Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Pre- Medicine track 

The Medical Laboratory Science Pre-Medicine program allows you to complete the standard program while substituting and adding some additional courses in order to fulfill common pre-med requirements with flexibility to take any specific prerequisite courses needed for targeted graduate programs. 

After graduation, you will be prepared to enter medical and other professional health care programs while also being prepared to enter the in-demand Medical Laboratory Science profession. Entering medical school or related programs as an MLS gives you the advantage of a professional foundation in diagnostic laboratory testing, which factors heavily in the majority of physician's decisions regarding patient care. 

Graduates of the Pre-Med track are still graduating from a NAACLS* accredited MLS program and will be prepared for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the Medical Laboratory, MLS (ASCP) credential.

Graduates are well prepared to enter into graduate and professional health care programs such as medical, dental, physician assistant and those for graduate research. The bachelor’s degree is the terminal degree for Medical Laboratory Scientists, who work in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, public/government health agencies, and laboratories for reference and pharmaceutical testing, forensics, research and development.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Medical Laboratory Science majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Admissions Information for....

High School Students

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies if who have yet to attend a college or university). 

Highly qualified incoming first-year students may be offered direct admission to the clinical year along with their offer of UC admission to the MLS program. If you do not qualify for dual admission, you can be offered admission to the clinical year by participating in the annual progression check.  All MLS majors, including those directly admitted to their clinical year, and pre-MLS majors, are required to submit an annual progression check each year before entering the clinical year.

Transfer Students

If you have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning your high school credentials, then you are consdiered a transfer student.

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student. 

Transition Students

If you are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS), you are considered a transition student.

Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student

Clinical Year Students

The clinical year is required to complete the BS-MLS and starts in the fall, lasting for three full-time semesters or as a part time or co-op option, both of which require two years to complete. All prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the clinical year. Admission to the clinical year is competitive and requires separate application. The deadline to apply is October 1 preceding the intended starting fall semester. 

Please visit Clinical Year Application for more information. 

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities. 

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Pre-Med track allows you to complete common pre-med requirements with flexibility to take any specific prerequisite courses needed for targeted graduate programs. For example, the pre-med track replaces BioChemistry with Organic Chemistry and adds Physics. You should work with your advisor to determine any specific courses required for the programs you are applying. 

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Graduates of the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical laboratory science program consistently perform higher than the national average on the American Society for Clinical Pathology's Board of Certification Exam in medical laboratory science

Medical laboratory science board certification pass rate*




UC Medical laboratory science**




National average




Medical laboratory sciences graduation rate and placement rate **




Graduation rate***




Placement rate 97% 97% 98%

*First attempts at ASCP BOC exam within one year of graduation.

**Includes on campus BS, online BS and on campus certificate tracks.

***As calculated by NAACLS guidelines based on students graduating that began the second half of the program


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;;

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Kelsey Huelse

Admissions Counselor, College of Allied Health Sciences