Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science

Why study Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical laboratory scientists are allied health professionals who contribute to patient care by performing diagnostic laboratory tests that assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. We use advanced biomedical instrumentation and technology to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids in the areas of hematology, immunology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, and molecular biology. We are competent in collecting, processing and analyzing biological specimens; performing lab procedures; evaluating/interpreting results and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions. Additionally, we monitor test quality, integrate data, problem solve, conduct research, develop new test methods and consult with other members of the healthcare team.

Graduates of the NAACLS* accredited MLS program are prepared for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the Medical Laboratory, MLS (ASCP) credential.

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. All students are encouraged to apply. Please visit High School Student Admissions for more information about first-year student admission requirements. 

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

For information about the admission requirements for the Medical Laboratory Sciences clinical curriculum, please visit Professional/Clinical Year Admissions.


Students who succeed in this field have a love and aptitude for science and strong analytical abilities. 

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, public/government health agencies and laboratories for forensics, research and development and reference and pharmaceutical testing. The MLS will work both independently and with a team. The profession is constantly evolving due to rapid advances in healthcare, science and technology. Regardless of the setting, the work is challenging, fast paced and collaborative. 

MLS graduates are well qualified for entry into professional healthcare programs, such as medical or physician’s assistant, and graduate programs.

Most jobs for medical laboratory scientists require a bachelor's degree and certification. To be eligible to sit for a board of certification exam, most credentialing organizations require completion of a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Advanced certification is available in each laboratory area for those who choose to pursue a higher level of training, education and experience.

Demand for medical laboratory scientists is high throughout the nation, with new jobs outpacing the number of new MLS graduates. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:

  • MLS job outlook is "faster than average" at 13%, double the average growth rate for all occupations.
  • The median annual salary for medical laboratory scientists was $52,330 in May 2018. 
Upon admission, students are assigned to an academic advisor with the College of Allied Health Sciences for their time in the program. 

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 are student who wishes to transfer from a college or university outside of the University of Cincinnati system, please visit Transfer Admissions for more information.

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your major to one in the College of Allied Health Sciences, please visit Transition Students for more information.

International students must submit transcripts with each course evaluated by the World Education Services. The TOEFL exam is also required for all international students and waived for some countries: details and score requirements can be found on the UC International Student Services website.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round with deadlines listed in the admissions sections by type: high school, transfer, transition (changing UC majors) and international.

For information about admission to the professional/clinical portion of the MLS program, please visit Professional/Clinical Year Admissions.

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

The UC Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by:

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

Mel Woods
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
(513) 558-2901

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Program Code: 35BAC-MLSC-BS