MLT-MLS Distant Learning Track
The MLT-to-MLS Distant Learning program
allows medical laboratory technicians with an associate degree who are
registered by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or
certified by the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory
Personnel, Inc. (NCA) to complete the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory
in approximately three years through a combination of distance education and
concentrated laboratory and advanced clinical laboratory experiences. To
be eligible for the program, students must submit proof of certification
or registration from one of the above agencies.
The MLT-to-MLS program is divided into
the pre-professional curriculum and the professional curriculum and
takes 124 SC to complete. The pre-professional program includes a
minimum of 82 SC. MLTs are eligible for the professional program after
completing 76 SC including all of the following courses: 8
SC of college and/or clinical chemistry; 8 SC biology electives or
suitable MLT courses; 4 SC anatomy & physiology, or suitable MLT course;
4 SC microbiology or clinical microbiology; and 3 SC college algebra. An
additional 6 SC of general education courses may be completed after
enrolling in the program and prior to graduation. The general education
courses must include: 6 SC English composition, 6 SC history of
civilization or world history, 3 SC American history, 6 SC social
science, 2 SC speech communication, 3 SC fine arts and 3 SC humanities.
Students may complete the preprofessional curriculum at any regionally
accredited college or university.
The professional MLT-to-MLS curriculum
at UAMS requires 42 SC of upper level MLS courses to complete. In
addition, all students are required to attend concentrated
advanced-skills laboratory courses on the UAMS campus in Little Rock.
The laboratory sessions are conducted in one to three day sessions each
spring and/or summer.
All MLT-to-MLS students will need a
computer with CD-ROM drive and Internet access in order to view and
submit course material. Students will also be required to have an e-mail
address where the Department can routinely contact them.
After completing the courses listed
above, students will progress to advanced clinical laboratory
internships. MLTs will demonstrate
MLS level clinical skill competencies in approved clinical laboratories.
Additional selected experiences in clinical laboratories located in
Little Rock may be required to provide advanced procedures and
For further information on the MLT-to-MLS
distance learning program, call Cherry
Childs at (501) 686-5776 or (800) 981-4427.