Medical Laboratory Science

This major, offered by the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, is designed to prepare students for applied careers in the medical laboratory, biomedical, and biotechnology sciences, as well as to prepare students for graduate or professional school. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

There are two options in the program: Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology Manufacturing. Students in both are required to take these courses: BIO 101/103 and 102/104, 121, and 242; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114, 226, 227, and 228 (or 124 and 126 for the Biotechnology option); PHY 111 and 185; MLS 102; MTH 111, 131, or 141. A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Medical Laboratory Science Option. During the first three years, emphasis is on general education and on basic courses in the biological, chemical, and quantitative sciences. The courses of the senior year are taught off campus by staff from affiliated hospital schools of medical laboratory science. These schools are accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The senior year is an 11-month clinical internship that begins in late July. It is taken at one or more of the following clinical agencies: Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Fatima Hospital, and the Rhode Island Blood Center. The clinical program includes lecture and laboratory instruction in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, and molecular pathology, and prepares the student for national certification examinations and state licensure.

Applicants to this curriculum should have completed 60 credits and taken most of the required courses by the end of the sophomore year. Students are selected for clinical internships by the departmental curriculum committee and by program officials of the hospital schools. Since the number of students is limited, interested students should consult with the program director early in their college career, so they will be familiar with the requirements and application procedures. Flexibility in the curriculum permits students who are not admitted to the program to fulfill requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in one of several other concentrations in the department. Students with a degree in a health profession, life science, or related field may apply to the clinical internship as a fifth year of study.

Required courses: MLS 405, 406, 407, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 451, and 483; MIC 201 or 211, 333, 432; BCH 311.

Freshman Year First semester: 14-15 credits
CHM 101, 102 (4); BIO 101/103 or 102/104 (4); MTH 111 or 131 (3) or 141 (4); and one general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
CHM 112, 114 (4); BIO 101/103 or 102/104 (4); MLS 102 (1); and two general education requirements (6).

Sophomore Year First semester: 14 credits

BIO 121 (4); CHM 227 (3); PHY 111, 185 (4); and general education requirements (3).

Second semester: 18 credits
BIO 242 (3); CHM 226, 228 (5); MIC 201 or 211 (4); general education requirement (3) and free elective (3).

Junior Year First semester: 15 credits
MIC 333 (3); MLS 483 (3); and general education requirements (9).

Second semester: 12 credits
MIC 432 (3); BCH 311 (3); and electives (6).

Senior Year First semester: 17 credits
MLS 405 (2), 409 (4), 411 (4), 413 (2), 415 (3), and 451 (2).

Second semester: 15 credits
MLS 406 (2), 410 (4), 412 (4), 414 (2), and 416 (3).

Biotechnology Manufacturing Option. This option is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the biotechnology and biomedical industries in the areas of manufacturing, processing, operations, and technical support. This option is based at the Providence Campus and includes a 12-credit clinical internship at a regional biotechnology or biomedical company. Students should be aware that internships may be limited in number and are awarded on a competitive basis. Students are selected by the departmental curriculum committee and by program officials of affiliated companies. Students interested in this option should consult with the program director early in their college career, so that they will be familiar with the requirements and application procedures. Flexibility in the curriculum permits students who are not admitted to the program to fulfill requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in one of several other concentrations in the department.

Required courses: MLS 195, 199 (or 12 credits of alternative courses approved by the program director); MIC 190 and 201 or 211; BCH 311, 437, and 453 (or BIO 341). The program is structured to provide intensive professional and clinical training in the first year of the program so the student may enter the professional field while still pursuing the degree. The remainder of the program may be completed on a full-time or reduced-time basis. The electives, in consultation with the program director and appropriate department officials, may be utilized to create personalized specializations and/or minors in management, training and development, information technology, bioengineering, and related areas. The recommended program for the first year is:

Freshman Year First Semester: 16 credits
BIO 101/103 (4); CHM 101 (3) and 102 (1); MIC 190 (3) and 211 (4); and URI 101 (1).

Second Semester: 17 credits
BIO 102/104 (4), 242 (3); CHM 124, 126 (4); MLS 102 (1) and 195 (5).

Summer Session: 12 credits
MLS 199 (12)