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Medical Laboratory Science Program

Bachelor of Science — Program Overview

Medical laboratory scientists conduct laboratory tests to diagnose, detect and treat diseases. It’s one of the most crucial, in-demand jobs in health care today!

Major in medical laboratory science at Briar Cliff, and you’ll be prepared to work in hospital labs, clinics, blood banks, veterinary offices, or forensic, biotechnology and industrial research labs. You’ll also have a well-rounded liberal arts degree, meaning you’ll have the credentials — and the real-world experience — to stand out from the rest of the field! 

Medical Laboratory Science

How does the program work?

At Briar Cliff, our medical laboratory science program is basically two programs in one: a liberal arts degree through BCU, plus a year of clinical coursework and a certificate through an approved medical laboratory science program:

  1. Spend your first three years taking on-campus courses focused on chemistry, microbiology and liberal arts coursework.
  2. During your junior year, you’ll apply to medical laboratory science programs that are certified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Sioux City has two: St. Luke’s College and Mercy Medical Center). 
  3. After you’re accepted into a program, you’ll spend a fourth “clinical year” at the approved program, taking clinical coursework centered around microscopy/urinalysis, hematology/coagulation, microbiology, serology/immunology, chemistry and immunohematology; along with orientation, introduction to research, management and supervision courses.

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be qualified — and prepared — to sit for the national certifying exam, administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).  

Prepare for career success. 

As a licensed medical laboratory scientist, you’ll be in high demand! According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of medical laboratory science is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. 

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Core Medical Laboratory Science Program Courses

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 222 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the cells and organ systems of the human body. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 339 - Principles of Microbiology

An in-depth study of microorganisms, including ultra structure, growth characteristics, metabolism and genetics. Read more »

BIOL 357 - Genetics

The scientific study of heredity including transmission genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics (DNA structure and function). Four lectures. Read more »

BIOL 400 - Immunology

A comprehensive study of immunology designed especially for students in the medical laboratory science program and other health-related areas. Topics discussed: chemical properties of antibodies, antigen recognition, immune response, techniques of immunoassay and diseases with immunological bases. Read more »

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »

CHEM 337 - Organic Chemistry I

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers. General reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are also discussed. Read more »

CHEM 337L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Experimental work involving the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds, including the use of gas-liquid chromatography. Read more »

CHEM 338 - Organic Chemistry II

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aromatic compounds and organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Biological applications and multistep synthesis are also studied. Read more »

CHEM 338L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

A continuation of CHEM 337L, spectrophotometric methods are included. Read more »

CHEM 442 - Biochemistry I

A study of the molecules found in living organisms, emphasizing the relationship of their structure to their function. Also examined are the methods used to separate and characterize these molecules. Read more »

CHEM 442L - Biochemistry I Laboratory

Experimental treatment of topics covered in CHEM 442. Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

PHYS 121 - Basic Physics I

An introductory physics course for students of moderate mathematical ability. Topics include vectors, motion, force, energy, momentum, mechanical waves, oscillations, fluids and thermal physics. Recommended for pre-medics, pre-dental, biology majors, psychology majors, medical technologists and liberal arts students interested in science. An elementary understanding of algebra and trigonometry is required. Three lectures, one lab. Read more »

PHYS 122 - Basic Physics II

A continuation of PHYS 121. Topics include electricity, magnetism, circuits, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Three lectures, one lab. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 You must also meet any admission requirements specified by the approved clinical program into which you are accepted for your senior year.

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.