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. 

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

The graduation rate of West Liberty University students entering the MLS program is 100%, with an attrition rate of 0%. For graduates who actively seek employment, the placement rate is 100%. In addition, the majority of graduates pass the national certification examination, often scoring higher than other universities in several content areas.

2017-2021 BOC Pass Rates

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       

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