Medical Laboratory Science

What is MLS?

Medical laboratory scientists (AKA Medical Technologists) perform complex analyses in order to develop data on the blood, tissues, and fluids of the human body, that may be used by a physician in determining the presence, extent, and as far a possible, cause of a disease. These laboratory tests play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment, of many diseases. Medical laboratory scientists work in conjunction with pathologists and other physicians or scientists.

Medical laboratory scientists also establish and monitor quality assurance and quality improvement programs and design or modify procedures as necessary. Tests and procedures performed by clinical laboratory scientists focus on the major areas of hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, and urinalysis.

Medical Laboratory Science students will complete their general education courses and core science courses at Grand Valley in the freshman, sophomore, and the first semester of the junior years at GVSU, Allendale campus. During the sophomore year, students will apply for the professional portion of the program. After admission to the program, the second semester of the junior year and the senior year will be spent at GVSU's Center for Health Sciences in Grand Rapids. During the junior and senior years, students will integrate the theories of clinical medicine with the practice of clinical laboratory procedures. The students first learn basic theories and skills in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, and clinical microbiology and progress through advanced courses in these areas during the senior year. Senior students will apply the knowledge and technical skills learned in the classroom as they rotate through the laboratories of the hospitals in the cooperative. At the end of the senior year, students will be awarded a baccalaureate from GVSU in Medical Laboratory Science and be able to sit for the national certification exam.

CLS Student in lab

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