Medical Education

Medical Laboratory Science is the use of clinical laboratory testing to detect, diagnose, monitor and treat disease. An estimated 85 percent of all diagnostic medical decisions are based on results produced by clinical laboratory testing.

Interesting Facts

  • History of 100 percent pass rates on the national certification exam, with 100 percent passing on the first attempt for the past eight years
  • Every faculty member holds certification as a specialist specific to their area of teaching
  • The MLS program is celebrating the 71st year of training Medical Laboratory Scientists (program started in 1942)

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Science program at Carolinas College is a 12-month program for applicants who have a bachelor's degree, preferably in a science. Experienced faculty members teach students the skills and theory needed to be a successful medical laboratory scientist.

Didactic lectures and student laboratory training take place at the college, with clinical experiences conducted in the laboratories of Carolinas Medical Center. Areas of study include clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), microbiology, tuberculosis, mycology, molecular pathology, urinalysis, toxicology, education and management.

The Medical Lab Scientist

Medical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists) analyze human blood, tissues, and body fluids or supervise the performance of medical laboratory tests using a wide variety of instruments, microscopes, computers, chemicals, or other methods for clinical analysis.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level medical laboratory scientists and are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification examination.
NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880

More Information

For more information on the Medical Laboratory Science program, visit the Carolinas College information portal.