Biology Programs

Medical Laboratory Sciences Major

Medical laboratory sciences (sometimes called medical technology or clinical laboratory sciences) is one of the Allied Health professions. When a physician orders a test on a patient's blood, urine, sputum, etc., it is the medical laboratory professionals who process the sample, perform the test and get the results back to the physician.  They may specialize in hematology, chemical analysis, microbiology, genetic testing, blood banking or other sub-fields.  While they do not have regular contact with patients, they are an essential part of the patient care team.

Xavier's medical laboratory sciences majors, upon graduation, are equipped with an aptitude for scientific work. They know how to deal with routine as well as unexpected work demands. They are dependable, methodical, precise, self-sufficient individuals. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in medical laboratory sciences and are headed for one of the highest-demand professions in health care, a career that is satisfying, challenging and rewarding.

Students majoring in medical laboratory sciences complete 24 semester hours of biology, 17 semester hours of chemistry and 4 elective hours in one of the three natural sciences during their three years at Xavier. This is not a technical program; MLS professionals receive broad training in the basic sciences. MLS professionals make complex decisions, frequently with ethical dimensions, and should be equipped to rise up to supervisory positions. Thus, a liberal arts core curriculum is also a part of the program.  If students' career plans change, students can easily change majors to biology, chemistry, chemical science, physics, or natural sciences.  With the right elective choices, the program can be adapted to include a "pre-med" curriculum as well.

Medical laboratory sciences is a 3+1 program, meaning three years of undergraduate study here and 12 months away from campus gaining clinical experience at a hospital. In the third year, students must apply and be accepted at a hospital accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and approved by the University. Xavier is affiliated with two area hospitals: St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, KY and the Medical Technology Program of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. It is also possible to attend other hospital programs, in consultation with the program director.  During the clinical year, students pay tuition to the hospital program instead of to Xavier.  

Freshman Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 160
General Biology I
3 BIOLOGY 162
General Biology II
3
BIOLOGY 161
General Biology I Lab
2 BIOLOGY 163
General Biology II Lab
2
CHEMISTRY 160
General Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 162
General Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 161
General Chemistry I Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 163
General Chemistry II Lab
1
FOREIGN LANGUAGE Elective 3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE Elective 3
ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3 PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
3
Diversity Course Requirement** 3 Fine Arts Elective 1
Total 18 Total 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 222
Immunology
2 BIOLOGY 230
Genetics
3
Approved science electives*** 2 BIOLOGY 231
Genetics Lab
1
CHEMISTRY 240
Organic Chemistry l
3 CHEMISTRY 242
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 241
Organic Chemistry I  Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 243
Organic Chemistry II  Lab
1
MATH 120
Elementary Functions
3 MATH 156
General Statistics
3
History Elective I 3 History Elective II 3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 LITERATURE Elective 3
 Fine Arts Elective 1    
Total 18 Total 17

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
Nov - Jan: Apply to Clinical Programs    

BIOLOGY 410
Human Physiology

3 BIOLOGY 200
Microbiology
3
BIOLOGY 411
Human Physiology Lab
2 BIOLOGY 201
Microbiology Lab
1
CHEMISTRY 221
Analytical Chemistry
1 Approved science electives*** 2
PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3

Social Science Elective

3
Social Science Elective 3 THEO 200-level Elective 3
ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205
Lit & Moral Imagination
3 Diversity Course Requirement** 3
Fine Arts Elective 1 E/RS Focus Elective 3
       
Total 16 Total 18
Clinical Program. Enroll at XU in MEDT100, MEDT200, MEDT300 (36 hours total); take classes elsewhere
       

Senior Year

Students must have a 2.8 GPA or higher in the sciences to apply for the clinical year.  The B.S. degree in medical laboratory sciences will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the fourth year (12 months) of study at an accredited NAACLS School of Medical Technology administered by a hospital and approved by Xavier University. After passing an examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), the graduate becomes a Registered Medical Technologist.

A student may also elect to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in biology or natural sciences, then apply to any hospital-based program in medical technology accredited by NAACLS.

Scheduling Notes:

  • Consult the Undergraduate Core Curriculum description for added details.
  • This curriculum was updated for Fall, 2012. See online catalog for pre-2012 requirements.
  • A minimum of 131 credit hours is required for the degree upon 36 hours completion of a fourth year at an approved hospital.

**Students enrolled prior to 2012-2013 may graduate under either requirementsE/R&S Focus Elective and Diversity Curriculum requirements may be used to satisfy another element of the Core or the major, reducing the number of hours listed above.

***Pre-approved science electives include Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Histology, Parasitology, Physics I, Human & Comparative Anatomy, Virology