Program Overview

Austin Peay State University offers qualified students the Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist program. This program is designed to help working MLTs possibly become MLS/MTs in as little as 10 months. The program is able to be completed entirely online, making it an ideal fit for working professionals in need of flexibility. This is a lock-step program, or cohort program, meaning students move forward and learn with the same group of peers during the entirety of the program.

Once enrolled, students begin the program of study in August and finish in June. Some students may need to complete prerequisites, so all candidates are encouraged to meet with an advisor to plan their studies. The course format consists of two classes at a time that are taken for eight-weeks over four terms, each term being eight weeks in length.

During the progression of this program, students are able to earn credit through work experience. Coursework relates directly to the preparation needed for the Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist exam.

To complete this Bachelor of Science program, those enrolled must earn a total 120 credits. Credits needed at APSU depend on each student, but many candidates typically take 12 to 14 credits per semester. Courses specific to the program include Microbiology, Immunology, General Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. Additional courses include Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    The Medical Technology program at APSU is accredited by NAACLS. Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).

    Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.


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