Medical Laboratory Science:
Bachelor of Science Curriculum

Pre-professional Program
The pre-professional curriculum for the Medical Laboratory Science program is taken at an associated college or other accredited college or university and requires two to three years of study, depending upon the college. These years are devoted to preparing the scientific foundation upon which the practice of medical laboratory science can be built. The first year emphasizes courses in biological, physical and behavioral sciences, with options in the humanities. The succeeding years are used to increase depth in the sciences as they relate more specifically to health fields and to enhance personal experience through a broad choice of electives in the humanities. Specific course offerings and requirements may vary from campus to campus due to curriculum offerings, scheduling and course content. The following courses are required before a student comes to the Rush campus:

  • 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of chemistry (organic, quantitative analysis and biochemistry recommended)
  • 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) of biology (anatomy and physiology, microbiology and genetics recommended)
  • 4 quarter hours (3 semester hours) of mathematics (algebra and statistics recommended)
  • In some cases courses taken at a college or university outside of the United States may be considered to meet some prerequisite requirements but they must be evaluated and considered equivalent to U.S. courses by the Education Credentials Evaluation (ECE)

Bachelor of Science Degree
Minimum Core General Education Requirements
Effective January 1, 2009 all entering students 1 must complete the following core general education requirements in order to be eligible for the Bachelor in Science degree.

 

Requirements ²

Semester Credit Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

2

Courses in Communications (English, composition)

6

9

1

Course in the Mathematics (college algebra or higher)

3

4

2

Courses in the Life Sciences (biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology)

6

9

1

Course in the Physical Sciences (physics or chemistry)

3

4

1

Course in the Social Sciences (sociology, psychology, history, government, political science)

3

4

1

Course in the Humanities, Fine Arts, Philosophy or Ethics (may not include a performance class)

3

4

12

Elective courses in Communications, Humanities, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Ethics, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Computer Science to total 60 semester credit hours for the core general education requirements for the College.

36

54

 

TOTAL

60

90

Professional Program
Students integrate the theory of medical science with the practice of medical laboratory procedures, learning basic theory and skills in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, immunohematology, molecular techniques and clinical microbiology in the first year, and go on to more advanced courses in those areas in the second year. Students apply basic concepts as they rotate through the laboratories of Rush University Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. Currently, affiliate hospitals include the University of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial, Children's Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, students are prepared for supervisory and teaching positions through courses in management and education.

Year 1

Fall Quarter

MLS-300

Laboratory Fundamentals

2

MLS-301

Clinical Chemistry I

4

MLS-310

Hematology I

5

MLS-321

Clinical Immunology

4

MLS-344

Professional Development I

1

 

Winter Quarter

MLS-302

Clinical Chemistry II

3

MLS-312 Body Fluid Analysis 4
MLS-330 Microbiology 5
MLS-345 Professional Development II 1
 

Spring Quarter

MLS-303

Clinical Chemistry III

3

MLS-311

Hematology II

2

MLS-320

Immunohematology

5

MLS-331

Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology

4

MLS-440

MLS Seminar

2

HHV-504 Ethics in Health Care 2
 

Summer Quarter

MLS-433

Molecular Techniques

4

MLS-450 LIS and LAS 2
  Clinical Practica* 8
 

Year 2

Fall Quarter

MLS-422

Clinical Immunology II

2

MLS-456

Clinical Laboratory Management

2

IDS-510

Health Care America

2

Clinical Practica* 8
   

Winter Quarter

MLS-413 Hematology Case Studies 2

MLS-451

Quality Issues in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

2

MLS-452

Regulatory Issues

2

CHS-501 Introduction to Biostatistics 3

Clinical Practica*

8

Spring Quarter

MLS-432 Infectious Disease Case Studies 2

MLS-467

Comprehensive Review

2

MLS-453

Communications

1

Clinical Practica*

8

   
Clinical Practica*    
MLS-478 Patient Care Techniques 2
MLS-477 Specialty Practicum 4
MLS-471 Clinical Practice - Hematology 4
MLS-472 Clinical Practice - Microbiology I 4
MLS-473 Clinical Practice - Microbiology II 4
MLS-474 Clinical Practice - Immunohematology 4
MLS-475 Clinical Practice - Immunology/Molecular 4
MLS-470 Clinical Practice - Chemistry 4
MLS-476 Clinical Practice - Education 4
   
* Clinical Practica schedule will be determined by Program Administration  
   

Hours Required for MLS BS Degree (not including the 90 qtr hrs of general education courses taken at an accredited college or university prior to entry in the program)

107 QH
 
Curriculum subject to change.