Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Laboratory Scientist Pathway 

You are eligible for the MLT to MLS program if you meet ALL the following criteria:

1. graduate of an associate degree MLT/CLT program accredited by NAACLS.
2. hold certification as an MLT(ASCP), CLT(NCA), or equivalent.
3. have 1-year of full-time work experience as an MLT/CLT (or will have at the point of taking the CLSC courses).
4. have been admitted as a degree seeking student by East Carolina University (to apply, contact ECU Office of Admissions at 328-6133 or go to the website  Note: Be sure to have the registrar(s) at all college(s) you have attended, send an official transcript directly to the Registrar, East Carolina University, Whichard 105, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. On your ECU admissions application indicate CLSC as your intended major.
5. have been admitted to the clinical laboratory science program.  Click HERE for the application.

Once admitted to ECU as an undergraduate degree-seeking student, the Registrar Office will evaluate your transcript(s) for transfer credit. ECU will not give credit for any of your MLT courses, but there is a mechanism that we use in CLSC to compensate for this which is explained below. ECU will give you credit for any other courses, though, that have an equivalent course at ECU or as elective credit.

The courses that are in the pre-professional phase of the CLSC degree are taken in departments outside of CLSC, therefore, we have no control over when and how they are offered. The pre-professional courses you must take are listed below as the specific ECU course along with the equivalent course at a community college if you prefer to take these courses in your home community. You will not have to take those courses for which you receive transfer credit.

Pre-Professional Phase Courses

Science Prerequisite Courses

ECU Courses Community/Junior College Courses
BIOL 1100, 1101

BIO 111

BIOL 2130 BIO 163
CHEM 1150, 1151 CHM 151
CHEM 1160, 1161 CHM 152
CHEM 2750, 2753 CHM 251
CHEM 2760, 2763 CHM 252
MATH 1065 MAT 161
MATH 2228 MAT 151 & 151A or 155 & 155A
MIS 2223 CIS 110

Foundations Curriculum courses (required for all BS and BA degrees at ECU)*

ECU Courses Community/Junior College Courses
ENGL 1100 ENG 111
ENGL 1200 ENG 112 or 113 or 114
PSYC 1000 PSY 150
HLTH 1000 HEA 110 or 120
EXSS 1000 PED any 100 level course
Social Science (4 3-credit hour courses from 3 different prefixes) Includes courses in sociology, history, political science, psychology, geography, ethics, economics, and gerontology
Humanities/Fine Arts (2 3-credit hour and 2 2-credit hour courses with at least 1 course in humanities and 1 course in fine arts) Humanities include courses in literature, greek and roman vocabulary, religion, ethics, philosophy, and literature in a foreign language:  Fine Arts include courses in art, music, theatre, dance, and speech

* Note:  Students who enter ECU with an associate of arts degree will be approved as meeting all ECU general education requirements.


Professional Phase (CLSC) Courses

Automatic Credit

In recognition of a MLT/CLT education, you will be given credit for the following 7 required courses based on meeting the eligibility requirements for the MTTP. For the 7 courses you will be given credit for, continued competence must be demonstrated. CLS faculty will determine student remediation, if necessary, prior to the student being allowed to continue through the program. These courses are:

CLSC 3410 Hematology I 3
CLSC 3411 Hematology I Lab 1
CLSC 4430 Clinical Chemistry I 2
CLSC 4431 Clinical Chemistry I Lab 1
CLSC 3440 Clinical Microscopy and Serology Lecture 2
CLSC 3441 Clinical Microscopy and Serology Lab 1
BIOL 2110, 2111 Fundamentals of Microbiology with Lab 4
TOTAL 14 credit hours

This credit will be awarded through "credit by memo" with posting of credit for HPRO 2502, 2503, 2504, and 2505 on your transcript.



It should take you approximately 2 years to complete the MTTP to your BS degree taking a full academic load each semester (15-18 credits/semester). 

For further information on the MTTP, contact:


Department of Clinical Laboratory Science
College of Allied Health Sciences
East Carolina University
Health Sciences Building, 3410
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


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