MLT to MLS Track


The MLT to MLS track (bridge) is an online program only available to those who have an associate degree from a medical laboratory technician (MLT) program. 

Students must satisfy the University of Kentucky general education core courses and the MLS program pre-requisite courses before beginning the MLT to MLS track. These core courses and program pre-requisite courses can be taken at a local higher educational institution and transferred into UK. MLT to MLS track students can transfer into UK a maximum of 80 credit hours. For advisement on what courses you need or what courses are acceptable, consult our academic advisor Jimmie L. Jones at The following courses are MLS program pre-requisite courses for the MLT to MLS track:

  • 1 semester of general biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of statistical methods
  • 1 semester of human physiology (or combined course in physiology and anatomy)

The program has a full-time student curriculum (12 months) as laid out below, however, a part-time option (24 months) with set curriculum is available. Due to having an associate degree from a MLT program and current employment in a multi-disciplinary laboratory, students are excluded from taking student laboratory courses. Depending upon work experience, students may also be eligible for a reduction in clinical course work. This is assessed by the MLT/MLS coordinator.

Year 1 - Fall

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 410Medical Laboratory Biochemistry3
MLS 420Immunology & Serology3
MLS 460Clinical Hematology3
MLS 461Clinical Microbiology3
MLS 480 Clinical Hematology Practicum2
MLS 481Clinical Microbiology Practicum2

Year 1 -Spring

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NumberCredit Hours
MLS 430Clinical Mycology, Parasitology 2
MLS 462Clinical Chemistry3
MLS 463Immunohematology3
MLS 464Body Fluids & Hemostasis2
MLS 482Clinical Chemistry Practicum2
MLS 483Clinical Immunohematology Practicum2
MLS 471Professionalism in MLS1


Year 1 –Summer I

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 440Molecular Techniques3

Year 1 –Summer II 

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 450MLS Education & Management3
MLS 470Clinical Correlations3

Course descriptions can be found in the UK Bulletin. 

  • Students must achieve an overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.5 and successfully pass all program pre-requisite courses
  • An associate degree from a MLT program
  • Certification (BOC preferred) - if uncertified, then you must have documentation of 5 years of work experience in a MLT position within a multidisciplinary laboratory
  • Current and continued employment in a clinical laboratory – prefer laboratory that offers testing in all major disciplines.
  • A separate application fee of $25.00 is required for admission to the MLT to MLS online program. Your application will not be processed without the $25.00 fee.
  • The application fee cannot be waived nor deferred, and is non-refundable.
  • We accept Visa, Discover, American Express and MasterCard. Credit/debit cards are also accepted.

Pay MLS Application Fee Here

This Application is Currently Closed. It will reopen January 1, 2018.

  1. Complete the College of Health Sciences and MLT to MLS online application. Make sure to select the MLT to MLS option.
  2. Apply to UK if you are not a UK student. 
  3. Have your direct supervisor complete a statement of support form. Also, provide three recommendation forms. You can access these forms from the online application in step 1. Your current direct supervisor MUST complete the statement of support form and a recommendation form. The other two recommendation forms should be completed by professionals (additional laboratory administrator, pathologist, co-worker external to the laboratory, educator) who are familiar with your abilities. 
  4. Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges you have attended. The transcripts must have an official seal.
  5. Mail the statement of support form, recommendation forms, and transcripts to:
    Office of Student Affairs
    University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
    Wethington Bldg., Rm. 111
    900 South Limestone Street
    Lexington, KY 40536-0200
  6. Other documents that must be uploaded with the above MLT to MLS application in step 1 include:
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Your resume or curriculum vitae should include the following:
      • Objective statement that addresses your interest in completing advanced degree and states your career goals
      • Include all higher education institutions attended and dates of graduation (completion)
      • Include all employment history within medical laboratory science field. Need start/end dates, role/position and description of duties
      • Include current place of employment and laboratory areas routinely assigned in
      • Include phlebotomy experience
      • Indicate certifications
    • Provide Proof of being an MLT/CLT. This may include any one of the following items:
      • Copy of MLT/CLT degree
      • Documentation of MLT/CLT certification
      • Letter from MLT/CLT program director

After the deadline for applying to the MLT to MLS program, application packets will be reviewed. Qualified applicants may be asked to participate in a brief phone interview with MLS faculty member(s).

Contact us today: 
(859) 218-0473

For more information contact the MLT/MLS coordinator Chad Guilliams at (859) 218-0855 or   

NOTE: While the state of Kentucky does not have licensure requirements, a handful of states have state licensure requirements. If your state has licensure requirements, please check with your state's licensing board to see if this program will meet your states requirements for licensure before applying.