Medical Laboratory Science


Why study Medical Laboratory Science?

UC's seven-semester, online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program (BS MLS) offers working professional clinical laboratory technicians (CLTs) and medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree and develop the skills needed for professional growth in a rigorous program with the convenience of online learning — students complete almost all of the course work online with exceptions as follows: occasionally students will need to take proctored exams at a testing center or other location and clinical rotations required at the end of the program are completed on-site in laboratories, usually scheduled where the student works. Students may also apply for life experience credit to reduce or eliminate clinical rotation hours.

Associate degree credits transfer directly to the online BS in medical laboratory science. Graduates are eligible and well prepared for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS (ASCP) credential.

The most recent program outcomes can be found on the Program Outcomes page. 

Admission Requirements

To learn more about our admission requirements, please visit UC Online's MLS Admission Requirements page. 

Ranked in the "Top 20 Best Jobs" in the Jobs Rated Almanac, MLS/MLTs have expanded career options. Hospitals, reference and research labs, industry and public health facilities all currently have open positions for qualified applicants.

For more information and help applying, visit the website for UC's AS to BS in Medical Laboratory Science

Transfer Articulation Agreements & Pathways 

UC has developed clear pathways (articulation agreements) between select associate degrees at partner institutions and compatible bachelor’s degrees at UC. Each pathway includes a Transfer Degree Map that offers a semester-by-semester course comparison to assist with your transfer planning. 

The following institutions have Transfer Degree Maps for this major: 

  • Columbus State Community College 
  • Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) 
  • Sinclair Community College 
  • Alamance Community College 
  • Northcentral Technical College 
  • Reading Area Community College 
  • Southwestern Community College 

To learn more about our admission requirements, please visit UC Online's MLS Admission Requirements page. 

Application Deadlines

Deadlines can be found on UC Online's MLS Academic Calendar page. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone 773-714-8880; Fax 773-714-8886;

Contact Information

Online Medical Laboratory Science Program
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
(833) 556-8611

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Program Code: 35BAC-MLSC-BS-.MLSC-DL