Medical Laboratory Science

Coordinator: M. Larson

Plan I
To earn an Augustana degree with a major in Medical Laboratory Science, a student must complete three years of work at the College followed by a year of study in an approved Medical Laboratory Science program. A prospective major must make an application to the professional program during their junior year. The College will allow up to 40 credit hours for successful completion of the fourth year (as evidenced by receipt at the registrar’s office of a certified transcript of the grades from an approved program). Please see below for the required and recommended Augustana Courses.

Plan II
A number of students interested in Medical Laboratory Science elect a program after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major either in Chemistry or Biology. Following completion of the degree requirements, the student will attend one additional year of educational study at an approved Medical Laboratory Science program (identical to the fourth year of Plan I). The advantages of this plan are that the student receives a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline that allows more flexibility in choices of professional career options. The particular course sequence would depend on the Biology or Chemistry major.

Medical Laboratory Science Program of Study:

The courses in Medical Laboratory Science are taken during the year of professional study at an approved program. Several courses are required for admission to a program:
BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 121 — Biological Principles II (4 cr)
BIOL 225 — Human Physiology (4 cr)
-or- BIOL 366 — Advanced Human Physiology

BIOL 233 — Genetics (4 cr)

BIOL 344 — General Microbiology (4 cr)
BIOL 331 — Immunology (4 cr)
CHEM 116 & CHEM 117 — General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)
-or- CHEM 120 — Accelerated General Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry  (4 cr)
CHEM 202 — Organic Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry (4 cr)
ENGL 110 — First Year Composition (4 cr)
PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 cr)
MATH 140 — Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr)
–or– MATH 150 — Pre-Calculus
–or– MATH 151 — Calculus I

16 credits are required in Chemistry. These can be finished with either:
BIOL 354 — Biological Chemistry (4 cr)
–and/or–CHEM 242 — Analysis (4 cr)

Courses that are strongly recommended include:
BIOL 150 — Anatomy (4 cr)
BIOL 234 — Cell Biology (4 cr)
BIOL 358 — Molecular Biology (4 cr)
CHEM 311 — Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 cr)
COMM 110 — Communication Studies (Required by some programs) (3 cr)

A typical program in one of our affiliated schools is as follows:
Clinical Chemistry:
Lecture and laboratory instruction in medically oriented biochemistry as applied to normal and abnormal physiology and analysis of body constituents. Includes instruction in instrumentation in clinical laboratory.

Clinical Hematology:
Lecture and laboratory instruction in the analysis of cellular elements of the blood and bone marrow, both normal and abnormal, and of the hemostatic mechanisms.

Lecture and laboratory instruction in the theory and practice of immunohematology as applied to blood transfusion, component therapy, immunologic diagnostic procedures and blood bank administration.

Lecture and laboratory instruction in the isolation and identification of pathogenic organisms and of their susceptibility to therapeutic agents. Includes bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology.

Clinical Microscopy:
Lecture and laboratory instruction on body fluids and urine in regard to chemical and cellular composition. In addition, normal and abnormal kidney function is stressed.

Introduction to Lab Management:
Lecture and exercises in the theory and practice of laboratory supervision, management and problem solving with a component on the education and research in the clinical laboratories.

Clinical Laboratory Theory, Application and Correlations:
Lecture and case study exercises in the diagnosis and treatment of common disease states.