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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Medical Laboratory Science - Program Description

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Degree Offered

B.S. in medical laboratory science

Medical laboratory science is an undergraduate field of study that prepares graduates to become certified medical laboratory scientists (MLS). Medical laboratory scientists are essential health care professionals; they perform clinical laboratory tests that aid in the detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease. Blood, tissue, urine, and other body fluids are examined and analyzed, and results of these complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological tests provide important decision making information to a patient's medical team. Medical laboratory scientists work primarily in hospital settings; however, job opportunities exist in molecular, research, forensic, and veterinary labs as well as in instrument training/sales, lab management, and education. Medical laboratory scientists are required to use significant analytical and independent judgment; their technical skills are in high demand.


The medical laboratory science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Contact information for NAACLS:; email:; telephone: (773) 714-8880; address: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program

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. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Academic achievement. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and a science GPA of 2.8 or above. Completion of BMS 208, BIO 120, CHM 109, and completion of 45 semester hours of credit.
  2. Communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Recommendations. Three recommendations must be submitted on university forms-one from a chemistry faculty, one from a science laboratory faculty, and the third source is the choice of the applicant.
  4. Additional activities. Additional educational, professional, leadership, scholarly, and volunteer activities are valued and should be documented.
  5. Students should be aware that prior to the beginning of their clinical courses, they must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including but not limited to a criminal background check and drug screening. It is the responsibility of the student to comply. If there is a positive result, the clinical sites have the right to refuse a student's placement which may negatively impact a student's ability to progress in the medical laboratory science program. In addition, individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a crime may not be eligible for national certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology - Board of Certification. Students to whom this may apply are strongly advised to work with the ASCP-BOC for preapplication review of eligibility for certification from their website at . The ASCP-BOC contact information: Phone: (800) 267-2727; Fax: (312)-541-4472.

The following program is available:

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

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