Learn to perform diagnostic tests and procedures in a clinical laboratory setting. This program will prepare you for the national certification exam. 

Through classroom instruction and clinical experiences, the MLS program prepares students to perform diagnostic testing and procedures in a medical laboratory under the supervision of medical laboratory scientists and pathologists. This program teaches the four main areas of medical laboratory science; hematology, chemistry, immunohematology, and microbiology. Students must have a strong background in chemistry, biology, and math. Students will learn to work with microscopes and instruments that analyze blood samples, body fluids, tissues, and cells. Graduates have careers in hospitals, crime labs, industrial and veterinary laboratories.

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Students must receive a “C” or better in all curriculum courses to satisfy graduation requirements. 

Graduates are eligible to apply to a national certification agency for examination and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) for initial state licensure. Admission for this five-semester program occurs each Fall semester. Take a look at your program courses. On campus, students participate in lecture classes and engage in a simulated clinical laboratory setting. During clinicals, students receive hands-on training with affiliated clinical sites, rotating through the four main areas of the medical laboratory. Check out our Student Handbook where you'll find all the details of our program.

The MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) located at 5600 N. River road, Suite 720, Rosemont, 60018. Website: Email: Phone: 773.714.8880 Fax: 773.714.8886

Program outcomes spring 2022 spring 2021 spring 2020
certification rate 92% 100% 100%
number of graduates 12 15 9
graduation rate 100% 100% 100%
job placement rate 100% 100% 100%


Program Requirements

  • Pass a background check.
  • Pass a color-blindness examination.
  • Read and communicate orally and in writing using the English language
  • Submit a History & Physical examination report certifying they are physically and emotionally fit for the program
  • As documented by a physician on the history & physical exam document, students must demonstrate the ability to meet technical/performance standards (related to ADA compliance) throughout the MLS Program
  • Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or Chest x-ray.
  • Submit proof of current immunizations or titers.
  • Pass a drug screen.
  • Must purchase the required class and clinical uniform(s), and supplies as outlined by the instructor
  • Obtain CPR Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
  • Arrange transportation to clinical sites, or any additional trainings, or any extra-curricular activities.
For more information:

Nadlyn Rideaux

Medical Lab Technology Program Director and Instructor, Allied Health

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