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Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

Saint Louis University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) degree prepares graduates to take a national certification exam to become a certified laboratory professional for a career as a health care professional in laboratory medicine. Medical laboratory science professionals save lives by performing and assuring the reliability of tests that provide objective information used in the early detection, diagnosis, monitoring and effective treatment of disease.

Up to 80% of all clinical decisions are impacted by clinical laboratory testing. The knowledge and skills required of medical laboratory professionals are diverse, involving both scientific detective work and managerial competence. Each day offers a challenge, and the opportunities to learn are endless.

Additional program highlights include:

  • SLU's MLS program was one of the first in the country; it has over 85 years of continuous accreditation.
  • SLU's MLS program has guaranteed placement in clinical practicum training sites.
  • SLU's MLS program boasts both a low student-faculty ratio and state-of-the-art medical laboratory science labs — both of which help to substantially enhance the experience of students.
  • SLU's MLS graduates’ exam pass rates are consistently at or near 100%, as is the graduate career placement rate.
  • Students in SLU's medical laboratory science program have numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth through faculty, professional and peer interactions. They have the opportunity to join professional organizations such as the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

For more information about the medical laboratory science program's professional performance standards, certification and licensure information and program outcomes, please see Program Outcomes and Accreditation Information.

Curriculum Overview

Following two years of core courses in basic sciences and the liberal arts, and one year of pre-clinical laboratory-related coursework, students will enter the practicum phase of the curriculum in a clinical setting under supervision.

Seniors spend 16 weeks in practicum during the spring semester at a variety of hospital laboratories in the St. Louis and surrounding areas.

Clinical and Research Opportunities

Clinical practicum experiences in clinical practice settings (e.g. hospitals, reference labs, etc.) are a required component of the medical laboratory science curriculum and are guaranteed upon admission.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct research and produce projects and papers for publication and presentation at professional conferences.

Careers

Medical laboratory scientists are vital members of health care teams. As highly skilled bio-analysts, graduates contribute data critical to disease diagnosis and to patient treatment. In a typical laboratory setting, the medical laboratory scientist performs a full range of laboratory tests from blood smears for the detection of anemia to highly complex procedures used to diagnose and monitor the status of patients suffering from various forms of cancer.

SLU's medical laboratory science program facilitates the attendance of its students at state professional meetings. In addition, clinical affiliates in the St. Louis area frequently request that students seek part-time employment to garner clinical experience and are often retained as full-time employees upon graduation.

The benefits of SLU's medical laboratory science program include several career opportunities. Medical laboratory scientists are qualified to work in five major areas of the laboratory: blood bank, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology.

Throughout the course of a typical workday, graduates from this program might examine specimens under the microscope, operate complex computerized instrumentation, use immunologic methods to prepare units of blood for transfusion and/or identify disease-causing microorganisms.

While most medical laboratory science graduates work in a clinical laboratory in the areas of diagnostic testing and laboratory management, some choose positions in research, forensic science/crime laboratories, laboratory equipment companies or pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. Many graduates choose to go directly to graduate, medical or professional schools. According to the most recent American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) wage survey, across the nation, staff-level MLS/MT/CLSs are paid an average salary of $68,240.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen Applicants

Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is primary consideration when we review your freshman application. 

Admission criteria include:

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Four years of high school math (with algebra) and English, with some physics recommended.
  • Saint Louis University has moved to a test-optional admission process for all undergraduate programs. Applicants may submit standardized test scores, but those who choose not to will not be disadvantaged in any way in the admission process. 

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants must possess a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Interested applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements should still apply for individual consideration.
 
The number of transfer students admitted into the Medical Laboratory Science B.S. program is based on the availability of clinical placement sites for practicum experiences. No student will be admitted into the program until clinical placement for practicum experiences has been secured.
 
In the event of a limited number of available placement spots, a competitive entry process based on GPA, previous coursework, and letters of recommendation will be used to admit students. 

