B.S. Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) are health care professionals highly trained in the art and technology of clinical laboratory medicine. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies and research. MLS are the detectives of the medical world and perform diagnostic tests to assist the physician in treatment of patients.

  • Retention Rate: 94% of students who begin the second year of the program graduate.
  • BOC Pass Rate: 86% of students who attempt the MLS BOC exam pass.
  • Employment: 100% of students are employed before graduation.

Northeastern State offers two options to earn a baccalaureate degree in Medical Laboratory Science:

Pathway I: Consortium Plan 3+1

Students complete 94 hours of pre-requisite courses prior to attending a 12-month, 30-credit hour internship at one of four state schools of medical laboratory science. Successful completion of the internship earns students a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science and eligibility to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification national exam. Passing the Board of certification exam allows you to practice in most national laboratories and to use the initials MLS (ASCP) after the name.

Applications due October 15 of each year.

Pathway II: Online Transitional Degree Completion Program 2+2

Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist [Program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)] , 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) are health care professionals highly trained in the art and technology of clinical laboratory medicine. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies and research. MLS are the detectives of the medical world and perform diagnostic tests to assist the physician in treatment of patients. Graduates have an employment placement rate of 100%.                                       

Students with an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and employed as a Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP or AMT) are eligible to take 60 upper division credits combining biology and chemistry courses along with advanced clinical courses. These courses are offered in an online format. Laboratory practices are completed at the students' place of employment. Successful completion of this program earns the student a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and eligibility for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination.

One cohort is admitted each year for the Fall semester.

Applications are available January 1- May 1 and complete applications are due May 1 of each year.

For MLS Completion application, contact Dr. Sallie Ruskoski.

Program Requirements

Medical Laboratory Science Internship (3+1)

For internship application, contact Dr. Sallie Ruskoski.

Medical Laboratory Science Completion (2+2)

Applications are available January 1- May 1 and complete applications are due May 1 of each year. 

For MLS Completion application, contact Dr. Sallie Ruskoski.

MLS Completion Program Faculty

Degree Available at

  • Tahlequah
  • Broken Arrow