The Certificate in Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science is only open to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry or will earn such a Bachelor’s degree prior to or concurrently upon the completion of the certificate requirements. Students in the certificate program will complete all microbiology related coursework/practicum within the Medical Laboratory Science program. Graduates with this certificate will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) examination for Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) and will be eligible for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)-Specialist license in the area of Microbiology through the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) . Graduates will only be eligible to work in microbiology departments within the clinical laboratory and will not be eligible to work as a generalist within the clinical laboratory.
Our Medical Laboratory Science faculty members are highly-skilled professionals with extensive content expertise and a passion to teach students how to apply practical, clinical knowledge to their future careers.
**Completion of a Bachelor’s degree prior to or concurrently with the completion of the Clinical Microbiology certificate is required in order to qualify for Route 3 eligibility for the Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) exam.
The Route 3 eligibility requirements are as follows:
Eligibility Routes for ASCP Technologist in Microbiology: ROUTE 3
• Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a major in biological science or chemistry, or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a recombination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry,
• AND successful completion of a structured program in microbiology under the auspices of a NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist Program within the last five years. The structured program in microbiology must be equivalent to the curriculum for microbiology in the Medical Laboratory Scientist Program. Applicants should not apply until after successful completion of the structured program.
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form highly skilled servant leaders who model professional ethics and exhibit critical thinking skills in order to serve patients by producing quality laboratory test results.
The goals of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program are to:
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
Students who complete the Certificate in Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science will be qualified to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.
The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Science (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 or call 773-714-8880).