Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

In Cooperation with School of Medical Laboratory Science Baptist Health College Little Rock

Medical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Technologists) are specialist who perform laboratory tests on blood, body fluids and tissues.  The results of theses tests are used by physicians in diagnosing and treating disease, maintaining health, drug monitoring, organ transplantation, forensic medicine and more.

Medical Laboratory Science combines the challenges and rewards of medicine and science.  Medical Laboratory Scientists are vital members of the health care team.  They must work accurately and quickly to detect the changes in biologic specimens that determine the absence, presence, extent and causes of disease.  They study the immune system and how it reacts to various organisms such as bacteria, virus, and fungus; the body chemistry; the hematological system; and many other subjects.

The Department of Health Sciences in cooperation with Baptist Health College Little Rock offers a Bachelors Degree in Medical Laboratory Science.  The degree requirements consist of completion of a minimum of 83 semester hours at UCA with at least a 2.5 GPA before the student applies to the professional curriculum at Baptist Health.  Students must apply to the professional phase of the program at Baptist Health and acceptance is on a competitive basis.  The professional curriculum consists of a minimum of 41 hours that must be taken at Baptist Health.

Students may transfer into the program, but a minimum thirty (30) hours of residence at UCA is required.  In all cases, completion of 124 hours, including the professional curriculum, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for completion of the degree.   A Medical Laboratory Scientist must graduate from UCA and sit for a national certification examination.

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology

Fall Semester –  14 hours Spring Semester – 14 hours
Course # Course Title Hours Course # Course Title Hours
WRTG 1310 Intro to College Writing 3 WRTG 1320 Acad Writing and Research 3
MATH 1390* College Algebra 3 Elective Social Science 3
CHEM 1450(1) College Chemistry 1 4 CHEM 1451 College Chem II 4
* BIOL 1440 Prin. Biology I 4 BIOL 1441 Prin. Biology II 4
Fall Semester –  14 hours Spring Semester –  15 hours
Course # Course Title Hours Course # Course Title Hours
BIOL 2405 Human Anatomy/Physiology 4 Elective World Cultural Traditions 3
ENGL 2305 or 2306* World Literature I or II 3 PSCI 1330 Political Science(3) 3
CHEM 2401 Organic Chem I(2) 4 Elective Humanities 3
Gen Ed World History I or II 3 CSCI 1300 Intro to Comp(4) 3
KPED/HED 1320 Lifetime Health & Fitness 3
Fall Semester –  14 hours Spring Semester –  13 hours
Course # Course Title Hours Course # Course Title Hours
CHEM 3520 Quantitative Analysis(5) 5 BIOL 3420 Gen Micro & Immuno(5) 5
Elective Social Science 3 Elective 3
SPTA 1300 Basic Oral Comm 3 ART 2300 or MUS 2300 or SPTA 2300 3
Elective 3 Elective 2


(1)High School chemistry or Chemistry 1301 is a prerequisite.

(2) CHEM 2401 is typically only offered in Fall and Summer I semesters.

(3)Can substitute HIST 2301 or HIST 2302

(4)Can substitute INFO 1343

(5) CHEM 3520 and BIOL 3420 Cannot be taken the same semester because of an overlap in lecture times.