Medical Laboratory Science

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Science program is designed to prepare you for a career in the clinical laboratory. The different areas of the laboratory that you will be training in are clinical chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, medical microbiology. molecular diagnostics and urinalysis. You will be exposed to a wide array of specialized techniques and instrumentation that are utilized to solve the mysteries and ailments of the human body. The knowledge and skills you acquire in the laboratory will help develop your reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Medical Laboratory scientists (MLS) have to use their critical thinking and communicating skills to converse with medical staff. A MLS in the medical field is responsible for reporting accurate test results which the physician will use to diagnose and treat the patient. You will be analyzing different samples such as blood, body fluids, stool, sputum, tissue and urine and correlating the results you obtain with the patients’ condition before you report the results. Results from the specimens will also be used in the hospital to monitor the patients’ treatments.

The Advanced Technical Certificate - MLS program at HCC is a 16 month program which involves didactic course in the classroom and laboratory training, followed by 20 weeks of clinical experience with an affiliated hospital laboratory site with experienced MLS in the field. The experience in the field will reinforce the knowledge and skills you have been trained in the classroom and student laboratory. At the end of your training you will be eligible to take the Board of Registry exam offered by American Society of Clinical Pathologist.

As a MLS you will have the opportunity to explore careers in research, hospital laboratory, reference laboratory, management and education. 

Program Summary

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) - Dale Mabry campus will be offering the Advanced Technology Certificate (ATC) for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program starting August 22, 2016. This program will be a 16 month program and will comprise of 45 credits.

The program will be seeking the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) accreditation.

The program will be a post-Baccalaureate (4 + 1) Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) for Medical Laboratory Science. Applicants must have obtained a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university in Biology and/or Chemistry by the application deadline, including:
• 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biological science (with one semester in microbiology),
• 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry (with one semester in organic or biochemistry),
• 1 semester (1 quarter) of mathematics

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate coursework.

The ATI TEAS test is an admissions requirement. Applicants are ranked based on highest combined Math and Science TEAS scores. The highest scores will be selected.
Download the TEAS Information PDF here:
Dale Mabry Campus TEAS Information
Plant City Campus TEAS information
SouthShore Campus TEAS Information
The TEAS test is offered at HCC’s Testing Centers and other ATI approved locations. Additional information on the test can be found on their website

Applicants employed by certain local communities of interest will be given selection priority over other applicants. They must indicate their employer on the Health Sciences application, and an original, signed letter of recommendation from the immediate healthcare supervisor, on letterhead, must also be attached to the application to be eligible for selection priority admission based on employment.

HCC will be providing the classroom space for the program, and Erwin Technical College will be providing the lab space.