Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Courses & Curriculum

Medical Laboratory Science is the study of the exciting field of laboratory medicine. Formerly referred to as Medical Technology, the field encompasses the full array of diagnostic protocols performed on blood and body fluids utilized by physicians to diagnose disease and monitor the well-being of their patients. In addition, the clinical laboratory science degree can be a stepping stone to a number of other careers in the health care field.

As of September 1, 2006, New York State requires all medical laboratory practitioners to be licensed. The Canisius program is in full compliance with the program requirements of the New York State Office of the Professions in addition to adherence to the guidelines set forth by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). The field is also on the verge of a severe shortage of qualified professionals, making now a great time to become a clinical laboratory scientist.

The Canisius Medical Laboratory Science Program incorporates a 3+1 curriculum. The student is campus-based their first three years, with the final year spent in a full year, hospital- based, accredited internship program. During this year, the student experiences and obtains proficiency in all areas of the clinical laboratory including: hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, microbiology, histology and immunohematology

The program is a rigorous one, with very modest flexibility. The course offerings reflect the solid background in the sciences required for the internship experience. During the student’s junior year, application is made to accredited hospital schools of medical technology. The burden of acceptance into a hospital program rests with the student.

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Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum:

1. Core Curriculum Requirements: 
View the Core Curriculum requirements.  All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education.

2. Major course requirements:

A. Major Courses  
BIO 111-112 Introduction to Biology and Lab 8 credits
BIO 114 Human Biology: Intro to Anatomy & Physiology + Lab 4 credits
BIO 211-212 Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Lab 8 Credits
BIO 307 General Microbiology and Lab 4 credits
BIO 426 Immunochemistry and Lab 4 credits
CHM 111-112 General Chemistry+ Lab 8 credits
CHM 227-228 Organic Chemistry+ Lab 8 credits
MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science    4 credits
MDT 280-281 Seminar: Sophomore Level 2 credits
MDT 380-381 Seminar: Junior Level 2 credits
MDT 400-401 Hospital Rotation 30 credits
B.  Major Electives (2 courses)  
Science electives: two courses to be 
arranged with advisor
6-8 credits

3.  Free electives:
Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours.


MDT 280-281 Seminar: Sophomore Level              1 credit per semester
Introduction to Clinical Science Laboratory profession from variety of perspectives: history, present state of health-care delivery, job opportunities, organization of hospital laboratory. Tour of hospital laboratory. 

MDT 380-381 Seminar: Junior Level              1 credit per semester      
Advanced discussions of Clinical Science Laboratory theory and practice designed as preparation for senior-year hospital rotation. Tour of hospital laboratory. 

MDT 400-401 Hospital Rotation       15 credits per semester