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Medical Laboratory Sciences Combined Program

Advance your career potential by enrolling in Oakland University’s Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s in Medical Laboratory Sciences degree program. Interact with graduate students, save time and money, apply for graduate assistantships, develop a more profound preparation for the field of medical laboratory science and increase your potential for management careers.

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in Oakland’s B.S. in Clinical and Diagnostic Science with a specialization in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program are eligible to apply. If accepted, you will be granted deferred admission to the Master of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences program and begin graduate courses during the first semester of your senior year. This helps accelerate the completion of a graduate degree.

Visit the M.S. in CDS webpage to learn more about the Master’s program.

Advising Apply

Complete the graduate-level cross-listed elective courses during your senior year, followed by your clinical rotation and one additional year of coursework at the graduate level. 12 credits of graduate courses applied to the bachelor’s degree may be counted also for graduate credit through the combined program.

Courses in the final year of study are designed to enhance your educational goals and objectives, while simultaneously reviewing current literature in the field of study and completing a discipline-specific project in your capstone course. 

Curricular Requirements

Students seeking the Combined B.S./M.S. degree plan must complete a minimum of 120, including the following requirements:

  1. Meet the university general education requirements

    In order to graduate on schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

    Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, U.S. Diversity and Capstone. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements section of the catalog.

  2. Complete the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences core curriculum

    • BIO 1200 - Biology I (4) *
    • BIO 2100 - Human Anatomy (4)
    • BIO 2101 - Human Anatomy Laboratory (1)
    • BIO 2600 - Human Physiology (4) *
    • CDS 2010 - Careers in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (1)
    • CDS 2050 - Contemporary Issues in Health Care Organizations and Practice (2)
    • CDS 2100 - Medical Terminology (1)
    • CDS 2260 - Introduction to Laboratory Theory and Techniques (2) (not required for Pre-Physician Assistant, RAD or NMT specialization)
    • HS 4500 - Ethics in Health Care (4)
    • STA 2220 - Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Reasoning (4) * or STA 2222 - Statistical Methods for Biology (4) or STA 2226 - Applied Probability and Statistics (4)

  3. Complete the specialization course requirements for medical laboratory sciences

    • PHY 1010 - General Principles of Physics I (4)
    • PHY 10201090 - GeneralPrinciples of Physics II (4)
    • CDS 4000 - Medical Genetics (4)
    • CDS 4020/5020 - Molecular Diagnostics (3)**
    • CDS 4140 - Hematology/Hemostasis I (3)
    • CDS 4150 - Hematology/Hemostasis Laboratory I (1)
    • CDS 4160 - Hematology/Hemostasis II (4)
    • CDS 4170 - Hematology/Hemostasis Laboratory II (1)
    • CDS 4230 - Medical Immunology (3)
    • CDS 4240/5240 - Immunohematology (3)**
      CDS 4241 - Immunohematology Laboratory (1)
    • CDS 4250 - Medical Biochemistry (4)
    • CDS 4270 - Clinical Chemistry (4)
    • CDS 4280 - Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (1)
    • CDS 4300 - Clinical Microbiology (4)
    • CDS 4310 - Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (1)
    • CDS 4350/5350 - Clinical Parasitology, Mycology, Virology (3)**
    • CDS 4360 - Clinical Parasitology, Mycology, Virology Lab (1)
    • CDS 4400/5400 - Clinical Correlations (3)**
    • CHM 1440 - General Chemistry I (4)
    • CHM 1450 - General Chemistry II (4)
    • CHM 1470 - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
    • CHM 1480 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
    • CHM 2340 - Organic Chemistry I (4)


    Some clinical programs may require MTH 1441. Check the individual clinical programs for current requirements.

  4. Complete all CDS major program coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher.

    Graduate Courses:

    • CDS 5020 Molecular Diagnostics (3)
    • CDS 5240 Immunohematology (3)
    • CDS 5350 Clinical Parasitology, Mycology, Virology (3)
    • CDS 5400 Clinical Correlations (3)


    A student with a junior standing may apply to the Combined B.S./M.S. program through the graduate office. Qualified applicants will be given delayed admission to the MLS program. (Full, formal admission will not take place until the student successfully completes his or her undergraduate degree). While there is no GPA requirement for admission to the program, students must maintain an average of 3.0 GPA throughout the curriculum.

    A student accepted into the program continues his or her undergraduate degree with the substitution of four graduate courses as shown above.

    Please note that students must be accepted into the program before taking any graduate level courses. If a student in the program has successfully graduated with a B.S. degree, he or she is fully admitted to the graduate MLS program.

Broaden your Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences expertise and increase your income potential with a Master’s Degree.

When you graduate from the CDS Master’s program, you will be prepared for a variety of careers, including but not limited to:

  • Administrator/Manager
  • Clinical Educator
  • Advanced Practice Specialist
  • Lead Technical Specialist
  • Technical Supervisor

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent in the next decade, resulting in about two million new jobs in that time period. Additionally, employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to increase by seven percent. 

Average Salary

As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a bachelor’s-level Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician is $65,000 per year while graduate-level Medical Scientists average $95,310 annually. Compensation for management leadership positions varies in range.

Dr. Dale Telgenhoff
Associate Professor and Coordinator
[email protected]

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