Medical Laboratory Science

Chair or Program Director: 

Karen Golemboski, Ph.D, MT (ASCP), Chair
Pasteur Hall P108, Phone 502.272.8387, kgolemboski@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

Michelle Draper, MBA, MT(ASCP); Daniel Golemboski, Ph.D.
Adjunct faculty:
Jody Sizemore, MT(ASCP), SBB; James Snyder, Ph.D.

Medical Laboratory Scientists (formerly Medical Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Scientists) provide the science that supports healthcare: 70% of diagnostic and therapeutic medical decisions are based on laboratory test results generated by a Medical Laboratory Scientist. These professionals apply skill and instrumentation to analyze blood cells and body fluids, to identify disease causing bacteria and viruses, and to perform testing prior to transfusions and transplantation.

MLS graduates are employed primarily in hospital laboratories, but also enjoy career opportunities in biomedical research, forensics, biotechnology, toxicology, health care administration, pharmaceuticals, and other industries. A degree in MLS also provides excellent preparation for graduate or professional school.

Learning Outcomes

Bellarmine MLS graduates will:
1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice.
2. Perform laboratory tests with accuracy and precision.
3. Understand and apply laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures.
4. Demonstrate appropriate ethical and professional behavior.

The Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science includes coursework and laboratory instruction in clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, hematology, clinical immunology, and immunohematology (blood banking). All MLS students complete a one-semester clinical internship at one or more of our affiliated Louisville-area hospitals. There are 2 Bellarmine programs which lead to certification in all 5 areas:

  • The 4-year Practitioner degree program begins with 2 years of general education requirements and science prerequisites. Students apply for admission to the MLS program during the sophomore year and spend junior and senior years in the professional program.
  • The Accelerated second-degree program (four semesters) is for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree.

The Medical Laboratory Science Department also offers a pre-professional option for students interested in medical or graduate school, and a visiting student program for affiliated universities.

For information about any of the curriculum options, contact us at mls@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8396.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum science-math grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts for all college course work.
  • An application for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science degree program, two letters of recommendation and personal statement. (Note: admission to Bellarmine University does not automatically admit a student into the Medical Laboratory Science Program.)
  • A personal interview, if requested by the MLS Admissions Committee.

Essential Functions

Since a degree in Medical Laboratory Science indicates mastery, not only of knowledge, but also of technical skills, and since these skills are to be applied in clinical situations, all MLS students are expected to meet certain criteria for admission to and progress in the professional program. These criteria include minimum standards of observation, motor function, behavioral-social capabilities, and communication. A list of the Essential Functions will be provided with the application; additionally, a copy may be obtained from the MLS Department office in Pasteur 108, or on the website at www.bellarmine.edu/lansing/cls.

Program Start Dates

Fall and Spring

Medical Laboratory Science Program Accreditation

The Bellarmine University Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Telephone 847.939.3597 or 773.714.8880; Fax 773.714.8886; info@naacls.org. 

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