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Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science at St. Edward’s prepares you for a career that combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. You’ll act as a “healthcare detective” who investigates, for example, laboratory tests that diagnose for diabetes, heart attacks, infectious disease or cancer. You’ll have the opportunity to enroll in research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward’s is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Overview:

As a BS in Medical Laboratory Science major, you’ll learn to examine and analyze body fluids and cells for clues in the diagnosis of diseases. And you’ll gain skills in supervising complex medical tests and managing clinical labs. Advanced science and math coursework and hospital-based training prepare you to perform lab procedures, evaluate results, integrate data, conduct research and develop new test methods.

Graduates of this program may work as medical laboratory scientists in hospitals and blood banks or at research labs in pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and biotechnology firms. Students also select this degree to prepare for entry into graduate programs and the health professions, such as medical and dental school. Advanced degrees are required for management positions and greater research opportunities.

Medical Laboratory Science majors gain extensive experience during their fourth year. Students pursuing this degree are often hired before graduation. You’ll apply to this program in the fall of your junior year, and should have at least a 3.0 GPA to be competitive.

Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective

• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (81-82 CREDIT HOURS):
Biology Required Courses
• General Biology: Cells Genetics and Organ Systems, Lab
• General Biology: Organisms and Populations, Lab
• Molecular Biology
• Anatomy and Physiology I
• Microbiology, Lab
• Immunology
• Elective

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (26 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Organic Chemistry I, Lab
• Organic Chemistry II, Lab
• Calculus I, Lab
• Applied Statistics
• History and Philosophy of Science

VI. AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL REQUIRED COURSES (30 CREDIT HOURS):
• Microbiology
• Hematology
• Clinical Chemistry
• Coagulation
• Phlebotomy
• Blood Bank/Immunology/Serology
• Urinalysis

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Internships

Medical laboratory science majors at St. Edward’s have the opportunity to complete internships each year with top businesses and nonprofits — locally, across the country and abroad. Internships allow you to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. An internship experience is an outstanding addition to your résumé and can give you a distinct advantage in the business world and for graduate school.

Our students have engaged in internships with organizations like these:

  • Austin State Hospital
  • Brackenridge Hospital
  • Department of State Health Services, Laboratory Sciences Section

Research

At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Students work alongside professors on a variety of subjects within medical laboratory science. Engaging in professional-level research will sharpen your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your career.

Our students publish and present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Society for Developmental Biology
  • Texas Academy of Science

Students also present their research at St. Edward’s University events:

  • Honors Thesis Symposium
  • McNair Scholars Conference
  • Senior Seminar Symposium in the School of Natural Sciences
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)

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