Academic Programs

MLS Programs

laboratory tubesThe MLS Program currently offers two options for enrollment: Bachelor of Science degree or and Certificate in MLS. 
  • UM students who are receiving their first baccalaureate degree must enroll in the BS degree plan
  • Students from affiliated academic institutions must enroll in the Certificate in MLS from UM because they will receive their BS degree from their home institution
  • Students who already have a baccalaureate degree from UM may opt for the Certificate in MLS or a second major at UM
  • Students who already have a baccalaureate degree from another institution may opt for the Certificate in MLS or a second BS degree plan

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

The curriculum for the Medical Laboratory Sciences degree at the University of Minnesota is a two-tiered degree program.  Students must first complete prerequisite courses including both Liberal Education requirements and Science course requirements.

Once students have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher and have earned at least 60 credits, they may apply for admission into Year 3 of the MLS Program.  During Year 3 of the program admitted students will continue with required science foundation courses and complete the remaining Liberal Education requirements before entering Year 4. 

Admitted students who successfully complete Year 3 of the MLS program and have met the requirements for program progression, will transition into the Professional year (Year 4) of the MLS Program. 

On a space available basis, students who have completed all of the prerequisite courses and Year 3 requirements may apply for admission directly into Year 4 of the MLS Program.  Direct Year 4 admission is especially advantageous for students who already have a bachelors degree and have met the admission requirements.  Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee admission into Year 3 or Year 4 of the MLS Program.       

Suggested Course of Study for BS degree Plan

Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences

The curriculum for the Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Minnesota includes the Science prerequisite and Foundation courses as well as the Professional MLSP courses.

Students from academic affiliated institutions (St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University-Mankato, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls) complete their BS degree requirements from their home institution but take the MLS Professional program courses at UM.  They are awarded the Certificate after completion of the program requirements.

Students who already have a degree from UM or another institution may apply for admission directly into Year 4 of the MLS Program. Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the MLS Program Certificate plan.    

Suggested Course of Study for Certificate Plan          

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program (MLSP) is one of teaching, research and service.  The primary mission of the MLSP is to enhance the quality of patients’ health by:

  1. being a leader in medical laboratory science education with special attention to the needs of the state of Minnesota;
  2. pursuing and disseminating new knowledge with original and creative research in the practice of medical laboratory science, education and medicine; and
  3. providing educational and collaborative opportunities to academic institutions, industry partners and the community.

UM Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

UM Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

At the completion of a Baccalaureate degree from UM, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and solve problems
  2. Locate and critically evaluate information
  3. Use a body of knowledge and mode of inquiry with mastery 
  4. Understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies
  5. Communicate effectively
  6. Understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across disciplines
  7. Use the skills acquired at the University for effective citizenship and life-long learning

UM Development Outcomes for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

UM Development Outcomes for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

The successful University of Minnesota student engages in activities which develop and demonstrate achievement in several areas.

Responsibility and Accountability

  • Makes appropriate decisions regarding his/her own behavior
  • Recognizes and accepts consequences of actions
  • Meets agreed upon expectations
  • Follows through on commitments
  • Willing to accept responsibility for personal errors
  • Takes responsibility for his/her own learning

Independence and Interdependence

  • Appropriately determines when to act alone and when to work or consult with others
  • Demonstrates ability to initiate action and effectively engage others to enhance outcomes
  • Works with minimum supervision whether it be alone or within a group
  • Adapts behavior as appropriate in response to team or organization needs

Goal Orientation

  • Manages energy and behavior to accomplish specific outcomes
  • Possesses and maintains sufficient motivation to achieve goals
  • Has an understanding about how to use his/her talents and skills to
    contribute to the betterment of society
  • Demonstrates effective planning and purposeful behavior
  • Does not allow distractions to prevent timely completion of tasks
  • Pushes self, when needed, to accomplish goals


  • Maintains and projects optimistic perspective
  • Expects the best from self and others
  • Accurately assesses and articulates (when appropriate) personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Shows interest in learning about others and their accomplishments
  • Demonstrates ability to help others adapt to new situations


  • Able to recover from disappointment or bad experience and continue to
    work successfully
  • Able to learn from a bad experience and recover
  • Able to work through disappointments (i.e., what caused them, what can
    be done to avoid them next time, and what can be done to repair them now)

Appreciation of Differences

  • Works effectively with others, despite differences; can respectfully discuss
    differences with others
  • Recognizes advantages of moving outside existing “comfort zone”
  • Seeks out others with different backgrounds and/or perspectives to improve decision making
  • Appreciates the importance of diversity and conveys this value to others
  • Understands and respects the values and beliefs of others

Tolerance of Ambiguity

  • Demonstrates intellectual and emotional ability to perform in complicated environments and the absence of standard operating procedures
  • Can work under conditions of uncertainty

MLS Program Goals

MLS Program Goals

The MLS program pursues its mission through teaching, research, and actively working with the health care community to assist in meeting the medical laboratory needs of the State of Minnesota. Specifically, the program:

  • Educates students to be medical laboratory professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and values to provide competent and ethical practice in medical laboratory science;
  • Develops new knowledge about the practice of medical laboratory science;
  • Helps communities and other professionals develop an awareness and understanding of the role of the medical laboratory professional and the work they perform;
  • Collaborates with other professionals within the health care community to assess the changing needs of the medical laboratory, designs solutions to meet the challenges, and monitors the quality of laboratory practice; and
  • Provides continuing education opportunities to practicing medical laboratory professionals

Student Outcome Goals

Student Outcome Goals

After completion of the MLS professional curriculum (BS and Certificate), the student should be able to:

  1. Master the MLS Body of Knowledge and mode of inquiry appropriate for graduates entering the profession, including interpretation, performance and application of laboratory testing.
  2. Identify and critically evaluate information and develop a plan toward problem resolution.
  3. Develop a health care partnership with other providers for the improvement of patient and community health.
  4. Communicate laboratory information effectively to a variety of audiences (patients, health care providers, families, and community).
  5. Disseminate relevant materials to professional colleagues and community stakeholders through research and scholarly inquiry.
  6. Discuss/Describe the value of continuing personal and professional development within our professional scope of practice.