Background Check

Regulations require all students in this program to complete a criminal background check and a drug test at least once during the Program, either or both may be repeated as agency requirements demand. Positive results from the criminal background check or drug tests may result in ineligibility to graduate from the program. A felony conviction will affect a graduate’s eligibility for professional certification and professional practice.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. In addition to University scholarships, the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers a scholarship to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Financial Aid: Provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, applicants should apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
773-714-8880
http://naacls.org

  1. Graduates will  demonstrate respect for human life with regard to all aspects of laboratory testing.
  2. Graduates will communicate accurate laboratory information to members of the healthcare team.
  3. Graduates will apply critical reasoning to solve laboratory-based case studies.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate the application of laboratory principles.
  5. Graduates will adhere to the principles found in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Code of Ethics.

Students in Saint Louis University's medical laboratory science major take the following courses. 

Standard Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 3020Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
ENGL 2xxx or aboveLiterature3
HCE 2010Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1400Pre-Calculus3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PPY 2540Human Physiology4
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Fine Art (Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Music, Theater)3
Social Science (Anthropology, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Select Psychology, Urban Politics)3
PHIL 2xxx or THEO 2xxxPhilosophy to Theology Elective3
Biomedical Laboratory Science
BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
BLS 3110Urinalysis & Body Fluids2
BLS 4110Medical Biochemistry I3
BLS 4120Medical Biochemistry II2
BLS 4130Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology2
BLS 4210Hematology4
BLS 4220Hemostasis and Thrombosis2
BLS 4310Immunohematology3
BLS 4411Fundamentals of Immunology2
BLS 4420Medical Immunology2
BLS 4510Medical Microbiology4
BLS 4610Research Design, Critique & Presentation3
Medical Laboratory Science
MLS 3150Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory1
MLS 3210Clinical Education & Laboratory Management2
MLS 3400Laboratory Operations1
MLS 4150Analytical Chemistry2
MLS 4250Hematology Laboratory1
MLS 4350Immunohematology Lab1
MLS 4520Medical Bacteriology2
MLS 4541Medical Mycology and Parasitology3
MLS 4550Medical Bacteriology Laboratory2
MLS 4701Clinical Chemistry Practicum3
MLS 4710Clinical Chemistry1
MLS 4740Clinical Hematology Practicum2
MLS 4750Clinical Hematology1
MLS 4770Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum1
MLS 4780Clinical Immunohematology Practicum2
MLS 4790Clinical Immunohematology1
MLS 4800Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
MLS 4811Clinical Microbiology1
MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis Practicum1
Total Credits120

Pre-Medicine Track

Foundation
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 3020Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3040Cell Structure & Function3
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
ENGL 2xxx or aboveLiterature3
HCE 2010Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1400Pre-Calculus3
MATH 1510Calculus I4
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PHYS 1310College Physics I3
PHYS 1320College Physics I Laboratory1
PHYS 1330College Physics II3
PHYS 1340College Physics II Laboratory1
PPY 2540Human Physiology4
PSY 1010General Psychology3
SOC 1100Introduction to Sociology3
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Fine Art (Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Music, Theater)3
PHIL or THEO 2xxxPhilosophy or Theology Elective3
Biomedical Laboratory Science
BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
BLS 3110Urinalysis & Body Fluids2
BLS 4110Medical Biochemistry I3
BLS 4120Medical Biochemistry II2
BLS 4130Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology2
BLS 4210Hematology4
BLS 4220Hemostasis and Thrombosis2
BLS 4310Immunohematology3
BLS 4411Fundamentals of Immunology2
BLS 4420Medical Immunology2
BLS 4510Medical Microbiology4
BLS 4610Research Design, Critique & Presentation3
Medical Laboratory Science
MLS 3150Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory1
MLS 3210Clinical Education & Laboratory Management2
MLS 3400Laboratory Operations1
MLS 4150Analytical Chemistry2
MLS 4250Hematology Laboratory1
MLS 4350Immunohematology Lab1
MLS 4520Medical Bacteriology2
MLS 4541Medical Mycology and Parasitology2
MLS 4550Medical Bacteriology Laboratory2
MLS 45711
MLS 4701Clinical Chemistry Practicum3
MLS 4710Clinical Chemistry1
MLS 4740Clinical Hematology Practicum2
MLS 4750Clinical Hematology1
MLS 4770Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum1
MLS 4780Clinical Immunohematology Practicum2
MLS 4790Clinical Immunohematology1
MLS 4800Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
MLS 4811Clinical Microbiology1
MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis Practicum1
Total Credits142

