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Medical Laboratory Science

Dr. Darius Y. Wilson

Welcome to the medical laboratory science (MLS) program at Baptist College of Health Sciences (Baptist College). The MLS program at Baptist College is an accelerated full-time program designed to be completed in 16 months (four trimesters). Graduates earn a bachelor of health sciences (BHS) with a major in medical laboratory science. US labor officials expect medical laboratory science to rank among the fastest-growing job categories in the coming decade. You can be in the forefront of the field by earning a medical laboratory science degree at Baptist College.

Dr. Darius Y. Wilson, EdD, MAT, BSMT (ASCP), Chair



The medical laboratory science (MLS) program mission is to provide:

  • Exemplary laboratory education.
  • Instruction necessary to educate individuals to become skilled, caring health are practitioners who value lifelong learning.
  • Scholarly activity through practice-based research.
  • Positive impact on the health status of the community through service.  

In accordance with the mission of the Baptist College, educational experiences in the MLS program reflect the importance of a strong general educational foundation and include opportunities for critical thinking, use of technology, effective communication, skills, and the ability to work effectively with others.

Educational/Program Goals:

  • Maintain a nationally accredited program in medical laboratory science.
  • Implement and promote the rules and regulations of the State of Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board for training programs for medical laboratory personnel.
  • Design and implement a curriculum whereby upon completion of the program the students demonstrate the entry-level competencies to gain employment in the MLS or related laboratory field.
  • Provide a program to prepare well-trained laboratory professionals who will be eligible to sit for the national certification examinations.
  • Display a commitment to the role and the development of the medical laboratory professional.
  • Develop in the students the necessary interpersonal and communication skills to professionally interact with patients, patients’ families, physicians, and other members of the health care team.

Program Learning Outcomes/Career Entry-Level Competencies

The graduates of the MLS program will be able to:

  • Perform the full range of clinical laboratory tests in hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation/hemostasis, urinalysis, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics appropriate for entry-level practice.
  • Determine specimen collection, processing and testing priorities, and organize workload according to laboratory priority classifications.
  • Integrate patient data for evaluation of validity of laboratory test results to include: confirm abnormal test results; correlate findings to disease processes; recognize discrepancies in patient results and quality-control results and take appropriate corrective action; verify quality control procedures.
  • Evaluate test systems, laboratory procedures, and equipment using basic knowledge and skills in financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost effective, high-quality, value-added laboratory services.
  • Evaluate published laboratory studies with sufficient knowledge of research design and practice.
  • Implement basic knowledge and skills in information management to enable effective, timely, accurate, and cost-effective reporting of laboratory generated information.
  • Exhibit personal and professional conduct consistent with the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science.
  • Comply with safety regulations and standard precautions and evaluate quality assurance assessments.
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills to professionally interact with patients, patients’ families, physicians, and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate education techniques and terminology sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the principles and applications of professionalism to address ongoing professional career development and performance improvement.

Accreditation of the Program
NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
The MLS program at Baptist College of Health Sciences is in the initial accreditation process. The Preliminary Report has been approved by NAACLS.

NAACLS contact information
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

Tennessee State Licensure Requirement
All medical laboratory personnel and special analysts in Tennessee must hold current Tennessee licensure, unless specifically exempt by statute or rules promulgated by the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board.

The MLS program at Baptist College of Health Sciences has been granted a certificate by the  Tennessee Department of Health to conduct and maintain a school for training medical laboratory personnel in the specialty of medical laboratory technologist, general.

Medical Laboratory Board
Metro Center Complex
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37423