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Medical laboratory science student in class. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.

Medical laboratory scientists perform complex analyses to develop data on blood, tissues, and fluids of the human body. These laboratory tests play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases.

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Program Overview

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Students spend five semesters completing their general education and core science courses, followed by three semesters of professional courses. Prerequisite science courses include chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and physics. After admission to the program, students complete professional coursework, which also includes 18 weeks of clinical rotations at an affiliated hospital laboratory. MLS is a secondary admission program. Application information is available at

Why Study Medical Laboratory Science at Grand Valley?

  • Our well-established program provides a strong curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, and clinical placements to prepare students for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam.
  • Students enjoy small class sizes, cohort experiences, and clinical rotations at hospital affiliate laboratories.
  • Clinical courses are taught in downtown Grand Rapids, MI in the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building, located in the heart of the medical mile.
  • Two MLS students are selected yearly to receive the Peter P. and Patricia R. Renucci and Family Scholarships.
  • GVSU's MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; 5600 N. River Rd; Suite 720; Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: (773) 714-8880.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

  • Face To Face

Career Options

Medical laboratory scientists are in demand and find employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Private clinics
  • Physician offices
  • State health departments
  • Research and molecular laboratories

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the medical laboratory science program will be competitive, requiring completion of a secondary application. Applications are due February 15 of the sophomore year. Late applications will be considered assuming requirements are met and space is available in the program. For a list of admission criteria, click here.

For More Information

College of Health Professions Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Services
Medical Laboratory Science
301 Michigan St. NE, Room 430
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5600

Admissions Office