Prospective Students

Are you on the right track for an exciting career in Laboratory Medicine?

MLS Faculty and Student

Laboratory science professionals are vital healthcare detectives, discovering information about patient’s health status or disease; providing information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention. 

What personal qualities does it take to be a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

  • Detail Oriented
  • Strong Communication Skills (written and verbal)
  • Problem Solver
  • Works Well Under Pressure
  • Independent
  • Enjoys Science and Laboratory
  • Translate thinking into doing
  • Prioritizes well 

High Quality Education

Our faculty include teaching specialists and doctoral faculty teaching in their areas of expertise. Curriculum and course content are continually updated to incorporate the latest developments in the profession. Graduation rates and first-time board-licensing pass rates are consistently above the national averages. 

Access to Learning Materials

With our hybrid delivery format for lecture courses (face-to-face and online) students have increased flexibility to learn when and where they learn best. This hybrid delivery format allows students to select the time and place for their study optimizing student engagement; to review as many times as they wish and wherever they wish to access them. 

Focus on Experiential Learning and Professional Competencies

Students participate within communities through our public and professional engagement curricular thread within our curriculum. Supervised clinical experiences at over 50 laboratory sites in Minnesota and surrounding states provide hands on reinforcement of course content and develop confidence and skills competencies prior to graduation. 

Program Faculty

MLS Program faculty are actively engaged in the local, state, and national levels of the medical laboratory profession. Faculty hold positions on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Program Approval Review Committee, NAACLS Accreditation site visitor, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) advisory committees, State of Minnesota Clinical Laboratory Collaborative Council, Health Force Minnesota Laboratory Task Force and Simulation Advisory Committee, and the Minnesota Licensure Coalition.

Strength of History

The University of Minnesota Medical Laboratory Sciences program is the oldest medical laboratory education program in the United States. Started in 1922 and with its first graduate in 1923, the program is steeped in a long term tradition of cutting-edge, quality education practices. The vast majority of medical laboratory personnel in the State of Minnesota are graduates of the University’s program. Those graduates have are now in medical laboratory and corporate leadership positions throughout the state.