Program Overview

One of the tracks Michigan State University offers in its Master of Science degree program is Clinical Laboratory Sciences. This track offers laboratory information and sciences necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. While certification as a medical technologist/clinical laboratory science is preferred, it is not required for admission.

The curriculum is advertised as being customized to each student’s interests, as well as supportive of each student’s chosen final project. The emphasis in this program is placed on the range of subjects in laboratory sciences. Research that goes above and beyond traditional laboratory regulation and cultivates original thinking is encouraged.

A total of 30 credits in the Plan A or B track is required to complete this degree. Plan A requires a thesis. The Plan B track does not require a thesis, but an academic advisor must approve the program of study.

Students must take both Medical Technology Seminar and Fundamentals of Scientific Research as well as four credits of 800-level Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics that are to be approved by an academic advisor. Other requirements are a course in biochemistry or cell biology and a 400-level or above course in statistics. A maximum of nine credits in 400-level courses is also a mandatory.

Students who choose the Plan A track must complete Master’s Thesis Research, which requires them to complete a thesis. Those in Plan B must take Selected Problems in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Professionals in this field will be well versed in using clinical instruments and will have well-developed analytical skills that can be applied to healthcare facilities or laboratories.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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