Pre-Physician Assistant and PA Scholar Track

Foundation
ANAT 1000Basic Human Anatomy3
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 3020Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics3
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research3
ENGL 2xxx or aboveLiterature3
HCE 2010Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics3
HSCI 2200Medical Terminology3
MATH 1300Elementary Statistics with Computers3
MATH 1400Pre-Calculus3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality3
PPY 2540Human Physiology4
THEO 1000Theological Foundations3
Fine Art (Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Music, Theater)3
Social Science (Anthropology, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Select Psychology, Urban Politics)3
PHIL or THEO 2xxxPhilosophy or Theology Elective3
Biomedical Laboratory Science
BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
BLS 3110Urinalysis & Body Fluids2
BLS 4110Medical Biochemistry I3
BLS 4120Medical Biochemistry II2
BLS 4130Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology2
BLS 4210Hematology4
BLS 4220Hemostasis and Thrombosis2
BLS 4310Immunohematology3
BLS 4411Fundamentals of Immunology2
BLS 4420Medical Immunology2
BLS 4510Medical Microbiology4
BLS 4610Research Design, Critique & Presentation3
Medical Laboratory Science
MLS 3150Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory1
MLS 3210Clinical Education & Laboratory Management2
MLS 3400Laboratory Operations1
MLS 4150Analytical Chemistry2
MLS 4250Hematology Laboratory1
MLS 4350Immunohematology Lab1
MLS 4520Medical Bacteriology2
MLS 4541Medical Mycology and Parasitology2
MLS 4550Medical Bacteriology Laboratory2
MLS 45711
MLS 4701Clinical Chemistry Practicum3
MLS 4710Clinical Chemistry1
MLS 4740Clinical Hematology Practicum2
MLS 4750Clinical Hematology1
MLS 4770Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum1
MLS 4780Clinical Immunohematology Practicum2
MLS 4790Clinical Immunohematology1
MLS 4800Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
MLS 4811Clinical Microbiology1
MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis Practicum1
Total Credits133

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average (GPA).

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Standard Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
Critical course:  BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus 3
 Credits14
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits17
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
PPY 2540 Human Physiology 4
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
 Credits14
Spring
BLS 3110 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
BLS 4130 Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology 2
BLS 4610 Research Design, Critique & Presentation 3
HCE 2010 Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
MLS 3150 Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory 1
2XXX/3XXXPhilosophy or Theology Elective 3
 Credits14
Year Three
Fall
BLS 4110 Medical Biochemistry I 3
BLS 4411 Fundamentals of Immunology 2
BLS 4510 Medical Microbiology 4
MLS 4150 Analytical Chemistry 2
ENG 2XXX/3XXXLiterature Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring
BLS 4120 Medical Biochemistry II 2
BLS 4220 Hemostasis and Thrombosis 2
BLS 4310 Immunohematology 3
BLS 4420 Medical Immunology 2
MLS 3400 Laboratory Operations 1
MLS 4350 Immunohematology Lab 1
MLS 4520 Medical Bacteriology 2
MLS 4550 Medical Bacteriology Laboratory 2
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
BLS 4210 Hematology 4
MLS 4250 Hematology Laboratory 1
MLS 3210 Clinical Education & Laboratory Management 2
MLS 4541 Medical Mycology and Parasitology 2
MLS 4571 1
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
XXXXSocial Science Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
MLS 4701 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 3
MLS 4710 Clinical Chemistry 1
MLS 4740 Clinical Hematology Practicum 2
MLS 4750 Clinical Hematology 1
MLS 4770 Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum 1
MLS 4780 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum 2
MLS 4790 Clinical Immunohematology 1
MLS 4800 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3
MLS 4811 Clinical Microbiology 1
Critical course:  MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis Practicum 1
 Credits16
 Total Credits120

Program Notes

Suggested Elective Options:

  • Literature: Any 2XXX or 3XXX course which is designated as “Literature” requirement for English.
  • Fine Arts: any course in: ART, ARTH, DANC, FPA, MUS, THR
  • Social Science:  PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 cr) (recommended for all majors; required for students taking the MCAT), SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) (required for students taking the MCAT), any course in: ANTH, PSYCH, SOC
  • Philosophy/Theology: Any 2XXX level or above Philosophy (PHIL) or Theology (THEO) course.

