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Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science

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Program Intro

Medical technology, or medical laboratory science, is a field involving the clinical tests necessary to evaluate health and to diagnose and treat diseases. Certified medical laboratory scientists work in clinical labs in settings as varied as healthcare, research, public health, forensics, teaching and the pharmaceutical industry.

Department of Biological Sciences

The program provides a rigorous background in biology, chemistry and other sciences. This foundation guarantees a high likelihood of acceptance into fourth-year clinical training with regional hospitals. With this degree, you can become a certified laboratory scientist in only four years and graduate with immediate employment opportunities.

Curriculum Overview

The BS in Medical Laboratory Science is a 3+1 program. The first three years (88 credits) of coursework provides a solid foundation in science and all general education courses required for a bachelor’s degree. In your fourth year, you’ll complete 32 credits of clinical training in an affiliated hospital.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in biology and learn essential lab skills.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 10100 – Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 10700 – Freshman Experience In Biological Sciences
  • CHM 11500 – General Chemistry

Complete 80 percent of the required core in biology in your second year.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 31600 – Basic Microbiology
  • CHM 25500 – Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 25501 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Finish your PNW coursework and apply for admission to next year’s clinical program at affiliated hospitals.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 24400 – Genetics
  • PHYS 22000 – General Physics

Complete your clinical work and take the national exam to become a certificated medical laboratory scientist.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 34200 – Biological Science Practicum
  • BIOL 34200 – Biological Science Practicum


In this program, you’ll get advanced training with state-of-the-art clinical equipment for specimen, protein and DNA analysis.

Over 90 percent of our students are hired immediately upon graduation. Labor statistics predict a 13 percent increase in jobs in this field from 2016 to 2026, compared to 7 percent for all other occupations.

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Upon completion of the program, you can take the national exam administered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology to become certified as a professional medical laboratory scientist (MLS). This accreditation is recognized nationally and internationally.


Students in this program can apply for a scholarship from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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Beyond the Classroom

As an MLS student, you’re encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, pursue internships, volunteer in the community and join student clubs or organizations.

Career Paths

Trained and certified medical laboratory scientists have career choices in:

  • Clinical laboratories, research, forensics or public health
  • Education
  • The pharmaceutical industry


Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and companies like:

  • Community Healthcare Systems
  • Franciscan Health
  • Alverno Laboratories


Clinical training sites for this program are certified by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Meet the Faculty

Feng-Song Wang, Ph.D.

Feng-Song Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor Wang studies how directed growth cone movement, mainly an actin-based cell motility, guides the pathfinding of a growing neurite during the formation of nervous system.

Vanessa Quinn

Vanessa S. Quinn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean; Professor of Biology

Vanessa Quinn teaches upper division courses and non-major courses in the department of Biological Sciences.

Radmila Sarac Stanic

Radmila Sarac Stanic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Radmila Stanic is an associate professor of biological sciences. Her research and teaching focus on cellular physiology, animal physiology and molecular biology.

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