Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory science (MLS) plays an important role in health care.
MLS professionals use high-tech equipment to analyze patients' blood, body fluids, tissue, and cells. The tests they perform are used to diagnose serious medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and much more. Their work and scientific expertise help physicians decide the best course of action.
Laboratory medicine is a large field. As a professional, you can work in any area of laboratory medicine, including:
- Blood Banking
You can also choose the work environment that interests you. MLS professionals can be found in:
- Commercial Laboratories
- Blood Banks
- Public Health Agencies
- Pharmaceutical Research
Point of Pride
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program at Illinois State University have enjoyed a 99% placement rate in laboratory medicine and graduate school.
Why study Medical Laboratory Science?
Medical Laboratory Science at Illinois State is a highly-ranked program. With an accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), our program will give you a quality education that can lead you to a successful career.
The medical laboratory science field will give you plenty of career options. At Illinois State, our curriculum lets you experience a variety of departments in the lab so you can find your true passion.
You’ll also get two full semesters of professional experience your senior year. You’ll spend one semester in a hospital setting and the other online. With our program, you won’t have to worry about getting a spot for your professional practice. We have enough sites for everyone.
You’ll graduate from our program as a generalist which means you’ll have experience in each of the laboratory subjects. This gives you the power to choose what kind of career path you want to have.
Our graduates are also qualified to sit for the following certifications:
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!
Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.