Pre-Medicine Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
Critical course:  BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus 3
 Credits17
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
HCE 2010 Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
 Credits18
Summer
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Critical course:  ENGL 2XXX/3XXX Literature Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
PPY 2540 Human Physiology 4
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
BLS 3110 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
MLS 3150 Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory 1
BLS 4130 Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology 2
BLS 4610 Research Design, Critique & Presentation 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
 Credits15
Summer
Critical course:  PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
Critical course:  PHYS 1330
PHYS 1340
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
 Credits8
Year Three
Fall
BLS 4110 Medical Biochemistry I 3
MLS 4150 Analytical Chemistry 2
BLS 4411 Fundamentals of Immunology 2
BLS 4510 Medical Microbiology 4
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits14
Spring
BLS 4120 Medical Biochemistry II 2
BLS 4220 Hemostasis and Thrombosis 2
BLS 4310 Immunohematology 3
BLS 4420 Medical Immunology 2
MLS 3400 Laboratory Operations 1
MLS 4350 Immunohematology Lab 1
MLS 4520 Medical Bacteriology 2
MLS 4550 Medical Bacteriology Laboratory 2
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
BLS 4210 Hematology 4
MLS 4250 Hematology Laboratory 1
MLS 3210 Clinical Education & Laboratory Management 2
MLS 4541 Medical Mycology and Parasitology 2
MLS 4571 1
2XXX/3XXXPhilosophy or Theology Elective 3
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
MLS 4701 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 3
MLS 4710 Clinical Chemistry 1
MLS 4740 Clinical Hematology Practicum 2
MLS 4750 Clinical Hematology 1
MLS 4770 Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum 1
MLS 4780 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum 2
MLS 4790 Clinical Immunohematology 1
MLS 4800 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3
MLS 4811 Clinical Microbiology 1
Critical course:  MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis 1
 Credits16
 Total Credits142

Program Notes

Curriculum is designed to address SLU’s Medical School requirements and is subject to change. If applying to a Medical School at another institution, please consult their website for specific requirements.

Suggested Elective Options:

  • Literature: Any 2XXX or 3XXX course which is designated as “Literature” requirement for English.
  • Fine Arts: any course in: ART, ARTH, DANC, FPA, MUS, THR
  • Social Science: PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 cr) (recommended for all majors; required for students taking the MCAT), SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) (required for students taking the MCAT), any course in: ANTH, PSYCH, SOC
  • Philosophy/Theology: Any 2XXX level or above Philosophy (PHIL) or Theology (THEO) course.

Pre-Physician Assistant Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
Critical course:  BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus 3
 Credits17
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits14
Summer
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
XXXX Social Science Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
PPY 2540 Human Physiology 4
ENGL 2XXX/3XXX Literature Elective 3
 Credits17
Spring
ANAT 1000 Basic Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
BLS 3110 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
MLS 3150 Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory 1
BLS 4130 Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology 2
BLS 4610 Research Design, Critique & Presentation 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
 Credits18
Year Three
Fall
BLS 4110 Medical Biochemistry I 3
MLS 4150 Analytical Chemistry 2
BLS 4411 Fundamentals of Immunology 2
BLS 4510 Medical Microbiology 4
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring
BLS 4120 Medical Biochemistry II 2
MLS 3400 Laboratory Operations 1
BLS 4220 Hemostasis and Thrombosis 2
BLS 4310 Immunohematology 3
MLS 4350 Immunohematology Lab 1
BLS 4420 Medical Immunology 2
MLS 4520 Medical Bacteriology 2
MLS 4550 Medical Bacteriology Laboratory 2
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
BLS 4210 Hematology 4
MLS 4250 Hematology Laboratory 1
HCE 2010 Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
MLS 3210 Clinical Education & Laboratory Management 2
MLS 4541 Medical Mycology and Parasitology 2
MLS 4571 1
2XXX/3XXXPhilosophy or Theology Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
MLS 4701 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 3
MLS 4710 Clinical Chemistry 1
MLS 4740 Clinical Hematology Practicum 2
MLS 4750 Clinical Hematology 1
MLS 4770 Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum 1
MLS 4780 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum 2
MLS 4790 Clinical Immunohematology 1
MLS 4800 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3
MLS 4811 Clinical Microbiology 1
Critical course:  MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis Practicum 1
 Credits16
 Total Credits133

