The program consists of two and one half years of general education and medical laboratory science program prerequisites, including supporting courses in biology and chemistry. The last semester of the third year and the entire fourth year of study consist of the professional phase courses of the program. A 23-week clinical field experience at a facility affiliated with the SVSU program is required and will provide the student with the necessary "real world" professional practice needed to become a competent and confident laboratory professional.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree in Medical Laboratory Science, the student is eligible to take the exam by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Granting of the degree in Medical Laboratory Science is not contingent on passing the national MLS certification exam.
The SVSU medical laboratory science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).