Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is a biology and chemistry-based degree that prepares students for a challenging and rewarding medical career.

 Medical Laboratory Scientists are medical professionals who perform laboratory diagnostic tests on a variety of bodily fluids and tissues using scientific areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, and blood banking. The results of the analyzation and evaluation aid physicians and other health professionals in both the diagnosis of disease and the management of health.

Program Specific Options

There are currently two program pathways under Medical Laboratory Sciences at West Liberty University, each preparing students to enter a career in this rewarding, medical discipline. West Liberty University students get experiential, hands-on learning which prepares them to work in hospital, physician office, and public health laboratories. In addition, the valuable training students receive provides opportunities in basic and health-related research, health management, biotechnology, marketing, and sales. 

Tuition for the MLS program consists of the base WLU tuition (depends on residency location) plus the differential cost associated with all courses in the College of Sciences. While there are no additional fees for MLS students, there may be other WLU charges and fees that may apply.

Bachelor's Degree

This 4-year program begins with student admission as a pre-MLS student for the freshman and sophomore years. During that time, students complete general college requirements in areas including liberal arts, chemistry, and biology. After successful admission to the MLS program as juniors, students complete the required in-depth MLS courses. As seniors, students then complete clinical laboratory clinicals at local affiliated hospitals. After successful completion of the clinical portion, students finish the remainder of their senior level courses required for both graduation and the board certification examination.

Curriculum Guide – Bachelor’s Degree


Biology students or graduates that are interested in working in the Clinical Laboratory setting can use this certificate to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry exam. This is a unique pathway that allows Biology seniors or graduates three semesters to earn an MLS certificate. The first two semesters would include MLS-specific coursework on campus followed by a third semester of clinical practicum/rotations at one off the local clinical affiliates.

Curriculum Guide – Certificate Program

An Inside Look!

Program Outcomes

West Liberty University Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS accreditation involves “A process of external peer review in which NAACLS grants public recognition to education programs that meet established education standards in clinical laboratory science disciplines..” Accreditation status is dependent on meeting NAACLS benchmark outcome measures including certification, graduation, graduate placement, and attrition rates.

2021-2023 BOC Pass Rates

Our Faculty

MLS faculty are highly engaged and dedicated to providing a quality education. They actively participate in teaching courses, evaluate student achievement, develop curriculum, policy, and procedures, and assess program outcomes. Their commitment to excellence ensures that students receive the best possible education and are well-prepared for future careers.

Professors in the MLS program bring real-world knowledge and industry experience into the classroom, allowing students to gain practical insights and networking opportunities. Their guidance and mentorship equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel as Medical Laboratory Scientists.

The Medical Laboratory Sciences program uses a hands-on approach, allowing students to gain practical skills and apply theoretical concepts in a meaningful way. Students are empowered to excel academically and become competent professionals with faculty guidance and mentorship.

The MLS program at West Liberty University has successfully provided training for Medical Laboratory Scientists since 1943. The University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the MLS Program specifically is accredited through the following:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119       
Phone: 773-714-8880       

The Medical Laboratory Department is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, age, religion, handicap, veteran status, sexual orientation, or national origin in the administration of its educational program, activities or with respect to admission.

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