Program Notes

Curriculum is designed to address SLU’s PA Program requirements and is subject to change. If applying to a PA Program at another institution, please consult their website for specific requirements.

Suggested Elective Options:

  • Literature: Any 2XXX or 3XXX course which is designated as “Literature” requirement for English.
  • Fine Arts: any course in: ART, ARTH, DANC, FPA, MUS, THR
  • Social Science: PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 cr) (recommended for all majors; required for students taking the MCAT), SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) (required for students taking the MCAT), any course in: ANTH, PSYCH, SOC
  • Philosophy/Theology: Any 2XXX level or above Philosophy (PHIL) or Theology (THEO) course.

Physician Assistant Scholar Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
Critical course:  BLS 1100
BLS 1150
Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
and Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
3
Critical course:  CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus 3
 Credits17
Spring
Critical course:  BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
4
Critical course:  CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MATH 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers 3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits14
Summer
HSCI 2200 Medical Terminology 3
XXXX Social Science Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2410
CHEM 2415
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 3
PPY 2540 Human Physiology 4
ENGL 2XXX/3XXX Literature Elective 3
 Credits17
Spring
ANAT 1000 Basic Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 3
BLS 3110 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
MLS 3150 Urinalysis and Immunology Laboratory 1
BLS 4130 Principles & Techniques in Molecular Biology 2
BLS 4610 Research Design, Critique & Presentation 3
Critical course:  CHEM 2420
CHEM 2425
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
 Credits18
Year Three
Fall
BLS 4110 Medical Biochemistry I 3
MLS 4150 Analytical Chemistry 2
BLS 4411 Fundamentals of Immunology 2
BLS 4510 Medical Microbiology 4
XXXXFine Arts Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring
BLS 4120 Medical Biochemistry II 2
MLS 3400 Laboratory Operations 1
BLS 4220 Hemostasis and Thrombosis 2
BLS 4310 Immunohematology 3
MLS 4350 Immunohematology Lab 1
BLS 4420 Medical Immunology 2
MLS 4520 Medical Bacteriology 2
MLS 4550 Medical Bacteriology Laboratory 2
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
BLS 4210 Hematology 4
MLS 4250 Hematology Laboratory 1
MLS 4541 Medical Mycology and Parasitology 2
MLS 4571 1
MLS 3210 Clinical Education & Laboratory Management 2
HCE 2010 Foundations in Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
2XXX/3XXXPhilosophy or Theology Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
MLS 4701 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 3
MLS 4710 Clinical Chemistry 1
MLS 4740 Clinical Hematology Practicum 2
MLS 4750 Clinical Hematology 1
MLS 4770 Clinical Phlebotomy Practicum 1
MLS 4780 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum 2
MLS 4790 Clinical Immunohematology 1
MLS 4800 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3
MLS 4811 Clinical Microbiology 1
Critical course:  MLS 4820Clinical Urinalysis Practicum 1
 Credits16
 Total Credits133

Program Notes

Curriculum is designed to address SLU’s PA Program requirements and is subject to change. If applying to a PA Program at another institution, please consult their website for specific requirements.

Suggested Elective Options:

  • Literature: Any 2XXX or 3XXX course which is designated as “Literature” requirement for English.
  • Fine Arts: any course in: ART, ARTH, DANC, FPA, MUS, THR
  • Social Science: PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 cr) (recommended for all majors; required for students taking the MCAT), SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr) (required for students taking the MCAT), any course in: ANTH, PSYCH, SOC
  • Philosophy/Theology: Any 2XXX level or above Philosophy (PHIL) or Theology (THEO) course.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Julie Miller
Recruitment Specialist
314-977-2570
dchs@health.slu.edu