Program Information


Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) students will spend five semesters completing their general education and prerequisite science courses, followed by three semesters of professional courses. Application for admission into the MLS program occurs one year prior to the beginning of winter semester admission. Students with an earned baccalaureate degree who have completed appropriate prerequisite courses may also apply for admission.

After successful admission to the program, students complete three semesters of professional coursework which includes classes at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and clinical rotation through an affiliated hospital laboratory. During this time, students 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, transfusion medicine and microbiology, and then progress through advanced courses in these areas. Students will learn to apply the knowledge and technical skills taught in the classroom. View the program competencies and essential functions below:

At the completion of the MLS program, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Grand Valley State University in Medical Laboratory Science and will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. Granting of the baccalaureate degree is not contingent on passing the National Board of Certification exam.

Professional Course Sequence

Medical Laboratory Science Professional Courses: 36 credit hours

Careers in Medical Laboratory Science

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National Certification

Students working toward a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science from GVSU become eligible for national certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology – Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC). 

Graduation is not contingent on passing the national ASCP-BOC certification examination.

Application requirements are available for review at the  ASCP-BOC  website or at 800-267-2727 for more information.  

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