Medical Laboratory Science at Thomas More College

Where Will You Go?

The study of Medical Laboratory Science prepares students to be an essential member of the health care team employed in the clinical laboratory. A medical laboratory scientist performs and evaluates chemical, hematologic, microscopic, bacteriologic, and immunologic tests on biological specimens taken from patients for use in detecting, diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases. Tests include highly automated analyses and complex protocols. Occupational possibilities in Medical Laboratory Science include:

  • Hematologist
  • Immunologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Sales Representative
  • Science Laboratory Assistant

Medical Laboratory Science

Where Is Your Future?

The first three years of the program are accomplished at Thomas More College and give the student a strong background in biology, chemistry, and the liberal arts. During the third year, the student will apply to the School of Medical Laboratory Science at nearby St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. She/he will spend the final (fourth) undergraduate year taking classes in this program. The program accommodates only four students each year and consists of laboratory-centered courses (see below) in which the individual is able to progress to processing actual patient samples while still a student. The student will receive his/her degree in Medical Laboratory Science from TMC.

What Is Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical Laboratory Scientists may be found in laboratory settings within a hospital, pharmaceutical company, or research institution. They may specialize in Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, Tissue typing, Serology, Cytology, or Histology. Others may choose to be generalists, rotating between the various specialties. Medical Laboratory Science gives an individual the background not only to perform highly technical manipulations, but also to pursue graduate or medical school, in much the same way as if the individual possessed a biology major.

Thomas More College is affiliated with the Clinical Laboratory Program of Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Covington, Kentucky. The Medical Laboratory Science Program at St. Elizabeth is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Lab Science (NAACLS) of Chicago, IL. After completing the course work required by Thomas More College, the student spends his/her senior year at the hospital. This is a twelve-month program of professional study, generally beginning in July after their junior year (or January). Course work at the hospital is in the following areas (see catalog or link above for further description):

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Special Chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Serology
  • Cytology/Histology Techniques


St. Elizabeth Heart Program Ranks in Nation's Top 100
HCIA-Sachs selected St. Elizabeth Medical Center as one of 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study in the year 2000. The listing was developed last year to identify the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals and to set performance standards for other hospitals to meet.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center Rated "Best in Tri-State Region"
Not only is St. Elizabeth's cardiac program rated number one by within a 200 mile radius of Cincinnati, but the medical center is also the only hospital in the region to earn a five-star rating in cardiac bypass surgery, valve replacement surgery, and treatment of heart attack.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center
School of Medical Laboratory Science

Upcoming Event for Students
For those who like working in the Lab--but did not know you could make a career out of it!
Wednesday- February 28, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
in the General Physiology Lab S-306 come hear "What Is It Like to Be a Medical Laboratory Scientist?"
guest speaker Traci Kraus, MEd, MT (ASCP), Program Director of St. Elizabeth Healthcare - School of Medical Technology

For more information, contact:

John Hageman, PhD
Medical Laboratory Science Adviser
(859) 344-3525