected. 

To see complete information about Jefferson College tuition and fees, click here.

Students are required to show proof of personal health insurance prior to the start of the program.

All students are required to have reliable Internet access and ability to print documents pertaining to course work.

MLS candidates are eligible for federal financial aid. For more information, visit the Financial Aid page on the Jefferson College website by clicking here.

Gainful Employment Information

Please visit this page for Gainful Employment information required by the Department of Education: http://www.jchs.edu/GE-MLSC.html