St. Luke's M.L.S. program is designed to assure that the student has the basic laboratory theory and understanding necessary to correctly perform procedures, recognize valid data/results and the ability to correlate and correctly interpret results including follow-up procedures indicated by abnormal results.

The minimum requirements of the cooperative 3-1 program with St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program (MLS) are listed below.


BIO 141 Foundations: Cellular Biology

BIO 142 Foundations: Organismal Biology

BIO 326 Microbiology  (BIO 205- Cell & Molecular Biology is required as a Cornell pre-requisite to access this course)

BIO 315 Genetics

*In addition, BIO 327 Immunology, is recommended.


CHE 121 and 122 Chemical Principles I & II OR CHE 161 Accelerated Gen. Chemistry 

CHE 225 Organic Chemistry I

CHE 326 Organic Chemistry II

CHE 327 Organic Laboratory

Chem 202 Analytical Chemistry

CHE 334 Biochemistry


One course in college-level mathematics or statistics (STA 201 Statistical Methods I)

Note:  Statistics is preferred, as laboratorians utilize statistics  on a daily basis analyzing quality control results on.   Math 110 cannot be used to meet St.Luke's mathematics requirement.

The fourth year, a full calendar year (12 months), is spent at St. Luke's under the supervision of the staff pathologist. The St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program is approved by the Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, which is affiliated with the American Medical Association. Candidates completing the program are examined by the ASCP for registry and, if approved, may practice anywhere in the United States.

The curriculum of the St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program consists of one hour of lecture and seven hours of practical experience per day in the following laboratory department: urinalysis, bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, histology-cytology, chemistry, isotopes, hematology, coagulation, serology, blood bank, and laboratory management. Upon completion of these courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, the candidate will be granted a minimum of 32 semester hours for upper level courses which will transfer to Cornell and be used towards baccalaureate degree requirements.