Prospective Students

Interested in pursuing a 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 

Additional Profession and Program Information

If you would like to learn more about the profession, consider enrolling in MLSP 1010: Orientation to Medical Laboratory Science

Earning a Professional Credential in Medical Laboratory Sciences

After successfully completing the MLS program, you will be eligible to take the ASCP National Certification Exam.  There are several pathways to eligibility:

  • Are you a seeking your first baccalaureate degree?
    • University of Minnesota students will earn a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Transfer students from a 2-4 year institution will earn a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Are you an affiliated student from Minnesota State University-Mankato, Saint Cloud State University, or the University of Wisconsin-River Falls?
    •  Affiliated students will earn a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Are you a student with a previous BS, BA, or Higher Degree?   
    • Apply to earn a second BS degree
    • Apply to earn a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science
    • Apply to earn a Professional Masters in MLS (MMLS)

Application Deadlines

The application process typically opens in August with a priority application deadline of February 1st.  For more information, view the Apply to Program: Admissions Overview.

Criteria for Admission

Primary Factors Considered for Admissions: 

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75; 3.0 or higher is considered competitive
  • Prerequisite GPA – GPA of specific program requirements (Academic Requirements)
  • Overall Science and Math GPA – all physical science and math courses completed at the college level (Academic Requirements)
  • Number of repeated courses
  • Number of course withdrawals
  • Rating on the personal Interview
  • Performance on the Admissions Skills Assessment 

Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual decisions. 

  • Work experience in medical or other laboratory setting
  • Rigor of your academic record
  • Number of semesters with full time enrollment including science laboratory courses
  • Military service
  • Knowledge of MLS profession
  • Advanced degrees

Preparing to Apply

  1. Complete the online virtual First Steps Session First Steps Session
  2. More questions?  Attend an in-person First Steps Session
  3. Review the Academic Requirements
  4. Refer to Transfer (Planning) Guides if needed.
  5. Review the Non-Academic Requirements.
  6. Review the Terms and Conditions requirement.
  7. Print and review the Application Instructions.
  8. Utilize the Application Checklist to guide the application process.