Pre-Medical Laboratory Scientist

Medical Laboratory Scientist as a career

Medical Laboratory Scientists, also known as Clinical Laboratory Scientists or Medical Technologists, are licensed healthcare professionals. Often referred to as “diagnostic detectives”, Medical Laboratory Scientists work in hospitals, private clinical labs, research labs, and other medical laboratory environments. They perform and analyze the results of scientific tests on blood and other bodily fluids.

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University Course Work

  • Meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor each semester. The Pre-Health Professions Advisor serves as a supplementary advisor to the students’ primary (major) advisor, and assists students by offering guidance in selecting appropriate courses, connecting with resources both on and off campus, ensuring that they are on track with their career goals, and addressing questions and concerns.
  • Choose a college major that you enjoy and that provides a good “back-up plan” and career path in case you change your mind about becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientist. 
  • The MLS license requires a Bachelor's degree with required course work to qualify for an MLS trainee license and entry into a training internship program, such as Providence Sacred Heart - Medical Laboratory Science Program
  • Carefully check admission requirements to your top choice accredited clinical laboratory science programs: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  It is highly recommended that you contact or review each program's website to confirm prerequisite courses and learn whether or not they accept AP credit and/or online coursework for prerequisites.  In general, most Clinical Laboratory Science programs require at a minimum:
      • 16 semester credits of Chemistry including general chemistry and upper division organic chemistry and/or biochemistry
      • 16 semester credits of Biology including general microbiology, immunology and pathogenic microbiology
      • One college level Mathematics course (statistics preferred)