Laboratory Science Programs

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine maintains affiliations with several laboratory science education programs in Clinical Lab Sciences and Anatomic Pathology. 


The HT program is offered through the Department of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine. This is a post-baccalaureate certificate. Applicants who wish to enroll in the UND Histotechnology program with MUSC as a clinical affiliate must meet specific requirements. 

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours of biology and chemistry courses (must include both). Recommended courses include: Microbiology, Immunology, and Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Three semester hours of college algebra or higher-level math 
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) on core courses (science and math) 

The UND program prepares students for the ASCP Histotechnician certification exam. Students at MUSC are provided additional instruction and resources to prepare for the ASCP Histotechnologists certification exam and will be eligible to sit for the HTL certification exam.  The online program is two semesters (approximately 9 months) in length. UND delivers course content online. Clinical experiences are in the MUSC laboratories four days a week and are concurrent with online coursework. There is no residency requirement at UND.  

Start dates: January and August. MUSC will accept 2 students in January and August. 
For specific information about the UND Histotechnology curriculum, please visit their  website


The Cytotechnology Program at Old Dominion University offers a post-baccalaureate certificate. This is an on-site program (at ODU) with MUSC serving as a clinical affiliate.  

Medical/Clinical  Laboratory Science 

Path and Lab Medicine has affiliates with several MLT and MLS programs throughout the country 

MLT Programs (Associate Degree)

Trident Technical College (TTC) – students enrolled in the 2-year MLT program at TTC are assigned clinical rotations throughout the Charleston area. Rotations are coordinated through the TTC faculty. The program is offers a part-time and full-time curriculum.

Weber State University offers an online option with clinical education provided at MUSC.

MLS Programs (Bachelor Degree)

Georgia Southern University (GSU) – GSU provides several routes for MLS education. 

MLS Traditional: Students enrolled in the traditional (on-site) program complete didactic education at GSU in Savannah and may be complete their clinical rotations at MUSC. Rotations are from May – December during the second year of the program. 

MLS Fast Track: This is an online option for local students to obtain MLS certification. The program is four semesters with online course work and clinical rotations taking place concurrently throughout all four semesters. No residency requirement at GSU. 

MLT to MLS: This program is for current MLTs who wish to pursue their MLT certification. The program is online and allows students to continue working. Clinical rotation requirements will be coordinated by the program faculty based on the students’ current work experiences.  

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)/Charleston Southern University(CSU)

CSU, UNMC and MUSC offer a collaborative option for a BS with an emphasis in Medical Laboratory Science. Students take all prerequisite coursework at CSU. The summer prior to their senior year, students attend the student laboratory at UNMC. Clinical education is provided at MUSC during the Fall and Spring semesters of the senior year. 

Contact Karen Pregnall at MUSC or Amy Albrecht at CSU. 

University of Cincinnati  

Online AS to BS Completion Program: This program is for current MLTs who wish to obtain their BS degree and pursue MLS certification. The program is fully online and requires clinical experience at MUSC. Students may apply for experience credit to reduce clinical hours.  

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Old Dominion University (ODU) 

MLS Online Program: This program is designed for current MLTs who wish to obtain a BS and sit for the MLS certificate. ODU requires that 30 credits are completed online from ODU.  

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University of Connecticut 

The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences program at the University of Connecticut (UC) offers two tracks – cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics. On-campus course work is completed at UC and clinical rotations are completed in the Molecular Pathology or Cytogenetics labs in Path and Lab Medicine.  

Eastern Virginia Medical School 

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) offers one of twelve Pathology Assistant programs in the nation. Course work is provided onsite at EVMS with MUSC serving as a clinical affiliate. 


Continuing Education at Trident Technical College offers several health care training programs. Students complete 72 hours of classroom training and 120 hours of clinical training. MUSC provides clinical rotations for phlebotomy students. 


Additional Clinical Affiliates 

Thomas University, Thomasville, GA – Online Biomedical Laboratory Science 

Eastern Michigan University 

George Washington University - Post-baccalaureate certificate and MS program

Rush University 

University of North Dakota 

University of Tennessee 

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